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Advance Auto Parts Inc.

Advance Auto Parts is an automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installers and do-it-yourself customers as well as independently owned operators. The company's stores and branches provide a selection of brand name, original equipment manufacturer and private label automotive replacement parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items for domestic and imported cars, vans, sport utility vehicles and light and heavy duty trucks. The company operates stores and distribution branches within the U.S., with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the trade names Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Autopart International, and Worldpac.

Alliance Data Systems Corp.

Alliance Data Systems is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions. The company provides a portfolio of outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs. The company focuses on facilitating and managing interactions between its clients and their customers through all consumer marketing channels, including in-store, online, email, social media, mobile, direct mail and telephone. The company's products and services are reported under three segments: LoyaltyOne?, Epsilon and Card Services.

Amedisys Inc.

Amedisys is a healthcare services company focused on providing care in the home. The company's operations involve servicing patients across the U.S. through its three operating divisions: home health, which provides healthcare to help its patients recover from surgery or illness, live with chronic diseases, and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions; hospice, which provides comfort and support for those who are dealing with a terminal illness such as heart disease, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS or cancer if they have a life expectancy of six months or less; and, personal care, which provides assistance with the essential activities of daily living.

Amgen Inc.

Amgen is a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers human therapeutics. The company focuses its research and development on human therapeutics for the treatment of illness. The company's principal products include Enbrel?, Neulasta?, Prolia?, Aranesp?, XGEVA?, Sensipar?/Mimpara?, and EPOGEN?. In addition, the company also markets several other products, including KYPROLIS? (carfilzomib), Nplate? (romiplostim), Vectibix? (panitumumab), Repatha? (evolocumab), NEUPOGEN? (filgrastim), Parsabiv?, BLINCYTO? (blinatumomab), Aimovig? (erenumab-aooe), IMLYGIC? (talimogene laherparepvec), Corlanor? (ivabradine), KANJINTITM (biosimilar trastuzumab) and AMGEVITATM (biosimilar adalimumab).



BioTelemetry provides cardiac monitoring services, cardiac monitoring device manufacturing, and central core laboratory services. The company operates under three reportable segments: Healthcare, which is focused on the diagnosis and monitoring of cardiac arrhythmias; Research, which is engaged in central laboratory services that provides cardiac monitoring, imaging services, scientific consulting and data management services for drug, medical treatment and device trials; and Technology, which focuses on the manufacturing, engineering and development of non-invasive cardiac monitors for healthcare companies.

Braskem S/A ADS


Caleres is a footwear retailer and wholesaler. The company is engaged in the operation of retail shoe stores and e-commerce websites as well as the design, sourcing and marketing of footwear for women and men. The company's Famous Footwear segment includes its Famous Footwear stores, which features a selection of athletic, casual and dress shoes for the entire family. The company's Brand Portfolio segment provides retailers and consumers a portfolio of brands by designing, sourcing and marketing branded footwear for women and men at a variety of price points. The company's Brand Portfolio segment sells footwear on a wholesale basis to retailers. as well as through its branded retail stores and e-commerce businesses.

Century Aluminum Co.

Century Aluminum is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company produces primary aluminum and operates aluminum reduction facilities in the U.S. and Iceland. The company's principal subsidiaries comprised of: Century Kentucky, Inc., which operates a primary aluminum reduction facility in Hawesville, KY; Nordural ehf, which operates a primary aluminum reduction facility in Grundartangi, Iceland; Century Aluminum Sebree LLC, which operates a primary aluminum reduction facility in Robards, KY; Century Aluminum of South Carolina, which operates a primary aluminum reduction facility in Goose Creek, SC; and Nordural Helguvik ehf, which owns a greenfield primary aluminum project in Helguvik, Iceland.

Chemours Company

Chemours is a provider of performance chemicals. The company has three reportable segments: Titanium Technologies, Fluoroproducts and Chemical Solutions. The company's Titanium Technologies segment is a producer of titanium dioxide, a white pigment used to deliver whiteness, brightness, opacity and protection in a variety of applications. The company's Fluoroproducts segment is a provider of fluoroproducts, such as refrigerants and industrial fluoropolymer resins. The company's Chemical Solutions segment is a provider of industrial chemicals used in gold production, industrials, and consumer applications. The company's key products include titanium dioxide, refrigerants, sodium cyanide and performance chemicals and intermediates.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp

Citrix Systems Inc.

