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Dave Nicoski ...
  • Ross LaDuke
EUR 45.15 For Business Accounts Only

Vital Signs: Actionable charts

Key Points:

• Homebuilders remain a leadership Group in the Consumer Discretionary Sector (ex. MDC, LGIH, CCS, and BLD)

• Insurance related names continue to be leadership. (ex. AJG, BRO, AON, and WLTW)

• Technology continues to have a number of attractive technical charts. (ex. AMAT, LRCX, SGH, CEVA, MU, EVTC, CSGS, SAIC, COHR, WDC, and STX)
Underlyings
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Applied Materials Inc.

Applied Materials is engaged in providing manufacturing equipment, services and software to the semiconductor, display and related industries. The company operates in three segments: Semiconductor Systems, develops, manufactures and sells a range of manufacturing equipment used to fabricate semiconductor chips, also referred to as integrated circuits; Applied Global Services, which provides integrated solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance; and Display and Adjacent Markets, which comprised of products for manufacturing liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diode, and other display technologies for TVs, monitors, laptops, personal computers, and electronic tablets.

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.

Boise Cascade Company

Boise Cascade is a wood products manufacturer and building materials distributor. The company's line of products is used primarily in new residential construction, residential repair-and-remodeling projects, light commercial construction, and industrial applications. The company has two reportable segments. The company's Wood Products segment manufactures laminated veneer lumber, I-joists, and laminated beams, which are collectively referred to as engineered wood products (EWP). The company's Building Materials Distribution segment sells a line of building materials, including oriented strand board, plywood, lumber, general line items such as siding, composite decking, metal products, insulation, and roofing, and EWP.

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's segments are Retail, which sells commercial packages, group medical, workers' compensation, property risk and general liability insurance; National Programs, which provides Professional Programs, Personal Lines Programs, Commercial Programs, Public Entity-Related Programs, and National Flood Program; Wholesale Brokerage, which markets and sells excess and surplus commercial insurance products and services; and Services, which provides insurance-related services.

Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup is a manufacturer and marketer of food and beverage products. The company's reportable segments are: Meals and Beverages, which includes the retail and foodservice businesses in the United States and Canada, and the meals and shelf-stable beverages business in Latin America; Snacks, which consists of Pepperidge Farm cookies, crackers, fresh bakery and frozen products in United States retail, including Milano cookies and Goldfish crackers, and Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, Lance sandwich crackers, Cape Cod and Kettle Brand potato chips, Late July snacks, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, Pop Secret popcorn, Emerald nuts, and other snacking products in the United States and Canada.

Carlisle Cos.

Carlisle Companies designs, manufactures and markets commercial roofing, energy, agriculture, mining, construction, aerospace and defense electronics, medical technology, transportation, general industrial, protective coatings, wood and auto refinishing. The company's segments are: Carlisle Construction Materials, which designs, manufactures and sells thermoplastic polyolefin and ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber; Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, which engineers, manufactures and sells wire, contacts and cable assemblies and satellite communication equipment; and Carlisle Fluid Technologies, which designs, manufactures and sells liquid and powder finishing equipment and system components.

Cavco Industries Inc.

Cavco Industries designs and produces factory-built homes distributed through a network of independent and the company-owned retailers, planned community operators and residential developers, marketed under a variety of brand names including Cavco, Fleetwood, Palm Harbor, Fairmont, Friendship, Chariot Eagle and Lexington. The company is also a producer of park model RVs, vacation cabins and systems-built commercial structures, as well as modular homes built under the Nationwide Homes brand. Each home contains a living room, dining area, kitchen, one to five bedrooms and one or more bathrooms, is equipped with central heat and hot water systems, kitchen appliances, floor coverings and window treatments.

Celanese Corp. Series A

Celanese is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a technology and specialty materials company. The company is a producer of engineered polymers and a producer of acetyl products, which are intermediate chemicals. The company's segments are: Engineered Materials, which develops, produces and supplies a portfolio of specialty polymers for automotive and medical applications, as well as industrial products and consumer electronics; Acetate Tow, which is a producer and supplier of acetate tow and acetate flake, primarily used in filter products applications; and Acetyl Chain, which includes the chain of intermediate chemistry, emulsion polymers and ethylene vinyl acetate polymers businesses.

Century Communities

Century Communities is engaged in the development, design, construction, marketing and sale of single-family attached and detached homes in the States of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington. In several of the company's projects, in addition to building homes, the company is responsible for the entitlement and development of the underlying land. The company builds and sells homes under its Century Communities and Wade Jurney Homes brands. The company's homebuilding operations are organized into the following five reportable segments: West, Mountain, Texas, Southeast, and Wade Jurney Homes.

CEVA Inc.

CEVA is a licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence (AI) processors. The company partners with semiconductor companies and original equipment manufacturers to create devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and Internet-of-Things (IoT).Co.'s portfolio includes platforms for 5G baseband processing for handsets and RAN, end-to-end offerings for cellular IoT, front-end voice and speech recognition software and algorithms along with digital signal processors for voice enabled devices and AI assistants, imaging and computer vision for any camera-enabled device, and a family of self-contained AI processors.

