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Key Points:

• Homebuilders and Building materials continue to be leadership. (ex. BLD, IBP, MTH,
WLH, and MDC)

• Capital Market related names appear to be bottoming. (ex. CBOE, and CME)

• Aerospace Defense names are bottoming (ex. MRCY, NOC, and LMT)

AECOM is a firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The company's business segments are: Design and Consulting Services, which includes of planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients; Construction Services including construction, program and construction management services; Management Services, which includes program and facilities management and maintenance, training, logistics, and systems integration and information technology services; and AECOM Capital, which invests in and develops real estate, public-private partnership and infrastructure projects.

American International Group Inc.

American International Group is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement products, and other financial services. The company's business operations include: General Insurance, which provides insurance products and services for commercial and personal insurance customers; Life and Retirement, which brings together a portfolio of life insurance, retirement and institutional products provided through a multichannel distribution network; and Other Operations, which include Blackboard U.S. Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary focused on delivering commercial insurance solutions using digital technology, data analytics and automation.

ANI Pharmaceuticals

ANI Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing, and marketing branded and generic prescription pharmaceuticals. The company's products include, among others: Diphenoxylate Hydrochloride and Atropine Sulfate, which is used as an adjunctive therapy in the management of diarrhea; Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate, which is used to treat infections caused by susceptible strains of designated organisms for selected diseases; Esterified Estrogen with Methyltestosterone, used to treat of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms of menopause; and Etodolac, used to treat mild to moderate pain caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other conditions.

Career Education Corp.

Career Education's academic institutions provide education to students in a variety of disciplines through online, campus-based and blended learning programs. The company's reporting segments are: Colorado Technical University, which provides industry-relevant degree programs and academic programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business studies, nursing, computer science, engineering, information systems and technology, cybersecurity and healthcare management; and American InterContinental University, which helps personnel get the degree and provides academic programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business studies, information technologies, education and criminal justice.

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.

CME Group

CME Group is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities and metals. The company provides futures and options on futures trading across asset classes through the CME Globex platform, fixed income trading via BrokerTec and FX trading on the EBS platform. The company also operates pcounterparty clearing provider CME Clearing. The company also provides optimization, reconciliation and processing services through TriOptima and Traiana.

Corvel Corp.

CorVel is a provider of workers' compensation solutions for employers, third party administrators, insurance companies, and government agencies. The company provides services in two categories: Network Solutions, which provides a medical savings solution for all in-network and out-of-network medical bills including Preferred Provider Organization management, specialty networks, medical bill repricing, true line item review, fee negotiations, nurse review, automated adjudication, and electronic reimbursement; and Patient Management, which includes claims management, case management, 24/7 nurse triage, utilization management, vocational rehabilitation, life care planning, and disability management.

Dave & Busters Entertainment

Dave & Busters Entertainment is an owner and operator of venues in North America that combine dining and entertainment for both adults and families under the name Dave & Buster's. The company's concept is to provide its customers the opportunity to Eat Drink Play and Watch all in one location. The company's Eat and Drink is provided through a menu of entrees and appetizers and a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. The company's Play and Watch offerings provides an assortment of entertainment attractions centered around playing games and watching live sports and other televised events.

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.

Everest Re Group Ltd

Everest Re Group is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company underwrites reinsurance and insurance in the U.S., Bermuda and international markets. The company's segments are: U.S. Reinsurance, which writes property and casualty reinsurance and specialty lines of business, including Marine, Aviation, Surety and Accident and Health business; International, which focuses on the international reinsurance markets; Bermuda, which writes property and casualty reinsurance and property and casualty reinsurance; and Insurance, which writes property and casualty insurance, including medical stop loss insurance, directly and through brokers, surplus lines brokers and general agents.

Harsco Corp.

Harsco is a provider of industrial services and engineered products. The company's segments are: Harsco Metals & Minerals, which provides on-site services for material logistics, product quality improvement and resource recovery; Harsco Industrial, which includes the Harsco Industrial Air-X-Changers, (a supplier of custom-designed and manufactured air-cooled heat exchangers), Harsco Industrial IKG (a manufacturer of industrial grating products) and Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley businesses (a manufacturer of heat transfer products); and Harsco Rail, which provides equipment, after-market parts and services for the maintenance, repair and construction of railway track.

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.

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings is a life sciences company engaged in providing clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. The company reports its business in two segments: LabCorp Diagnostics, which provides a menu of specialty testing through an integrated network of primary and specialty laboratories across the U.S., supported by an information technology system, logistics, local labs providing testing, and also provides patient access points located throughout the U.S.; and Covance Drug Development, which provides end-to-end drug development, medical device and diagnostic solutions from early-stage research to clinical development and commercial market access.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lockheed Martin is a security and aerospace company. The company has four segments: Aeronautics, which researches, designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, sustains, supports and upgrades military aircraft; Missiles and Fire Control, which provides air and missile defense systems, logistics, and fire control systems, among others; Rotary and Mission Systems, which provides design, manufacture, service and support for military and commercial helicopters, radar systems, and simulation and training services, among others; and Space, which researches, designs, develops, engineers and produces satellites, space transportation systems, and strategic, strike, and defensive systems.

