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Vermilion Booster Shots: Attractive bottom-fishing stocks

For investors looking for bottom-fishing candidates; stocks that are breaking downtrends, exhibiting ascending reaction lows, and showing stabilizing relative strength.
Adtran Inc.

ADTRAN is a provider of networking and communications equipment. The company's solutions enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. These solutions are deployed by communications service providers, distributed enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses, public and private enterprises, and individual users worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Network Solutions, which provides software and hardware product, supporting fiber- and copper-based infrastructures and wireless; and Services and Support, which provides a range of maintenance, turnkey network implementation, maintenance, solutions integration and managed services.

Advanced Energy Industries Inc.

Advanced Energy Industries designs, manufactures, sells and supports precision power products that transform electrical power into various usable forms. The company's products enable thin film manufacturing processes such as plasma enhanced chemical and physical deposition and etch for various semiconductor and industrial products, industrial thermal applications for material and chemical processes, and specialty power for critical industrial applications. The company also supplies thermal instrumentation products for temperature measurement and control in these markets. The company's network of global service support centers provide local repair and field service capability in key regions.

Allstate Corp.

Allstate is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in the property and casualty insurance business in the U.S. and Canada. The company's segments include: Allstate Protection, which provides private passenger auto, homeowners, other personal lines and commercial insurance; Service Businesses, which includes SquareTrade that provides consumer protection plans and related technical support; Allstate Life, which provides interest-sensitive and variable life insurance products, as well as distributes non-proprietary retirement products; and Allstate Benefits, which provides voluntary benefits products, including life, accident, critical illness, and other health insurance products.

Ameriprise Financial

Ameriprise Financial is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a range of products and services to individual and institutional clients. The company has the following segments: Advice and Wealth Management, which provides financial planning and advice, as well as brokerage services, primarily to retail clients through its financial advisors; Asset Management, which provides investment management and advice and investment products to clients through its subsidiaries; Annuities, which provides RiverSource variable and fixed annuity products to individual clients; and Protection, which provides a variety of products including life, disability income and property casualty insurance.


Arconic is engaged in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing. The company's segments include: Engineered Products and Solutions, which produces products that are used mainly in the aerospace (commercial and defense), industrial, commercial transportation, and power generation end markets; Global Rolled Products, which produces aluminum sheet and plate for a variety of end markets, and also produces aseptic foil for the packaging end market; and Transportation and Construction Solutions, which produces products that are used in the commercial transportation and nonresidential building and construction end markets, and also produces aluminum products for the industrial products end market.


AT&T is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a provider of telecommunications, media and technology services globally. The company has four reportable segments: Communications, which provides wireless and wireline telecom, video and broadband services to consumers located in the U.S. or in U.S. territories and businesses globally; WarnerMedia, which includes media and entertainment businesses that principally develop, produce and distribute feature films, television content, and other content globally; Latin America, which provides entertainment services in Latin America and wireless services in Mexico; and Xandr, which develops digital advertising services.


Athenex is a biopharmaceutical company, focused in the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of cancer. The company is focused on Orascovery platform, an oral anti-cancer drugs for cancer treatments. The company's Orascovery platform is based on the novel P-gp pump inhibitor molecule HM30181A. Oraxol, the company's Orascovery drug candidate is composed of HM30181A co-administered with an oral dosage form of paclitaxel. The company also has three other clinical product candidates in this platform, Oratecan, Oradoxel and Oratopo, which include HM30181A co-administered with an oral formulation of IV-administered chemotherapeutic agents, irinotecan, docetaxel and topotecan, respectively.

AutoNation Inc.

AutoNation, through its subsidiaries, is an automotive retailer. The company provides a range of automotive products and services, including new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, which includes automotive repair and maintenance services as well as wholesale parts and collision businesses, and automotive finance and insurance products, which include vehicle service and other protection products, and the arranging of financing for vehicle purchases through third-party finance sources.Co. owns and operates new vehicle franchises from stores located in the U.S., predominantly in main metropolitan markets in the Sunbelt region. The company has three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury.

Blackrock Inc

BlackRock is an investment management firm. The company provides a range of investment and technology services to institutional and retail clients worldwide. Products are provided directly and through intermediaries in a variety of vehicles, including open-end and closed-end mutual funds, iShares? exchange-traded funds, separate accounts, collective investment trusts and other pooled investment vehicles. The company also provides technology services, including the investment and risk management technology platform, Aladdin?, Aladdin Wealth, Cachematrix and FutureAdvisor, as well as advisory services and solutions to a base of institutional and wealth management clients.

Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment is a holding company that provides casino-entertainment and hospitality services. The company's facilities include gaming offerings, food and beverage outlets, hotel and convention space, and non-gaming entertainment options. The company also operates an online gaming business that provides real money games in certain jurisdictions. The company's consolidated business is composed of five complementary businesses: casino entertainment, food and beverage, rooms and hotel, casino management services, and entertainment and other business operations. As of Dec 31 2017, through its consolidated entities, the company operated 47 casino properties in 13 U.S. states and four countries outside of the U.S.

Carbon Black

Carbon Black is a provider of next-generation endpoint security solutions. The company's predictive security cloud platform continuously captures, records and analyzes rich, unfiltered endpoint data. The company's solutions enable customers to predict, prevent, detect, respond to and remediate cyber attacks before they cause a damaging incident or data breach.

Cboe Global Markets

Cboe Global Markets is an exchange holding company. The company provides trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded products, global foreign exchange and multi-asset volatility products based on the VIX Index. The company operates in five segments: Options, U.S. Equities, Futures, European Equities and Global FX. The company also provides trading in products and licenses based on its proprietary indexes and index methodologies, including volatility index products based on various broad-based market indexes, volatility indexes based on ETFs and individual stocks and options strategy benchmarks.

Chimerix Inc

Chimerix is a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing medicines that improve outcomes for immunocompromised patients. The company's main compound, Brincidofovir is an investigational nucleoside analog that has antiviral activity in vitro against all five families of double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid viruses that cause human disease. Potential indications for brincidofovir include prevention of serious viral infections in hematopoietic or stem cell transplant recipients (HCT), treatment of serious adenoviruses infection and disease, treatment of smallpox, and treatment of BK virus infection in kidney and HCT transplant recipients.

Circor International Inc.

CIRCOR International designs, manufactures and markets technology products and sub-systems for markets including industrial, oil and gas, aerospace and defense, and commercial marine. The company has the following reportable business segments: CIRCOR Energy, which provides integrated flow control solutions, valves and services primarily in the oil and gas end market; CIRCOR Advanced Flow Solutions, which provides valves, actuation, motors, switches, high pressure pneumatic systems, steam and process loop flow management solutions; and CIRCOR Fluid Handling, which provides positive displacement pumps, specialty centrifugal pumps, and lubrication management systems and services.


CoreLogic is a property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider operating in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. The company has two segments: Property Intelligence and Risk Management Solutions, which combines property information, mortgage information and consumer information to deliver housing market and property-level insights, predictive analytics and risk management capabilities; and Underwriting and Workflow Solutions, which combines property information, mortgage information and consumer information to provide mortgage origination and monitoring solutions, including underwriting-related solutions and data-enabled valuations and appraisals.

Dish Network

DISH Network is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company operates two business segments: Pay-TV and Wireless. The company provides pay-TV services under: the DISH? brand, which consists of, among other things, Federal Communications Commission licenses authorizing the company to use direct broadcast satellite and Fixed Satellite Service spectrum, the company's owned and leased satellites, and certain other assets utilized in the company's operations; and the Sling? brand, which consists of, among other things, live, linear streaming over-the-top Internet-based domestic, international and Latino video programming services. In addition, the company invests to acquire certain wireless spectrum licenses and related assets.

Easterly Government Properties

Easterly Government Properties is an internally managed real estate investment trust focused primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to U.S. Government agencies. The operations of the company is carried on primarily through Easterly Government Properties LP (the Operating Partnership) and the wholly owned subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership.


EchoStar is a holding company. The company provides satellite service operations, video delivery solutions, broadband satellite technologies and broadband internet services for home and small office customers. The company operates in two business segments: Hughes, which provides broadband satellite technologies and broadband internet services and broadband network technologies, managed services, equipment, hardware, satellite services and communication solutions; and EchoStar Satellite Services, which uses certain of the company's owned and leased in-orbit satellites and related licenses to provide satellite service operations and video delivery solutions.

Encore Capital Group Inc.