Coherent Inc.

Coherent is a provider of lasers, laser-based technologies and laser-based system solutions in a range of commercial, industrial and scientific applications. The company is organized into two reporting segments: OEM Laser Sources (OLS) and Industrial Lasers and Systems (ILS). OLS business segment is focused on laser sources and optical sub-systems primarily used in microelectronics manufacturing, medical diagnostics and therapeutic medical applications. The company's ILS business segment delivers laser sources, sub-systems and tools primarily used for industrial laser materials processing, serving end markets like automotive, machine tool, consumer goods and medical device manufacturing.

CSG Systems International Inc.

CSG Systems International is a revenue management and digital monetization, customer experience, and payment solutions provider. The company's primary product solutions include: Revenue Management and Digital Monetization, which provides global service providers with a revenue management framework in either a cloud-based or stand-alone environment; Customer Communications Management, which manages and improves the customer experience, from onboarding to upgrades, payments to field service management; Payments, which provides options to manage and process payments from their customers; and Managed Services, which operates software products (primarily its software solutions) on behalf of its clients.

DaVita

DaVita consists of two primary divisions, DaVita Kidney Care (Kidney Care) and DaVita Medical Group (DMG). Kidney Care is comprised of the company's U.S. dialysis and related lab services, its ancillary services and strategic initiatives, including its international operations and its corporate administrative support. The company's U.S. dialysis and related lab services business is its principal line of business, which is a provider of kidney dialysis services in the U.S. for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease. The company's DMG division is a patient- and physician-focused integrated healthcare delivery and management company providing outcomes-based medical care.

Eaton Vance Corp.

Eaton Vance is engaged in managing investment funds and providing investment management and advisory services to high-net-worth individuals and institutions. Through its investment affiliates, the company manages: active equity, income and alternative strategies across a range of investment styles and asset classes, including U.S. and global equities, floating-rate bank loans, and high-yield and investment grade bonds; and a range of systematic investment strategies, including systematic equity, systematic alternatives and managed options strategies. The company also provides custom portfolio implementation and overlay services, including tax-managed and non-tax-managed Custom Core equity strategies.

EVERTEC

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.

Fossil Group

Fossil Group is a design, marketing and distribution company that focuses on consumer fashion accessories. The company's principal offerings include a line of men's and women's fashion watches and jewelry, handbags, small leather goods, belts and sunglasses. The company's products are distributed through various distribution channels, including wholesale in countries where the company has a physical presence, direct to the consumer through the company's retail stores and commercial websites and through third-party distributors in countries where the company does not maintain a physical presence. The company's reportable operating segments are comprised of Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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.

Gypsum Management and Supply

GMS is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged as a building products including wallboard, suspended ceilings systems, or ceilings, steel framing and other complementary building products. The company's product offering are: wallboard for interior and exterior walls and ceilings in residential and commercial structures; ceilings, which consists of suspended mineral fiber, soft fiber and metal ceiling systems; Steel Framing, which consists of steel track, studs and the various other steel products; and Other Products, which includes complementary products such as insulation, lumber, ready-mix-joint compound and various other interior construction products and ancillary products.

Helen of Troy Corp.

Helen of Troy is a designer, developer, importer, marketer, and distributor of a portfolio of brand-name consumer products. The company operates three segments: Housewares, which includes food preparation tools and storage containers, cleaning, bath and garden tools and accessories, infant and toddler care products, and insulated beverage and food containers; Health and Home, which focuses on healthcare devices such as thermometers, humidifiers, heating pads, water filtration systems, and small home appliances; and Beauty, which includes electric hair care, beauty care and wellness appliances, grooming tools and accessories, and liquid-, solid- and powder-based personal care and grooming products.

Humana Inc.

Humana is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a health and well-being company. The company manages its business with three segments: Retail, which consists of products sold on a retail basis to individuals including medical and supplemental benefit plans, such as Medicare and state-based Medicaid Contracts; Group and Specialty, which consists of employer group commercial fully-insured medical and specialty health insurance benefits, including dental, vision and life insurance benefits, as well as administrative services only; and Healthcare Services, which includes pharmacy solutions, provider services, clinical care services, clinical programs and predictive modeling, among others.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Jacobs Engineering Group is a technical services firm. The company's lines of business are: Aerospace, Technology, Environmental and Nuclear, which provides a range of scientific, engineering, construction, nuclear, environmental and technical support services to the aerospace, defense, technical and automotive industries; Buildings, Infrastructure, and Advanced Facilities, which provides services to sectors including buildings, water, transportation (roads, rail, aviation and ports) and facilities for life sciences, semiconductors, data centers, consumer products and other manufacturing operations; and Energy, Chemicals and Resources, which serves the energy, chemicals and resources sectors.

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.

Lam Research Corp.

