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Key Points:

• A number of Consumer Discretionary names continue to have bullish technical. (ex. BLD, DNKN, MCD, CHUY, SAH, and ABG.

• A few Market/Exchange related names continue to be leadership. (ex. LM, CME, ICE, and CBOE)

• A few housing supply related names continue to be leadership. (ex. TREX, MAS, UFPI, and MTZ)
American Tower Corp

American Tower is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a real estate investment trusts and an independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate. The company's primary business is the leasing of space on communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities and tenants in a number of other industries. The company also provides tower-related services, including site acquisition, zoning and permitting and structural analysis, which primarily support its site leasing business, including the addition of new tenants and equipment on its sites.

Asbury Automotive Group Inc.

Asbury Automotive Group is an automotive retailer with store operations conducted by its subsidiaries. The company's stores provide a range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicles; parts and service, including vehicle repair and maintenance services, replacement parts, and collision repair services; and finance and insurance products, including arranging vehicle financing through third parties and aftermarket products, such as extended service contracts, guaranteed asset protection insurance, prepaid maintenance, and credit life and disability insurance.

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. Cl A

Bio-Rad Laboratories is a manufacturer and distributor of its own life science research and clinical diagnostics products. The company has two primary segments: Life Science, which is engaged in the life sciences market and develops, manufactures and markets reagents, apparatus and laboratory instruments; and Clinical Diagnostics, which designs, manufactures, sells and supports test systems, informatics systems, test kits and quality controls that serve clinical laboratories in the diagnostics market. The company sells its products and services to a client base comprised of scientific research, healthcare, education and government customers.

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.

CF Industries Holdings

CF Industries Holdings is a global fertilizer and chemical company. The company's reportable segments consist of the following segments: ammonia, which produces anhydrous ammonia; granular urea, which produces granular urea that is produced from ammonia and carbon dioxide; urea ammonium nitrate solution (UAN), which produces UAN, a liquid fertilizer product; ammonium nitrate (AN), which produces AN that is used as nitrogen fertilizer and is also used by industrial customers for commercial explosives and blasting systems; and Other, which includes the following products diesel exhaust fluid, urea liquor, nitric acid, as well as compound fertilizer products.

Chubb Ltd

Chuy's Holdings Inc

Chuy's Holdings operates Chuy's, a restaurant concept that provides Mexican and Tex Mex inspired food. The company provides the same menu during lunch and dinner, which includes enchiladas, fajitas, rellenos, tacos, burritos, combination platters and daily specials, complemented by a variety of appetizers, soups and salads. Each of the company's restaurants also provide a variety of sauces, including the Hatch green chile, Boom-Boom and creamy jalapeno sauces. The company also provides a bar in all of its restaurants providing its customers a range of beverage offerings, including its on-the-rocks margaritas made with lime juice. As of Dec 31 2017, the company operated 91 Chuy's restaurants across 19 states.

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.

Cogent Communications Holdings

Cogent Communications Holdings provides Internet access and Internet Protocol (IP) communications services. The company's network transmits data using IP. The company deliver its services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses, communications service providers and other bandwidth-intensive organizations in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides on-net Internet access services through its own facilities, which run from its network to its customers' premises. The company's on-net service consists of Internet access and IP connectivity ranging from 100 Megabits per second to 100 Gigabits per second of bandwidth. The company operates data centers throughout North America and Europe.

Dunkin' Brands Group

Dunkin' Brands Group is a franchisor of quick service restaurants serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as ice cream. Through its Dunkin' Donuts brand, the company franchises restaurants featuring coffee, donuts, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and related products. The company licenses Dunkin' Donuts brand products sold in certain retail outlets such as retail packaged coffee, Dunkin' K-Cup? pods, and ready-to-drink bottled iced coffee. Through its Baskin-Robbins brand, the company franchises restaurants featuring ice cream, frozen beverages, and related products. The company distributes Baskin-Robbins ice cream products to Baskin-Robbins franchisees and licensees in certain international markets.

Equity Residential

Equity Residential is a real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, development and management of rental apartment properties. The company is the general partner of, and owned an ownership interest in ERP Operating Limited Partnership (ERPOP). All of the company's property ownership, development and related business operations are conducted through ERPOP and those entities/subsidiaries owned or controlled by ERPOP. The company, directly or indirectly through investments in title holding entities, owned all or a portion of properties located in several states and the District of Columbia.


Evertec is a transaction processing business in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company manages a system of electronic payment networks that process transactions, and provides a suite of services for bank processing, cash processing and technology outsourcing. The company owns and operates the ATH network, a personal identification number debit network in Latin America. The company has four segments: Merchant Acquiring, which provides services to accept electronic methods of payment; Payment Services - Puerto Rico & Caribbean and Payment Services - Latin America, in which the company is a card processor and card network service provider; and Business Solutions, which provides business process management solutions.