Encore Capital Group is an international specialty finance company providing debt recovery solutions and other related services for consumers across a range of financial assets. The company purchases portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables at deep discounts to face value and manages them by working with individuals as they repay their obligations and work toward financial recovery. Defaulted receivables are consumers' unpaid financial commitments to credit originators, including banks, credit unions, consumer finance companies, commercial retailers, and telecommunication companies. Defaulted receivables may also include receivables subject to bankruptcy proceedings.

Epizyme Inc

Epizyme is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that is focused on the treatment of cancer and other diseases through discovering, developing, and commercializing epigenetic medicines. The company is developing its primary product candidate, tazemetostat, an oral selective inhibitor of the EZH2 histone methyltransferase in a range of cancer types and settings, and developing the primary development candidate in its G9a program, EZM8266, for the treatment of sickle cell disease. The company also has a pipeline of drug discovery programs that target its other chromatin modifying proteins. These programs are directed to specific cancers, including both hematological malignancies and solid tumors.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.

Ethan Allen Interiors, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ethan Allen Global, Inc., and Ethan Allen Global, Inc.'s subsidiaries, is an interior design company and a manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings. The wholesale segment principally involved in the development of the Ethan Allen brand, encompasses all aspects of design, manufacture, sourcing, marketing, sale, and distribution of the company's a range of home furnishings and accents. The retail segment sells home furnishings and accents to consumers through a network of the company operated design centers.

First Business Financial Services

First Business Financial Services is a bank holding company. Through its subsidiary, First Business Bank (the Bank), the company is engaged in the commercial banking business. The Bank operates as a business bank, providing commercial banking products and services tailored to meet the specific needs of small and medium-sized businesses, business owners, executives, and individuals. The company's products and services include commercial lending, SBA lending and servicing, asset-based lending, equipment financing, factoring, trust and investment services, treasury management services and a range of deposit products. As of Dec 31 2017, the company had total assets of $1.79 billion and total deposits of $1.39 billion.

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor designs, manufactures, markets, and services a line of Ford cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, electrified vehicles, and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through its subsidiary, Ford Motor Credit Company LLC (Ford Credit), and is engaged in electrification, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions. The company has three segments: Automotive, which includes the sale of Ford and Lincoln vehicles, service parts, and accessories worldwide; Mobility, which includes its subsidiary, Ford Smart Mobility LLC and its autonomous vehicles business; and Ford Credit, which is comprised of vehicle-related financing and leasing activities.

Franklin Resources Inc.

Franklin Resources is a holding company that, together with its various subsidiaries, operates as Franklin Templeton Investments?. The company is an investment management organization that provides investment management and related services to retail, institutional and clients in jurisdictions worldwide through its investment products. The company's investment products include its funds, as well as institutional and separate accounts. The company's funds include U.S.-registered funds, non-U.S.-registered funds, and unregistered funds. In addition to investment management, the company's services include fund administration, sales, distribution, marketing, shareholder servicing, and other services.

Hibbett Sports Inc.

Hibbett Sports is an athletic-inspired fashion retailer primarily located in small and mid-sized communities across the country primarily in the South, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest regions. The company's merchandise assortment features a core selection of brand name merchandise focusing on athletic footwear, athletic and fashion apparel, team sports equipment and related accessories. The company's Hibbett Sports stores provides localized footwear, apparel, accessories and equipment. The company's Sports Additions stores provides athletic footwear, caps and a range of apparel.

Hilltop Holdings

Hilltop Holdings is a financial holding company. The company provides business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through its subsidiary, PlainsCapital Bank. The company has three business units: PlainsCapital Corporation, which provides banking and wealth, investment and treasury management services, as well as residential mortgage loans; Hilltop Securities Holdings LLC, which provides investment banking and other related financial services; and National Lloyds Corporation, which provides fire and homeowners insurance to low value dwellings and manufactured homes.

Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt Hotels is a hospitality company engaged in the development, ownership, operation, management, franchising, licensing or provision of services to a portfolio of properties, consisting of full service hotels, select service hotels, resorts, and other properties, including spas and fitness studios, timeshare, fractional, and other forms of residential and vacation properties. The company's hotels and resorts operate under seven brands: Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The company's two select service brands are Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. The company's all inclusive resort brands are Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara.