Citrix Systems markets and licenses its solutions through various channels worldwide, including selling through resellers and direct over the Web. The company's secure digital workspace technologies are available as cloud services and can be managed as hybrid and multi-cloud environments. The company provides subscription-based and on-premise subscription software and perpetual licenses for its solutions, along with annual subscriptions for software updates and technical support. Customer Success Services, which include software maintenance subscriptions, give customers the right to upgrade to new software versions if and when any updates are delivered during the subscription term.

Credicorp Ltd.

CrediCorp is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged in investing activities. Co. operates primarily through four operating segments: banking, investment banking, insurance, and pension funds. Banking - principally handling loans, credit facilities, deposits and current accounts. Insurance - principally comprising the issue of insurance policies to cover losses in commercial property, transportation, marine vessels, automobile, life, health and pension funds. Pension funds - providing services of private pension fund management to affiliated pensioners. Investment banking - provide investment brokerage and management to a broad and diverse clientele.

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Bank is a holding company acting as an international financial service provider. Co. offers a wide variety of investment, financial and related products and services to private individuals, corporate entities and institutional clients around the world. Co. has operations or dealings with existing or potential customers in most countries in the world. Co. is organized into the following six corporate divisions: Global Markets (GM); Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB); Private, Wealth & Commercial Clients (PW&CC); Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche AM); Postbank (PB); and Non-core Operations Unit (NCOU).


DowDuPont is a holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company with a focus on forming independent, publicly traded companies in the agriculture and specialty products sectors. The company's worldwide operations are managed through global businesses and include the following reportable segments: Agriculture; Electronics and Imaging; Nutrition and Biosciences; Transportation and Advanced Polymers; and Safety and Construction.

Embraer S.A.

F5 Networks Inc.

F5 Networks is a developer and provider of application services. The company's core technology is a software platform called Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS), which enables the company's products to intercept, inspect, and act on the contents of traffic from virtually every type of internet protocol-enabled application. The company's TMOS-based offerings include software products for traffic management, network and application security, access management, web acceleration and a number of other network and application services. The company also provides distributed denial-of-service protection, application security and other application services by subscription on its cloud-based Silverline platform.

Genomic Health

Genomic Health provides genomic information to personalize cancer treatment decisions. The company develops and commercializes genomic-based clinical laboratory services that analyze the underlying biology of cancer, allowing physicians and patients to make treatment decisions. The company provides its tissue-based invasive breast, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), prostate and colon Oncotype DX tests as clinical laboratory services, where it analyzes the expression levels of genes in tumor tissue samples and provides physicians with a gene expression profile expressed as a single quantitative score. The company also provides an Oncotype DX test for patients with DCIS, a pre-invasive form of breast cancer.

Genuine Parts Co.

Genuine Parts is engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial parts and materials, and business products. The company's business segments are: Automotive, which distributes automotive parts and accessory items and provides inventory, cataloging, marketing, training and other programs to the automotive aftermarket; Industrial, which distributes industrial replacement parts and related supplies such as bearings, mechanical and electrical power transmission products, industrial automation, and hose, among others; and Business Products, which is engaged in the wholesale distribution of a line of office and other business related products through a customer base of resellers.

Korea Electric Power Corp (ADR)

LATAM Airlines Group S.A. ADS

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. Cl A

LyondellBasell Industries is a chemical company. Co.'s chemicals businesses consist of processing plants that convert liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon feedstocks into plastic resins and other chemicals, and used by its customers to manufacture a range of products including food packaging, home furnishings, automotive components, paints and coatings. Co.'s refining business consists of its Houston refinery, which processes crude oil into products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Co. manages its operations through five operating segments: Olefins and Polyolefins - Americas; Olefins and Polyolefins - Europe, Asia, International; Intermediates and Derivatives; Refining; and Technology.


Macy's is an omnichannel retail organization operating stores, websites and mobile applications under three brands (Macy's, Bloomingdale's and bluemercury) that sell merchandise, including apparel and accessories (men's, women's and children's), cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. The company's wholly-owned bank subsidiary, FDS Bank, provides certain collections, customer service and credit marketing services in respect of all credit card accounts that are owned either by Department Stores National Bank, a subsidiary of Citibank, N.A., or FDS Bank and that constitute a part of the credit programs of the company's retail operations.