FMC Corp.

FMC is chemical company serving agricultural, consumer and industrial markets globally. The company's segments include: FMC Agricultural Solutions and FMC Lithium. The company's FMC Agricultural Solutions segment develops, markets and sells all three primary classes of crop protection chemicals: insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. These products are used in agriculture to improve crop yield and quality by controlling a spectrum of insects, weeds and disease, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control. The company's FMC Lithium segment manufactures lithium for use in a range of lithium products, which are used primarily in energy storage, specialty polymers and chemical synthesis application.

Globus Medical

Globus Medical is a medical device company that develops and commercializes solutions for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The company is primarily focused on implants for patients with spine disorders. The company's product categories are: Innovative Fusion, which include a range of implant and surgical approach options to treat degenerative, deformity, tumor, and trauma conditions along the entire spine, from the occiput to the sacrum; and Disruptive Technologies, which include expandable cages, minimally invasive surgical, imaging, navigational and robotic technology, motion preservation, and regenerative biologics technologies, as well as interventional pain management solutions.

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Hartford Financial Services Group is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds and exchange-traded products. The company has five segments: Commercial Lines, which provides workers' compensation, property, automobile, marine, livestock, liability and umbrella coverages; Personal Lines, which provides automobile, homeowners and personal umbrella coverages; Property & Casualty Other Operations, which includes property and casualty operations; Group Benefits, which provides group life, accident and disability coverage; and Hartford Funds, which provides investment products as well as investment management.

Hawkins Inc.

Hawkins is engaged in the distribution, blending and manufacturing of chemicals and ingredients. The company's segments include: Industrial, which provides industrial chemicals, products and services to industries such as agriculture, chemical processing, electronics, energy, food, pharmaceutical and plating; Water Treatment, which provides chemicals, equipment and solutions for potable water, municipal, industrial wastewater, industrial process water and non-residential swimming pool water; and Health and Nutrition, which provides ingredient distribution, processing and formulation solutions to manufacturers of nutraceutical, personal care, and other nutritional food, health and wellness products.


HCP is a real estate investment trust which invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry. The company acquires, develops, leases, and manages and disposes of healthcare real estate. The company's segments are: senior housing triple-net and senior housing operating portfolio, which include independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, and continuing care retirement communities; life science, which contains laboratory and office space for biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, scientific research institutions, government agencies and other organizations; and medical office, which contains physicians' offices and examination rooms.

HMS Holdings Corp.

HMS Holdings is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a provider of cost containment solutions in the U.S. healthcare marketplace. In general, the company's products and services include the following: Coordination of Benefits, which include providing validated insurance coverage information that is used by payers to coordinate benefits properly for future claims; Payment Integrity, which combines data analytics, clinical capabilities and proprietary algorithms and technology to identify improper payments on both a pre-payment and post-payment basis; and Care Management and Consumer Engagement, which help the company's customers manage the care delivered to their members.

Intercontinental Exchange

Intercontinental Exchange is an operator of regulated exchanges, clearing houses and listings venues, and a provider of data services for commodity, fixed income and equity markets. The company operates regulated marketplaces for listing, trading and clearing a range of derivatives and securities contracts across main asset classes, including energy and agricultural commodities, interest rates, equities, equity derivatives, exchange traded funds, credit derivatives, bonds and currencies. The company also provides end-to-end data services and solutions to support the trading, investment, risk management and connectivity needs of customers.

James River Group Holdings

John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc.

Sanfilippo (John B.) & Son is a processor and distributor of tree nuts and peanuts. The company's principal products are raw and processed nuts. The nut product line includes almonds, pecans, peanuts, black walnuts, English walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, and filberts. The company also markets and distributes, and in several cases processes and manufactures, other food and snack products. These other products include snack mixes, salad toppings, snacks, dried fruit and chocolate and yogurt coated products; baking ingredients; bulk food products; sunflower kernels, pepitas, snack mixes, candy and confections, corn snacks, sesame sticks and other sesame snack products.

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, through its Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, and Barr-Nunn branded subsidiaries, operates a truckload fleet in North America as well as extensive rail intermodal and non-asset based freight brokerage and logistics management services. The company's broad suite of services includes irregular route, dedicated, expedited, port drayage, and cross-border U.S./Mexico/Canada transport utilizing dry van, refrigerated, flatbed and specialized trailers, and intermodal containers.

Legg Mason Inc.

Legg Mason is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in the provision of investment management and related services. The company's investment advisory services include discretionary and non-discretionary management of separate investment accounts in numerous investment styles for institutional and individual investors. The company's investment products include proprietary mutual funds ranging from money market and other liquidity products to fixed income, equity and alternative funds managed in a variety of investment styles. The company also provides other domestic and offshore funds to both retail and institutional investors, privately placed real estate funds and funds-of-hedge funds.