Installed Building Products

Installed Building Products is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a portfolio of services for new and existing single-family and multi-family residential and commercial building projects from its national network of over 125 branch locations in all 48 continental states and the District of Columbia. The company also installs complementary building products, including waterproofing, fire-stopping and fireproofing, garage doors, rain gutters, shower doors, closet shelving, mirrors and other products. The company serves a group of national, regional and local homebuilders, multi-family and commercial construction firms, individual homeowners and repair and remodeling contractors.

Invesco Limited


Iteris provides applied informatics that enable smart transportation and digital agriculture. The company has three segments: Roadway Sensors, which provides detection sensors and systems for traffic intersection management, communication systems and roadway traffic data collection applications; Transportation Systems, which includes engineering and consulting services, performance measurement and traffic analytics solutions, development of transportation management and traveler information systems for the intelligent transportation systems; and Agriculture and Weather Analytics, which includes ClearPath Weather, the company's road maintenance applications, and ClearAg, the company's digital agriculture platform.

KB Home

KB Home is a homebuilding company. The company builds a variety of homes designed primarily for first-time and first move-up, as well as second move-up and active adult homebuyers, including attached and detached single-family residential homes, townhomes and condominiums. The company's financial services operations provide various insurance products to its homebuyers in the markets where it builds homes and provide title services in certain of those markets. The company's financial services operations also provide mortgage banking services, including residential consumer mortgage loan originations, to its homebuyers indirectly through KBHS Home Loans, LLC, a joint venture the company formed with Stearns Lending, LLC.

LCI Industries

LCI Industries is a supplier of components for the original equipment manufacturers of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries. The company's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen and other products; vinyl, aluminum and frameless windows; manual, electric and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; appliances; televisions and sound systems; navigation systems; backup cameras; and other accessories.

Marriott International Inc. Cl A

Marriott International is an operator, franchisor, and licensor of hotels, residential and timeshare properties. The company's Luxury hotel brands include JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, EDITION, and Bulgari. The company's Premium hotel brands include Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Delta Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, and Marriott Vacation Club, Westin, Renaissance, Le Meridien, Autograph Collection, Gaylord Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, and Design Hotels. The company's Select hotel brands include Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Four Points, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Aloft, AC Hotels by Marriott, Element, and Moxy.

Masco Corp.

Masco designs, manufactures and distributes home improvement and building products. The company's segments include: Plumbing Products, which includes faucets, showerheads, handheld showers, valves, bath hardware and accessories, bathing units, shower bases and enclosures and toilets; Decorative Architectural Products, which includes paints, primers, specialty coatings, stains and waterproofing products; Cabinetry Products, which manufactures and sells semi-custom, stock and assembled cabinetry for kitchen, bath, storage, home office and home entertainment applications; and Windows and Other Specialty Products, which manufactures and sells vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum windows and patio doors.

Meridian Bancorp

Meridian Bancorp is a bank holding company. Through its subsidiary, East Boston Savings Bank, the company provides a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in its primary market, which consists of Suffolk, Norfolk, Middlesex and Essex Counties, MA. The company accepts deposits from the general public and uses those funds to originate one- to four-family real estate, multi-family and commercial real estate, construction, commercial and industrial, and consumer loans, which it primarily holds for investment. The company's lending business also involves the purchase and sale of loan participation interests.

Meta Financial Group

Meta Financial Group is a unitary savings and loan holding company. Through its subsidiary, MetaBank (the Bank), the company is accepting deposits and investing those funds in its National Lending and Community Banking loan and lease portfolios. In addition to originating loans and leases, the Bank also occasionally contracts to sell loans, such as tax refund advance loans and government guaranteed loans, to third party buyers. The Bank also sells and purchases loan participations from time to time to and from other financial institutions, as well as mortgage-backed securities and other investments permissible under applicable regulations.

MetLife Inc.

MetLife is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the company provides insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The company's segments include: U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and MetLife Holdings. In the U.S., the company provides a variety of insurance and financial services products, including life, dental, disability, property and casualty, guaranteed interest, stable value and annuities to both individuals and groups. Outside the U.S., the company provides life, medical, dental, credit and other accident and health insurance, as well as annuities, endowment and retirement and savings products to both individuals and groups.

Mohawk Industries

Mohawk Industries is a global flooring manufacturer for residential and commercial spaces around the world. The company has three reporting segments: Global Ceramic, which designs, manufactures, sources, distributes and markets a line of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tile products used for floor and wall applications; Flooring North America, which designs, manufactures, sources and distributes carpet, carpet tile, rugs and mats, carpet pad, wood, laminate, medium-density fiberboard, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and sheet vinyl; and Flooring Rest of the World, which designs, manufactures, sources and distributes laminate, wood flooring, LVT and sheet vinyl, broadloom carpet and carpet tile.