Moelis & Company

Moelis & Company is a holding company. The company operates and controls all of the business and affairs of Moelis & Company Group LP and its operating entity subsidiaries indirectly through its equity interest in Moelis & Company Group GP LLC. The company is an independent investment bank that provides strategic advice and solutions to a range of client base, including corporations, governments and financial sponsors. The company provides financial advisory services across all primary industry sectors. The company's team of personnel advises clients on their decisions, including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations and restructurings, capital markets transactions and other corporate finance matters.

Mosaic Company

Mosaic is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. The company is organized into three reportable business segments: Phosphates, which owns and operates mines and production facilities in Florida that produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients, and processing plants in Louisiana that produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients; Potash, which mines and processes potash in Canada and the U.S. and sells potash in North America and internationally; and Mosaic Fertilizantes, which produces and sells concentrated phosphates crop nutrients, phosphate-based animal feed ingredients and potash fertilizer.

National Beverage

National Beverage is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company develops, produces, markets and sells a range of sparkling waters, juices, energy drinks and carbonated soft drinks. The company's brands consist of beverages for active and health-conscious consumer (Power+ Brands) including sparkling waters, energy drinks, and juices. The company's portfolio of Power+ Brands includes LaCroix?, LaCroix Curate?, LaCroix NiCola? and Shasta? Sparkling Water products; Rip It? energy drinks and shots; and Everfresh?, Everfresh Premier Varietals? and Mr. Pure? 100% juice and juice-based products. Additionally, the company produces and distributes carbonated soft drinks including Shasta? and Faygo?, iconic brands.

Norbord Inc.

Norbord is a producer of wood-based panels with 17 plant locations in the U.S., Europe and Canada.

Nordstrom Inc.

Nordstrom is a fashion retailer providing a selection of brand-name and private label apparel, shoes, cosmetics and accessories for women, men, young adults and children. The company serves customers through two businesses: Full-Price and Off-Price. The company's operations consist of the company's Nordstrom U.S. and Canada full-line stores, U.S. and Canada Nordstrom Rack stores, Jeffrey boutiques, Last Chance clearance stores, Trunk Club clubhouses and Nordstrom Local. Additionally, customers are served online through,, HauteLook and

NRG Energy Inc.

NRG Energy is an energy company, engaged in producing, selling and delivering electricity and related products and services in power markets. The company's Retail business provides energy and related services. Products and services range from retail energy, portable solar and battery products home services, and a variety of bundled products, which combine energy with protection products, energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, as well as other distributed and reliability products. The company's wholesale power generation business includes plant operations, commercial operations, engineering, procurement and construction, asset management, energy services and other critical related functions.

Pan American Silver Corp.

Pan American Silver is engaged in the production and sale of silver, gold and other base metals including copper, lead and zinc as well as other related activities, including exploration, extraction, processing, refining and reclamation. Co.'s primary product (silver) is produced in Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia. Additionally, Co. has project development activities in Peru, Mexico and Argentina, and exploration activities throughout South America and Mexico.

Penn Virginia Corp.

Penn Virginia is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the onshore exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. The company's operations consist primarily of drilling unconventional horizontal development wells and operating its producing wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field in South Texas. The company also has operations in Oklahoma, primarily consisting of non-operated properties in the Granite Wash.

PetroChina Co Ltd


PRA Health Sciences

PRA Health Sciences is a contract research organization engaged in providing outsourced clinical development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The company's primary service offerings include: Product Registration, which includes the design, management and implementation of study protocols for Phase II through Phase III clinical trials, and Phase IV clinical trials; Strategic Solutions, which provides a range of solutions that enable the management and execution of critical clinical development functions for pharmaceutical clients; and Early Development Services, which includes Phase I through Phase IIa clinical trials and bioanalytical laboratory services.

PriceSmart Inc.

PriceSmart owns and operates U.S. style membership shopping warehouse in Central America, the Caribbean and Colombia. The company sells brand name and private label consumer products to individuals and businesses. The company has consolidated warehouse clubs in operation in various countries and U.S. territory (Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The company also operates a cross-border logistics and e-commerce business through its Aeropost, Inc. subsidiary. The company provides three types of memberships: Business, Diamond and Platinum.

Scholastic Corp.

Scholastic is a publisher and distributor of children's books, a provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-kindergarten to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The company creates books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, classroom magazines and other products to support children's learning both at school and at home. The company is the operator of school-based book clubs and book fair channels. The company distributes its products and services to schools and libraries, through retail stores and through the internet. The company's segments include: Children's Book Publishing and Distribution, Education, and International.

State Street Corp.