M.D.C. Holdings Inc.

M.D.C. Holdings is engaged in homebuilding and financial services. Co's homebuilding operations consist of the purchase finished or develop lots to the extent necessary for the construction and sale primarily of single-family detached homes under the name Richmond American Homes. The company's financial services operations consist of: HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, which originates mortgage loans; Allegiant Insurance Company, Inc., which provides insurance coverage; StarAmerican Insurance Ltd., a re-insurer on Allegiant claims; American Home Insurance Agency, Inc., which provides third-party insurance products; and American Home Title and Escrow Company, which provides title agency services.

Matrix Service Co.

Matrix Service provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction, and maintenance services. The company's segments are: Electrical Infrastructure, which includes construction of new substations, upgrades of existing substations, short-run transmission line installations and distribution upgrades and maintenance, among others; Oil, Gas and Chemical, which includes turnarounds, plant maintenance, engineering and capital construction; Storage Solutions, which include engineering, fabrication and construction, maintenance and repair; and Industrial, which include engineering, fabrication and construction, maintenance and repair for iron and steel, mining and minerals and other companies.

McKesson Corp.

McKesson provides pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and services to its customers. The company's segments include: U.S. Pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions, which provides distribution and logistics services for branded, generic, specialty, biosimilar and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs and other healthcare-related products to customers; European Pharmaceutical Solutions, which provides distribution and services to wholesale, institutional and retail customers in European countries where it owns, partners or franchises with retail pharmacies; and Medical-Surgical Solutions, which delivers medical-supply distribution, logistics, biomedical and other services to healthcare providers.

Medicines Co.

Medicines is a biopharmaceutical company. The company is focused on inclisiran, an investigational agent which is a lipid-lowering drug, to reduce low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, which is referred to as bad cholesterol, in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk-equivalents. The company's products include: Angiomax, which - Angiomax is an intravenous direct thrombin inhibitor that is a peptide compound; and Ionsys (fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system), which is a compact, needle-free patient-controlled system for the short term management of acute postoperative pain for adults requiring opioid analgesia in the hospital.

Mercury Systems

Mercury Systems is a commercial provider of sensor and safety processing subsystems. The company's solutions power a variety of defense and intelligence programs. The company's technologies and capabilities include embedded processing modules and subsystems, mission computers, avionics, radio frequency (RF) components, multi-function assemblies and subsystems. In addition, the company designs and manufactures RF, microwave and millimeter wave components and subsystems to meet the needs of the radar, electronic warfare, signals intelligence and other high bandwidth communications requirements and applications.

Meritage Homes Corp.

Meritage Homes is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in designing and building single-family homes. The company provides homes that are designed with a focus on first-time and first move-up buyers. The company has homebuilding operations in three regions: West, Central and East, which are comprised of Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company also operates a title company, Carefree Title Agency, Inc., which provides title insurance and closing/settlement services to its homebuyers. The company's homebuilding and marketing activities are conducted under the name of Meritage Homes in each of its homebuilding markets.

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.

Northfield Bancorp Inc.

Northfield Bancorp is a savings and loan holding company. Through its Northfield Bank subsidiary, the company's business consists of originating multifamily and other commercial real estate loans, purchasing investment securities, including mortgage-backed securities and corporate bonds, and depositing funds in other financial institutions. Northfield Bank also provides construction and land loans, commercial and industrial loans, and home equity loans and lines of credit, while its deposit accounts include certificates of deposit, passbook, statement, and money market savings accounts. As of Dec 31 2017, the company had total assets of $3.99 billion and total deposits of $2.84 billion.

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northrop Grumman is a security company. The company's segments include: Aerospace Systems, which designs, develops, integrates and produces manned aircraft, autonomous systems, spacecraft, high-energy laser systems, microelectronics and other systems and subsystems; Innovation Systems, which designs, develops, integrates and produces flight, armament and space systems for national security, civil government and commercial customers; and Mission Systems, which provides end-to-end mission solutions and multifunction systems for Department of Defense, intelligence community, international, federal-civil and commercial customers.

Papa John's International Inc.

Papa John's International operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants and, in certain international markets, dine-in and delivery restaurants under the trademark Papa John's. The company has five reportable segments: domestic the company-owned restaurants, which engages in retail sales of pizza and side items; North America commissaries, which includes the operations of the company's regional dough production and product distribution centers; North America franchising, which includes the company's franchise sales and support activities; international operations, which includes the distribution sales to franchised Papa John's restaurants in the U.K., Mexico and China; and all other business units.