Nasdaq is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides trading, clearing, marketplace technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public and private company services. The company's offerings include trading and clearing across multiple asset classes, trade management services, data products, financial indexes, capital formation solutions, corporate solutions, and market technology products and services. The company's technology supports equity derivative trading, clearing and settlement, cash equity trading, fixed income trading, trading surveillance and other functions. The company's segments include: Market Services, Corporate Services, Information Services and Market Technology.

Navient Corp

Navient provides education loan management and business processing solutions for education, healthcare, and government clients. The company has three main reportable operating segments: Federal Education Loans, which holds and acquires Federal Family Education Loan Program Loans and performs servicing and asset recovery services on its own loan portfolio, federal education loans and other institutions; Consumer Lending, which holds, originates and acquires consumer loans and performs servicing activities on its own education loan portfolio; and Business Processing, which performs revenue cycle management and business processing services for non-education related government and healthcare clients.

New Senior Investment Group

New Senior Investment Group is a real estate investment trust with a portfolio of primarily private pay senior housing properties. The company divides its properties into two reportable segments: Managed Properties, which are operated by property managers pursuant to property management agreements; and Triple Net Lease Properties, which the company leases to tenants through long-term triple net leases. The company is externally managed and advised by FIG LLC, an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, which is an investment management firm.


NXP Semiconductors is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged as a global semiconductor company and a long-standing supplier in the industry. Co. provides High-Performance Mixed-Signal and Standard Product solutions. Co.'s product solutions are used in automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Co. engages with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and sell products in all major geographic regions.


Pieris Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biotechnology company that discovers and develops Anticalin-based drugs. The company's development plans focuses on two primary pillars, IO and respiratory diseases including, PRS-343, which is designed to target the immune receptor 4-1BB and the tumor target HER2. In addition, the company is developing PRS-080, a polyethylene glycol-conjugated Anticalin protein that binds to hepcidin, a natural regulator of iron levels in the blood. PRS-080 is designed to target hepcidin for the treatment of unctional iron deficiency in anemic patients with chronic kidney disease, particularly in end-stage renal disease patients requiring dialysis.

PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

PNC Financial Services Group is a bank holding company. The company has businesses engaged in retail banking, including residential mortgage, corporate and institutional banking and asset management, providing its products and services nationally. The company's segments are: Retail Banking, which provides deposit, lending, brokerage, insurance services, investment management and cash management products and services; Corporate and Institutional Banking, which provides lending, treasury management, and capital markets-related products and services; Asset Management Group, which provides personal wealth management; and BlackRock, which provides a range of investment and technology services.

Portola Pharmaceuticals

Portola Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics in the areas of thrombosis, other hematologic disorders and inflammation. The company is advancing three programs, including Bevyxxa? (betrixaban), an oral, once-daily Factor Xa inhibitor (anticoagulant), andexanet alfa, a recombinant protein designed to reverse the anticoagulant effect in patients treated with an oral or injectable fXa inhibitor, and cerdulatinib, a spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) and Janus kinases inhibitor in development to treat hematologic cancers. The company has a partnered program, which is focused on developing selective Syk inhibitors for inflammatory conditions.

Principal Financial Group Inc.

Principal Financial Group is an insurance holding company, which is engaged in investment management. The company provides businesses, individuals and institutional clients a range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its financial services companies. The company provides long-term investment services to institutional, retirement, high net worth and retail clients by providing a range of capabilities including equity, fixed income, real estate and other alternative investments, as well as fund offerings. The company's segments include: retirement and income solutions; principal global investors; principal international; and U.S. insurance solutions.

Prudential Financial Inc.

Prudential Financial is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the company provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers throughout the U.S. and other countries. The company operates five divisions. The PGIM division consists of the PGIM segment. The U.S. Workplace Solutions division consists of the Retirement and Group Insurance segments. The U.S. Individual Solutions division consists of the Individual Annuities and Individual Life segments. The International Insurance division consists of the International Insurance segment. Corporate and Other operations include the Closed Block division.

Raymond James Financial Inc.

