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Vital Signs: Actionable charts

Key Points:
• A number of Consumer Discretionary stocks remain leadership (e.g. BLD, SAH, OLLI, HIBB, WMT)

• A number of names in the Financial Sector are exhibiting leadership characteristics, such as new highs and RS reversals (e.g. OFG, COLB, CASH, TROW, IVZ, ECPG, SYF, CME, BRO, AJF, AIG, and L)

• A few industrial manufacturing names are attractive (e.g. NOC, POWL, HSC)
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.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides insurance brokerage, consulting, and third-party claims settlement and administration services to both domestic and international entities. The company segments are: brokerage, which provides brokerage and consulting services to companies and entities and, to a lesser extent, individuals, in the areas of insurance placement, risk of loss management, and management of employer sponsored benefit programs; risk management, which provides contract claim settlement, claim administration, loss control services and risk management consulting; and corporate, which is involved in clean energy investments.

Boston Beer Co. Cl A

Boston Beer Company is engaged in the business of selling alcohol beverages throughout the U.S. and in selected global markets. The company sells beers under the Samuel Adams? brand names, flavored malt beverages under the Twisted Tea? brand name, hard cider beverages under the Angry Orchard? brand name, hard sparkling waters under the Truly Spiked & Sparkling? brand name, and beers under the A&S Brewing Company brand names, which include the Traveler Beer the company?, the Angel City Brewery?, the Concrete Beach Brewery? and the Coney Island? Brewing Co. the company produces malt beverages, hard cider and hard sparkling water at the company-owned breweries and under contract arrangements at other brewery locations.

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Broadridge Financial Solutions is a provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds and corporate issuers. The company's services include investor and customer communications, securities processing, and data and analytics solutions. The company's businesses operate in two segments: Investor Communication Solutions, which is involves the processing and distribution of proxy materials to investors in equity securities and mutual funds, as well as the facilitation of related vote processing; and Global Technology and Operations, which provides office securities processing solutions for capital markets, wealth management, and asset management firms.

Brooks Automation Inc.

Brooks Automation provides automation and cryogenic solutions for multiple markets. The company primarily serve the semiconductor capital equipment market and the life sciences sample management market. The company's offerings are also applied to other adjacent technology and industrial markets, and the company provides customer support services globally. The principal offerings of the Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment consist wafer handling robotics and systems and semiconductor contamination control solutions. The principal offerings of the Brooks Life Sciences segment include Automated cold storage systems, Sample management services, Consumables and Instruments, Informatics, and Genomic Services.

Brown & Brown Inc.

Brown & Brown is an insurance agency, wholesale brokerage, insurance programs and service organization. The company markets and sells insurance products and services, primarily in the property, casualty and employee benefits areas. The company has four segments: Retail, which provides a range of insurance products and services; National Programs, which provides programs, that can be grouped into five categories; Professional Programs, Personal Lines Programs, Commercial Programs, Public Entity-Related Programs, and the National Flood Program; Wholesale Brokerage, which markets and sells excess and surplus commercial and personal lines insurance; and Services, which provides insurance-related services.

Casey's General Stores Inc.

Casey's General Stores and its subsidiaries operate convenience stores under the names Casey's and Casey's General Store primarily in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. The company also operates stores under the name Tobacco City, selling primarily tobacco products, liquor stores, and a grocery store. Each Casey's Store carries food and nonfood items. Most of the company's food products are nationally advertised brands, and it also has an assortment of Casey's proprietary branded products. Stores sell regional brands of dairy and bakery products, and mostly provide beer. The company's nonfood items include tobacco products, health and beauty aids, school supplies, housewares, pet supplies, and automotive products.

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.

Columbia Banking System Inc.

Columbia Banking System is a bank holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides banking services, fiduciary, agency, trust and related services, and life insurance products in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The company provides its personal banking customers a range of account products including noninterest and interest-bearing checking savings and money market. The company provides its business banking customers a range of core banking products and services such as treasury management and international banking. In wealth management, the company provides private banking and trust and investment services. At Dec 31 2017, the company had total assets of $12,716,886,000 and total deposits of $10,532,085,000.

Core-Mark Holding Co

Core-Mark Holding Company is a wholesale distributor to the convenience retail industry, providing sales, marketing, distribution and logistics services to customer locations across the U.S. and Canada. The company purchases a variety of brand name and private label products from suppliers and manufacturers. The company provides customers a variety of food/non-food products, including fast food, candy, snacks, groceries, fresh products, dairy, bread, beverages, other tobacco products, general merchandise and health and beauty care products. The company operates consolidation centers which buy products from its suppliers in bulk quantities and then redistribute the products to its other distribution centers.

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.

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.

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.

Fox Factory Holding

Fox Factory Holding is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets ride dynamics products for customers. Primarily for the mountain bike market, the company provides front fork and rear suspension products designed for cross-country, trail, all-mountain, free-ride and downhill riding. The company also provides mountain and road bike wheels and other cycling components utilizing its carbon technology. In its powered vehicles product category, the company provides products for side-by-sides, on-road vehicles with off-road capabilities, off-road vehicles and trucks, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, and motorcycles.

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.

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.

Invesco Limited

Loews Corp.

Loews is a holding company. The company's subsidiaries are engaged in the following lines of business: commercial property and casualty insurance; operation of offshore oil and gas drilling rigs; transportation and storage of natural gas and natural gas liquids; operation of a chain of hotels; and manufacturing of plastic packaging solutions. The company's subsidiary, CNA Financial Corporation is an insurance holding company which provides commercial property and casualty coverages, including surety. The company's subsidiary, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., provides contract drilling services to the energy industry with offshore drilling rigs consisting of drillships and semisubmersible rigs.