Martin Marietta Materials Inc.

Martin Marietta Materials is a natural resource-based building materials company. The company supplies aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) through its network of quarries, mines and distribution yards. The company also provides cement and downstream products, namely, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and paving services. The company conducts its Building Materials business through three segments: Mid-America Group, Southeast Group and West Group. The Mid-America and Southeast Groups provide aggregates products only. The West Group provides aggregates, cement and downstream products. The company also has the Magnesia Specialties segment, which includes its magnesia-based chemicals and dolomitic lime businesses.

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.

MasTec Inc.

MasTec is an infrastructure construction company operating mainly throughout North America. The company's activities include engineering, building, installation, maintenance and upgrade of communications, energy and utility infrastructure, such as: wireless, wireline/fiber, install-to-the-home and customer fulfillment activities; petroleum and natural gas pipeline infrastructure; electrical utility transmission and distribution; conventional and renewable power generation; and industrial infrastructure. The company provides its services primarily under the MasTec service mark. The company has five reportable segments: Communications; Oil and Gas; Electrical Transmission; Power Generation and Industrial; and Other.

McDonalds Corp

McDonald's operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants, which serve a locally-relevant menu of food and beverages. The company's menu includes hamburgers and cheeseburgers, Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Filet-O-Fish, several chicken sandwiches, Chicken McNuggets, wraps, french fries, shakes, McFlurry desserts, sundaes, soft serve cones, pies, soft drinks, coffee, McCafe beverages and other beverages. The restaurants also sell other products during limited-time promotions. The company's restaurants in the U.S. and various international markets provide a full or limited breakfast menu. Breakfast offerings may include Sausage McMuffin with Egg, McGriddles, biscuit and bagel sandwiches and hotcakes.

Packaging Corp. of America

Packaging Corporation of America producess containerboard products and uncoated freesheet. The company's segments are: Packaging, which manufactures and sells a variety of corrugated packaging products, including conventional shipping containers as well as producess packaging for meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, processed food, beverages, and other industrial and consumer products; Paper, which manufactures and sells a range of white papers, including both commodity and specialty papers, which may have features such as colors, coatings, brightness, and recycled content; and Corporate and Other, which includes corporate support staff services and related assets and liabilities.

Plasson Industries Ltd.

Public Storage

Public Storage is a real estate investment trust. The company's business activities include: Self-storage Operations, which acquires, develops, owns and operates self-storage facilities that provide storage spaces for lease on a month-to-month basis, for personal and business use; Ancillary Operations, which reinsures policies against losses to goods stored by customers in the company's self-storage facilities and sells merchandise, mainly locks and cardboard boxes, at its self-storage facilities; and Investment in PS Business Parks Inc. (PSB), in which the company has an equity interest in PSB that owns, operates, acquires and develops commercial properties, mainly multi-tenant flex, office, and industrial parks.

Regions Financial Corp.

Regions Financial is a financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company operates in three segments: Corporate Bank, which represents the company's commercial banking functions including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate and investor real estate lending; Consumer Bank, which represents the company's branch network, including consumer banking products and services related to residential first mortgages, home equity lines and loans, branch small business loans, indirect loans, and other consumer loans; and Wealth Management, which provides credit related products, trust and investment management, asset management, retirement and savings solutions, and estate planning.

RLI Corp.

RLI is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in underwriting selected property and casualty insurance. The company has three segments: casualty, which includes commerical and personal umbrella, general liability, professional Services, commercial transportation, small commercial, executive products, medical professional liability, and other casualty; property, which includes commercial property, marine, specialty personal and other property coverages; and surety; which includes miscellaneous surety coverage, bonds for small to medium-sized contractors, commercial surety bonds and energy surety coverages.

Sabre Corp

Sabre is engaged in providing technology products and solutions. The company operates through three business segments: the company's Travel Network's service offering is a global distribution system (GDS) or GDS services linking and engaging transactions between travel agents (those that seek travel on behalf of travelers) and travel suppliers (such as airlines, hotels, car rental companies and cruise lines). The company's Airline Solutions and Hospitality Solutions provide technology solutions and other services to airlines, hotels and other business consumers in the travel industry. The technology solutions are primarily provided in a Software-as-a-Service or hosted environment.


Saia is a transportation company. The company provides regional and interregional less-than-truckload (LTL) services through a single integrated organization. The company also provides customers a range of other services, including non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services across North America. The company's subsidiary, Saia Motor Freight Line, LLC, a LTL carrier that serves 39 states is engaged in offering its customers a range of regional and interregional LTL services including time-definite and expedited options. Saia LTL Freight primarily provides its customers with solutions for shipments between 100 and 10,000 pounds, but also provides truckload services.