Raymond James Financial is a bank holding company and financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company operates five segments: Private Client Group, which provides financial planning and securities transaction services through branch office systems; Capital Markets, which conducts institutional sales, securities trading, equity research, investment banking and the syndication and management of investments that qualify for tax credits; Asset Management, which provides investment advisory and related administrative services; Raymond James Bank, N.A., which provides corporate, securities-based, tax-exempt and residential loans; and Other, which includes its private equity activities.

Reinsurance Group of America

Reinsurance Group of America is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in providing traditional reinsurance, which includes individual and group life and health, disability, and critical illness reinsurance. The company also provides financial solutions, which includes longevity reinsurance, asset-intensive products, primarily annuities, and financial reinsurance. The company has five geographic-based and business-based operational segments: U.S. and Latin America; Canada; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; and Corporate and Other. Geographic-based operations are further segmented into traditional and financial solutions businesses.


Shutterfly is a digital retailer and manufacturer personalized products and services that provides a range of personalized photo-based products and services. The company's segments are Consumer, which includes sales activity from its brands and variety of products, such as cards and stationery, photo books, home decor, personalized gifts, and other photo-based merchandise, and the related shipping as well as its BorrowLenses brand, an online marketplace for photographic and video equipment rentals; and Shutterfly Business Solutions (SBS), which consist of personalized direct marketing and other end-consumer communications as well as just-in-time, inventory-free printing for its business customers.

SiteOne Landscape Supply

SiteOne Landscape Supply is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the U.S. and Canada. Through its North American network, the company provides a selection of stock keeping units including irrigation supplies, fertilizer and control products, landscape accessories, nursery goods, hardscapes, outdoor lighting and ice melt products. The company also provides consultative services, including assistance with irrigation network design, commercial project planning, generation of sales leads, marketing services and product support, as well as a series of technical and business management seminars that it calls SiteOne University.

Spark Energy Inc-Class A

Spark Energy is an independent retail energy services company that provides residential and commercial customers across the U.S. with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. The company's business consists of two operating segments: Retail Electricity, which purchases electricity supply through physical and financial transactions with market counterparts and independent system operators and supply electricity to residential and commercial consumers; and Retail Natural Gas, which purchases natural gas supply through physical and financial transactions with market counterparts and supply natural gas to residential and commercial consumers.

Spok Holdings

Spok Holdings is a provider of paging services and selected software solutions. The company provides subscriptions to one-way or two-way messaging services for a periodic (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual) service fee. Subscribers either contract for a messaging device from the company for an additional fixed monthly fee or they own a device, having purchased it either from the company or from another vendor. In addition, the company provides ancillary services, such as voicemail and equipment loss or maintenance protection and a number of software solutions that are used for contact centers, clinical alerting and notification, mobile communications and messaging, and for public safety notifications.

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Take-Two Interactive Software is a developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers. The company develops and publishes products principally through its two wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, as well as its Private Division label and Social Point, a developer of mobile games. The company's products are designed for console gaming systems such as the Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. PlayStation?4 and PlayStation?3, Microsoft Corporation Xbox One?, and Xbox 360?, the Nintendo Switch, and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets. The company delivers its products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services.

Toll Brothers Inc.

Toll Brothers designs, builds, markets, sells, and arranges financing for detached and attached homes in residential communities. The company caters to move-up, empty-nester, active-adult, and second-home buyers in the U.S. The company also designs, builds, markets, and sells homes in urban infill markets through Toll Brothers City Living?. The company also operates its own security company, TBI Smart Home Solutions, which provides home automation and technology options. In addition, the company operates its own lumber distribution, house component assembly, and manufacturing operations. In addition to its residential for-sale business, the company also develops and operates for-rent apartments primarily through joint ventures.

Ultra Clean Holdings Inc.

Ultra Clean Holdings is engaged in the design, engineering, and manufacture of production tools, modules and subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment and equipment industry segments with similar requirements including flat panel display, consumer, and medical. The company focuses on providing engineering and manufacturing solutions for these applications. The company's products include precision robotic solutions, gas delivery systems, a variety of industrial and automation production equipment products; subsystems that includes wafer cleaning modules, chemical delivery modules, top-plate assemblies, frame assemblies, and process modules.

Universal Electronics Inc.