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.

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.

OFG Bancorp

OFG Bancorp is a financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a range of banking and financial services. The company's business segments include: Banking, which provides deposits and commercial, consumer and mortgage loans, and mortgage banking activities; Wealth Management, which include financial planning, money management, investment banking, brokerage services, insurance sales activity, corporate and individual trust, and retirement services, as well as retirement plan administration services; and Treasury, which encompasses all of the company's asset/liability management activities. As of Dec 31 2017, the company had total assets of US$6,189,053,000 and total deposits of US$4,779,482,000.

Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings

Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings is a holding company. The company and its subsidiaries buys overproduced, overstocked, and closeout merchandise from manufacturers, wholesalers, and other retailers. The company's product offerings include: cooking utensils, dishes, appliances, plastic containers, cutlery, storage and garbage bags, detergents and cleaning supplies; packaged food including coffee, bottled non-carbonated beverages and salty snacks; household goods including bedding and towels; books and stationery; floor coverings including laminate flooring, commercial and residential carpeting, area rugs and floor mats; and electronics, including air conditioners, home electronics and cellular accessories.

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.

Powell Industries Inc.

Powell Industries develops, designs, manufactures and services custom-engineered products and systems which distribute, control and monitor the flow of electrical energy and provide protection to motors, transformers and other electrically powered equipment. The company's principal products include integrated power control room substations, custom-engineered modules, electrical houses, distribution switchgear and control gear, medium-voltage circuit breakers, monitoring and control communications systems, motor control centers and bus duct systems. The company assists customers by providing services including spare parts, field service inspection, installation, commissioning, and modification and repair.

Republic Services Inc.

Republic Services is a provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, recycling, and energy services. The company operates through collection operations, transfer stations, active landfills, recycling processing centers, treatment, recovery and disposal facilities, and salt water disposal wells. The company is engaged in landfill gas-to-energy and renewable energy projects and had post-closure responsibility for closed landfills. The company's operations primarily consist of providing collection, transfer and disposal of non-hazardous solid waste, recovering and recycling of certain materials, and energy services.

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Sanderson Farms is a poultry processing company engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken products, including processed and minimally prepared chicken. The company sells ice-packed, chill-packed, bulk-packed and frozen chicken, in whole, cut-up and boneless form to retailers, distributors, and casual dining operators, and to customers who resell frozen chicken into export markets. The company operates through: Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Production Division), which is engaged in the production of chickens to the broiler stage; and Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Processing Division), which is engaged in the processing, sale and distribution of chicken products.

Sonic Automotive Inc. Cl A

Sonic Automotive is an automotive retailer in the U.S. The company operates in two segments: Franchised Dealerships Segment; and the Pre-Owned Stores. The Franchised Dealerships Segment is comprised of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles and buy and sell used vehicles, sell replacement parts, perform vehicle repair and maintenance services, and arrange finance and insurance products. The Pre-Owned Stores Segment is comprised of stand-alone pre-owned vehicle specialty retail locations that provide customers an opportunity to search, buy, service, finance and sell pre-owned vehicles. The Pre-Owned Stores Segment includes the company's EchoPark stores.

Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Financial is a consumer financial services company. The company provides a range of credit products through programs it has established with a group of national and regional retailers, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations and healthcare service providers. The company provides its credit products primarily through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Synchrony Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank, the company provides, directly to retail and commercial customers, a range of deposit products insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, including certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, money market accounts and savings accounts.

T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

T Rowe Price Group is a financial service holding company that provides global investment management services through its subsidiaries to investors worldwide. The company provides a range of U.S. mutual funds, separately managed accounts, subadvised funds, and other T. Rowe Price products. In addition to providing investment management services to the U.S. mutual funds, the company's subsidiaries, T. Rowe Price Associates and T. Rowe Price International, provides separately managed institutional investment management and subadvised investment management services to global intermediaries. The company also provides certain administrative services as ancillary services to its investment advisory clients.


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.

Tyson Foods Inc. Cl A

Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries have a range of products and brands. The company's operations consist of breeding stock, contract growers, feed production, processing, further-processing, marketing and transportation of chicken and related allied products, including animal and pet food ingredients. Through its subsidiary, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., the company is engaged as a poultry breeding stock supplier. The company also processes live fed cattle and hogs and fabricate dressed beef and pork carcasses into primal and sub-primal meat cuts, case ready beef and pork and fully-cooked meats. The company produces a range of fresh, frozen and refrigerated food products. The company's segments are beef, pork, chicken and prepared foods.

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.


Walmart is engaged in global operations of retail, wholesale and other units, as well as eCommerce, located throughout the U.S., Africa, Argentina, Canada, Central America, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico and the U.K. The company's operations are conducted in three reportable segments: Walmart U.S., which is a mass merchandiser of consumer products, operating under the Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Market brands, as well as, and other eCommerce brands; Walmart International, which includes various formats divided into retail, wholesale and other categories; and Sam's Club, which is a membership-only warehouse club that also operates

Waste Management Inc.

Waste Management is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a provider of waste management environmental services. The company partners with its residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers and the communities it serves to manage and reduce waste at each stage from collection to disposal, while recovering resources and creating renewable energy. The company's Solid Waste business is operated and managed by its subsidiaries that focus on distinct geographic areas and provides collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling and resource recovery services. Through its subsidiaries, the company is also a developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities.

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