Par Pacific Holdings

Par Pacific Holdings manages and maintains interests in energy and infrastructure businesses. The company has three segments: refining, which consists of a refinery in Kapolei, HI as well as in Newcastle, WY that produce sulfur diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, marine fuel and other associated refined products; retail, which consists of retail outlets that sell gasoline, diesel and retail merchandise throughout the island of Oahu as well as the neighboring islands of Maui, HI and Kauai; and logistics, which operates terminals, pipelines, a single-point mooring and trucking operations to distribute refined products. The company's Texadian segment provides crude oil and refined products in the U.S. and Canada.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers develops, operates, and franchises restaurants in North America and focuses on serving a selection of gourmet burgers. The company's menu features its line of gourmet burgers, Red's Tavern Double? burgers, and its Red Robin's Finest line of Angus beef burgers and fire-grilled chicken breasts with toppings. The company also provides burgers made with chicken breasts, breaded cod and grilled salmon fillets, and turkey patties, as well as a proprietary vegetarian patty. In addition to burgers, the company serves other items including appetizers, salads, soups, seafood and other entrees, desserts, the company's alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a variety of national and craft beers.

Repligen Corp.

Repligen is a bioprocessing company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of products used to improve the interconnected phases of the biological drug manufacturing process. The company's portfolio includes protein products (Protein A affinity ligands, cell culture growth factors), chromatography products (OPUS pre-packed columns, chromatography resins, ELISA kits), and filtration products (XCell ATF Systems, Sius? tangential flow filtration cassettes). The company's bioprocessing products are sold to life sciences companies and others. The Protein A ligands and growth factor products that the company manufactures are components of chromatography resins and cell culture media, respectively.

Scripps (E.W) Class A

Scripps (E.W.) is a media enterprise with interests in local and national media brands. The company's media businesses are organized into the following reportable business segments: Local Media and National Media. The company's Local Media segment is comprised of its local broadcast television stations and their related digital operations. The company produces news, information and entertainment content that informs and engages its local communities. In addition, the company's television stations run network programming, syndicated programming and original programming. The company's National Media segment represents its collection of national media brands including Katz, Midroll, and Newsy.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a roadside burger stand serving an American menu of burgers, hot dogs, crispy chicken, frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, shakes, beer, wine and others. The company operates and licenses Shake Shack restaurants. The company's menu include: Burgers & Chicken, which includes ShackBurger?, SmokeShack?, 'Shroom Burger? (Co.'s vegetarian burger), Shack Stack? and Hamburger, as well as Chick'n Shack?; Crinkle Cut Fries, which are made from Yukon potatoes; Hot Dogs, which include beef hot dogs and chicken dogs; Frozen Custard, which is made from vanilla and chocolate recipes and milk; Beer, Wine and Beverages, which provide local craft beers; and Dogs Are Welcome Too, which provides dog biscuits.

Strategic Education

Strategic Education is an education services holding company. The company provides a range of post-secondary education and other academic programs through two subsidiaries, Strayer University (the University) and the New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). The University provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice at physical campuses, primarily located in the eastern U.S., and online. NYCDA provides non-degree courses in web and application software development, primarily at its campuses in New York City and in Philadelphia, PA.

TechTarget Inc.

TechTarget is a provider of online content for buyers of enterprise information technology (IT) products and services, and a provider of purchase-intent marketing and sales services for enterprise technology vendors. As of Dec 31 2017, the company operated a network of over 140 websites, each of which focused on a specific IT sector, such as storage, security or networking. The company categorizes its content offerings across a portfolio of distinct media groups: Security; Networking; Storage; Data Center and Virtualization Technologies; Chief Information Officer/IT Strategy; Business Applications and Analytics; Application Architecture and Development; and Channel.


Tegna is a media company. The company is engaged in offering television programming and digital content. Each television station also has a digital presence across online, mobile and social platforms. The company provides advertising & marketing services, which include local and national non-political advertising, digital marketing services (including Premion), and advertising on the stations' websites and tablet and mobile products; political advertising; and other services, such as production of programming from third parties and production of advertising material. The company's portfolio of NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX stations operate under long-term affiliation agreements.


TopBuild is engaged in purchasing, installing and distributing insulation products to the construction industry. The company's products and services are primarily used for residential new construction, commercial construction, and residential repair/remodel activity. The company operates in two segments: installation, which installs various insulation applications that include fiberglass batts and rolls, blown-in loose fill fiberglass, blown-in loose fill cellulose, and polyurethane spray foam; and distribution, which distributes insulation and other building products including rain gutters, fireplaces, closet shelving, and roofing materials through its Service Partners business.

Tractor Supply Co.

Tractor Supply is a rural lifestyle retailer. The company is focused on supplying the needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and all others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. The company operates retail stores under the names Tractor Supply Company, Del's Feed & Farm Supply, and Petsense and operates websites under the names and The company's selection of merchandise is comprised of the following main product categories: equine, livestock, pet, and small animal products; hardware, truck, towing, and tool products; seasonal products; work/recreational clothing and footwear; and maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

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.

World Acceptance Corp.

World Acceptance is a small-loan consumer finance company, providing short-term small installment loans, medium-term larger installment loans, related credit insurance and ancillary products and services to individuals. The company serves individuals with limited access to other sources of consumer credit such as banks, credit unions, other consumer finance businesses and credit card lenders. In its U.S. branches, the company also provides income tax return preparation services to its loan customers and other individuals. Using the proprietary data processing software package developed by its subsidiary, ParaData Financial Systems, the company automates all of its loan account processing and collection reporting.

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