Universal Electronics develops control and sensor technology solutions and manufactures a line of pre-programmed and universal remote control products, audio-video accessories, and intelligent wireless security and smart home products. The company provides subscription broadcasting providers with its universal remote control devices and integrated circuits, on which its software and device code libraries are embedded. The company also sells integrated circuits, on which its software and device control code database is embedded, and licenses its device control database to original equipment manufacturers that manufacture televisions, digital audio and video players, streamer boxes, among others.

USA Technologies Inc.

USA Technologies is a provider of solutions and services that facilitate electronic payment transactions and services primarily within the unattended Point of Sale market. The company has designed and marketed systems that facilitate electronic payment options, as well as telemetry and machine-to-machine services, which include the ability to remotely monitor, control, and report on the results of distributed assets containing its electronic payment solutions. The company's customers range from food service organizations to businesses that operate in the self-serve, small ticket retail markets, as well as equipment developers or manufacturers who incorporate the company's service into their product offerings.


Visa is a payments technology company. The company's primary products consist of business solutions, which include small business, corporate cards, purchasing cards, virtual accounts, and disbursement accounts; credit, which allows consumers and businesses to access credit to pay for goods and services; debit, which allows consumers and small businesses to purchase goods and services using funds in their demand deposit accounts; prepaid, which addresses consumer-use cases and needs including, general purpose reloadable and payroll; and global ATM, which provides account holders with cash access through issuing and acquiring partnerships with financial institutions and independent ATM operators.

Watsco Inc.

Watsco is a distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment and related parts and supplies. The products the company distributes consist of: equipment, including residential ducted and ductless air conditioners, gas, electric and oil furnaces, commercial air conditioning and heating equipment and systems, and other equipment; parts, including replacement compressors, evaporator coils, motors and other component parts; and supplies, including thermostats, insulation material, refrigerants, ductwork, grills, registers, sheet metal, tools, copper tubing, concrete pads, tape, adhesives and other ancillary supplies.

Wesco Aircraft Holdings

Wesco Aircraft Holdings is a distributor and provider of supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry. The company's services range from distribution to the management of supplier relationships, quality assurance, kitting, just-in-time (JIT) delivery, chemical management services, third-party logistics or fourth-party logistics programs and point-of-use inventory management. The company supplies active stock-keeping units, including C-class hardware, chemicals, electronic components, bearings, tools and machined parts. In addition to the central stocking facilities, the company uses a network of forward-stocking locations to service its customers in a JIT and or ad hoc manner.

Western Union

Western Union is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in money movement and payment services, providing people and businesses with ways to send money and make payments around the world. The company's segments are: Consumer-to-Consumer, which is focused on individual money transfers from one consumer to another; and Business Solutions, in which the company facilitates payment and foreign exchange solutions, primarily cross-border, cross-currency transactions, for small and medium size enterprises and other organizations and individuals. The company's remaining businesses and services include its electronic-based and cash-based bill payment services and money order services.

William Lyon Homes Inc.

Lyon (William) Homes is a regional homebuilder. The company is engaged in designing, constructing and selling single family detached and attached homes in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado (under the Village Homes brand), Washington and Oregon (together, under the Polygon Northwest Homes brand). The company's primary markets include Orange County, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, the San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle and Portland. The company builds and sells across a range of product lines at a variety of price points with sales to entry-level, first-time move-up and second-time move-up homebuyers, as well as a luxury brand.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts owns and operates hotels and resorts. Through its subsidiaries, the company is the world's large hotel franchisor, with more than 8,400 affiliated hotels located in over 80 countries. The company licenses its hotel brands, including Super 8, Days Inn, Ramada, Microtel Inn & Suites, La Quinta, Wingate, AmericInn, Hawthorn Suites, The Trademark Collection, and Wyndham to hotel owners in approximately 80 countries. The company's Hotel Franchising segments licenses its lodging brands and provides related services to third-party hotel owners and others. The company's Hotel Management segment provides hotel management services for full-service and limited service hotels.

Zillow Group

Zillow Group CL C

Zillow Group operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the web. The company's brands focus on various stages of the home lifecycle: renting, buying, selling and financing. The company's consumer brands includes real estate and rental marketplaces Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. The company also owns and operates a number of brands for real estate, rental and mortgage personnel. The company provides advertising products and services for real estate, rental, and mortgage personnel that enable them to create and promote content for consumers. In addition, the company provides consumers with information products and services to enable them to make decisions about homes.

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