State Street is a financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides financial products and services to institutional investors. The company has two lines of business: Investment Servicing, which provides, among others, custody, product and participant level accounting, daily pricing and administration, master trust and master custody, depotbank services, record-keeping, cash management, foreign exchange, brokerage and other trading services; and Investment Management, which provides a range of services and solutions, including environmental, social and governance investing, defined benefit and defined contribution and Outsourced Chief Investment Officer.


Tesla designs, develops, manufactures and sells fully electric vehicles and energy storage systems, as well as installs, operates and maintains solar and energy storage products. The company produces and sells three fully electric vehicles, the Model S sedan, the Model X sport utility vehicle and the Model 3 sedan. In addition to developing its own vehicles, the company utilizes its technology in batteries, power electronics, and integrated systems to manufacture and sell energy storage products. The company's energy storage products include: Powerwall 2, a home battery with an integrated inverter and Powerpack 2, an energy storage system for commercial, industrial and utility applications.

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TripAdvisor owns and operates a portfolio of online travel brands. In addition to its TripAdvisor brand, the company manages and operates other travel media brands:,,,,,, (including,,, and,,,,,,,,,,,,, and The company has two segments: Hotel and Non-Hotel.

UBS Group AG

UBS Group is a holding company. Through its subsidiary, UBS, Co. provides financial services including advisory services, underwriting, financing, market making, asset management and brokerage and retail banking. Co.'s operations are organized along five segments: Wealth Management (financial services to high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals as well as private and corporate clients); Wealth Management Americas (advice-based solutions for ultra high net worth, high net worth and core affluent individuals and families); Personal & Corporate Banking (provides financial products and services to private, corporate and institutional clients); Asset Management and Investment Bank.

United Therapeutics Corp.

United Therapeutics is a biotechnology company. The company markets and sells four commercial therapies to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH): Remodulin? (treprostinil) Injection; Tyvaso? (treprostinil) Inhalation Solution; Orenitram? (treprostinil) Extended-Release Tablets; and Adcirca? (tadalafil) Tablets. The company also markets and sells an oncology product, Unituxin? (dinutuximab) Injection for treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma. The company also engages in research and development of new indications and delivery devices for its existing products, and products to treat PAH and other conditions. The company also engages in research and development of a number of organ transplantation-related technologies.

Urban Outfitters Inc.

Urban Outfitters is engaged in the operation of a general consumer product retail and wholesale business selling to customers through various channels including retail locations, websites, catalogs and mobile applications. The company has two segments: Retail, which consists of its Anthropologie, Bhldn, Free People, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands and its Food and Beverage division; and Wholesale, which designs, develops and markets young women's contemporary casual apparel, intimates, FP Movement activewear and shoes under the Free People brand, home goods, including gifts, tabletop and textiles, under the Anthropologie brand and the BDG apparel collection under the Urban Outfitters brand.

Valaris plc (A)

Ensco is an offshore contract drilling company engaged in providing offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry. As of Dec 31 2017, Co. owned and operated an offshore drilling rig fleet of 62 rigs. Co.'s rig fleet includes 12 drillships, 11 semisubmersible rigs, four moored semisubmersible rigs and 38 jackup rigs, including rigs under construction. Co.'s business consists of three operating segments: floaters, which includes its drillships and semisubmersible rigs; jackups; and other, which consists of management services on rigs owned by third-parties. Co.'s two reportable segments, floaters and jackups, provide one service, contract drilling.

Visteon Corp.

Visteon is an automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures electronics products for original equipment vehicle manufacturer. The company's products include: Instrument Clusters, which provides standard analog gauge clusters, 2-D, and 3-D display-based devices; Information Displays, which provides information displays for applications within the cockpit; Infotainment/Audio Systems, which includes Phoenix? display audio and embedded infotainment platform, and Android embedded infotainment; Telematics Solutions, which provides telematics control unit; Head-Up Displays (HUD), which includes combiner HUD; SmartCore? Domain Controller; and DriveCore? Autonomous Driving Controller.

Vodafone Group PLC (ADR)

W.W. Grainger Inc.

W.W. Grainger is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products and services. The company provides a range of products to its customers including material-handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies. The company's U.S. segment provides MRO supplies and other related products and services through seCommerce platform, catalogs, branches and sales and service representatives. The company's Canadian segment includes Acklands - Grainger Inc. and its subsidiaries. The company's Other businesses include Zoro Tools, Inc. in the U.S. and MonotaRO Co., Ltd. in Japan, which operates in Japan and other Asian countries.

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