Sealed Air Corp.

Sealed Air is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in food safety and security and product protection. The company serves an array of end markets including food and beverage processing, food service, retail, and commercial and consumer applications. The company's reportable segments include: Food Care, which serves perishable food processors, primarily in red meat, smoked and processed meats, poultry and dairy (solids and liquids) markets, and provides integrated packaging materials and equipment solutions; and Product Care, which provides packaging solutions across various global markets and primarily to e-Commerce, electronics and industrial manufacturing.

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.


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.

Trex Co. Inc.

Trex Company is a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, which are marketed under the brand name Trex?, and a provider of custom-engineered railing systems and a supplier of staging equipment. The company operates in two reportable segments: Trex Residential Products, which provides a set of product offerings in the decking, railing, fencing, trim, steel deck framing, and outdoor lighting categories; and Trex Commercial Products, which designs and engineers custom railing solutions, which are prevalent in professional and collegiate sports facilities, standardized architectural and aluminum railing systems.


Twitter provides products and services for users, advertisers, developers and platform and data partners. The company's products and services for users include its Twitter platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time and its Periscope mobile application. The company's products and services for advertisers include Promoted Products for advertisers, MoPub mobile-focused advertising exchange and its Twitter Audience Platform. The company's products for developers include a set of tools, public application program interfaces (API) and embeddable widgets. The company's products for data partners include subscription access to its public data feed for partners who wish to access data beyond its public API.

United Fire Group

United Fire Group is an insurance holding company. Through its consolidated subsidiaries and affiliates, the company is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance and life insurance and selling annuities through a network of independent agencies. The company's insurance company subsidiaries are licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and as a life insurer in 37 states. The company's property and casualty insurance business is comprised of commercial lines insurance, including surety bonds, personal lines insurance and assumed reinsurance.

Universal Forest Products Inc.

The company designs, manufactures and markets wood and wood-alternative products for national home centers and other retailers, structural lumber and other products for the manufactured housing industry, engineered wood components for residential and commercial construction, specialty wood packaging, components and packing materials for various industries, and customized interior fixtures used in a variety of retail and commercial structures. Products sold to retail market include those sold under the following trademarks: ProWood; Deckorators; and UFP-Edge. The company also sells engineered wood components to this market, which include roof trusses, wall panels and engineered floor systems.

Ventas Inc.

Ventas is a real estate investment trust with a portfolio of seniors housing, research and innovation, and healthcare properties located throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The company's three reportable business segments are: triple-net leased properties, which invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases; senior living operations, which invests in seniors housing communities and engages independent operators to manage those communities; and office operations, which acquires, owns, develops, leases and manages medical office buildings and research and innovation centers.

W.R. Berkley Corp.

W. R. Berkley is an insurance holding company. The company operates in two segments of the property casualty insurance business: Insurance, which includes commercial insurance business, including excess and surplus lines and admitted lines, throughout the U.S., as well as insurance business in the U.K., Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia; and Reinsurance, which provides reinsurance business on a facultative and treaty basis in the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and South Africa. The company also invests in equity securities, merger arbitrage securities, investment funds, private equity, loans and real estate related assets.

Watts Water Technologies Inc. Cl A

Watts Water Technologies is a supplier of products and solutions that manage and conserve the flow of fluids and energy into, through and out of buildings in the residential and commercial markets. The company's product lines are: residential and commercial flow control products, which include backflow preventers, water pressure regulators, and thermostatic mixing valves; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and gas products, which include boilers, water heaters and heating solutions; drainage and water re-use products, which include drainage products and rain water harvesting solutions; and water quality products, which include water filtration, and conditioning and scale prevention systems.

Welltower Inc.

Welltower is a real estate investment trust. The company has three segments: Triple-Net, which includes independent living and independent supportive living (Canada), assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, Alzheimer's/dementia care and care homes with or without nursing (U.K.); Seniors Housing Operating, which includes independent living and independent supportive living, continuing care retirement communities, Alzheimer's/dementia care and include care homes with or without nursing (U.K.); and Outpatient Medical, which consists of health care related buildings that include physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic facilities, outpatient services and/or labs.

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.

XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics is a provider of supply chain solutions to companies. The company operates in two segments: Transportation, which provides freight brokerage, last mile, less-than-truckload, full truckload, and global forwarding services; and Logistics, which provides a range of contract logistics services, including engineered and customized solutions, warehousing and distribution, cold chain solutions and other inventory management solutions. Additionally, the company performs e-commerce fulfillment, order personalization, warehousing, reverse logistics, storage, factory support, aftermarket support, manufacturing, distribution, packaging and labeling, as well as supply chain optimization services.

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