Lam Research is a supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. The company designs, manufactures, markets, refurbishes, and services semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. The company's customer base includes semiconductor memory, foundry, and integrated device manufacturers that make products such as non-volatile memory, dynamic random-access memory, and logic devices. The company's services include customer service, spares, improvement, and refurbishment of its deposition, etch, and clean products. The company sells its products and services to companies in the United States, China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan.

Lannett Co. Inc.

Lannett Company develops, manufactures, packages, markets, and distributes solid oral and extended release (tablets and capsules), topical, liquids, nasal and oral solution finished dosage forms of drugs, generic forms of both small molecule and biologic medications, that address various therapeutic areas. The company's products are: Levothyroxine Sodium tablets, which are used for the treatment of thyroid deficiency; Fluphenazine tablets, which are used for the management of manifestations of psychotic disorders; Verapamil SR tablets, which are used in the treatment of high blood pressure, arrhythmia and angina; and Ursodiol Capsules, which are used for the treatment and prevention of gallstones.

LGI Homes

LGI Homes is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in the design, construction, and sale of new homes in markets in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina, North Carolina, Colorado, Washington, Tennessee, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Alabama, California, Oregon, and Nevada. The company's product offerings include entry-level homes, including both detached homes and townhomes, and move-up homes sold, which are sold under its LGI Homes brand, and its luxury series homes, which are sold under its Terrata Homes brand. The company's homebuilding operations are organized and managed by seven divisions: West, Northwest, Central, Midwest, Florida, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

M.D.C. Holdings Inc.

M.D.C. Holdings is engaged in homebuilding and financial services. The company'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 to first-time and first-time move-up homebuyers under the name Richmond American Homes. The company's financial services operations include of: HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, which originates mortgage loans for its homebuyers; Allegiant Insurance Company, Inc. (Allegiant), which provides insurance coverage; StarAmerican Insurance Ltd., a re-insurer on Allegiant claims; American Home Insurance Agency, Inc., which provides third-party insurance products.

MarketAxess Holdings Inc.

MarketAxess Holdings operates an electronic trading platform that enables fixed-income market participants to trade corporate bonds and other types of fixed-income instruments using its patented technology. Through its Open Trading? protocols, the company executes trades in certain bond between and among institutional investor and broker-dealer clients. The company also provides trading-related products and services, including: Composite+ pricing and other market data products to assist clients with trading decisions; auto-execution and other execution services for clients requiring specialized workflow solutions; connectivity solutions that facilitate straight-through processing; and technology services.

Micron Technology Inc.

Micron Technology provides memory and storage solutions. The company's portfolio of memory and storage technologies include DRAM, NAND, NOR Flash, and 3D XPoint memory. The company has four business units: Compute and Networking Business, which includes memory products sold into cloud server, enterprise, client, graphics, and networking markets; Mobile Business, which includes memory products sold into smartphone and other mobile-device markets; Storage Business, which includes Solid-State Drives and component-level solutions sold into enterprise and cloud, client, and consumer storage markets; and Embedded Business, which includes storage products sold into automotive, industrial, and consumer markets.

Saia

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 (Saia LTL Freight) is an LTL carrier that serves several states. Saia LTL Freight is engaged in providing 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.

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.

Science Applications International Corporation

Science Applications International provides technical, engineering and enterprise information technology (IT) services. The company provides engineering, systems integration and information technology offerings for government projects and provides a range of services with an emphasis on differentiated technology services. The company's offerings include: engineering; technology and equipment platform integration; maintenance of ground and maritime systems; logistics; training and simulation; operation and program support services; and end-to-end services spanning the design, development, integration, deployment, management and operations, sustainment and security of its customers' entire IT infrastructure.

Seagate Technology

Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

Six Flags Entertainment is a theme park operator and also an operator of waterparks. The company's parks provide a selection of thrill rides, water attractions, themed areas, concerts and shows, restaurants, game venues and retail outlets. The company holds licenses for theme park usage of certain Warner Bros. and DC Comics characters throughout the U.S. (except the Las Vegas metropolitan area), Canada, Mexico and other countries. The company's licenses include the right to sell merchandise featuring the characters at the parks, and to use the characters in its advertising, as walk-around characters and in theming for rides, attractions and retail outlets.

Smart Global Holdings

SMART Global Holdings is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides data compute and storage products and solutions sold primarily to original equipment manufacturers as well as end customers for enterprise applications. The company provides a range of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) modules utilizing DRAM technologies from Synchronous DRAM to double data-rate (DDR), DDR2, DDR3 and DDR4 DRAM devices. The company provides these solutions to customers worldwide and also provides custom supply chain services including procurement, logistics, inventory management, temporary warehousing, kitting and packaging services.

TopBuild

TopBuild is an installer and distributor of insulation and other building products to the construction industry. The company's products and services are primarily 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.

Vector Group Ltd.

Vector Group is a holding company. The company is engaged principally in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the U.S. through its Liggett Group LLC (Liggett) and Vector Tobacco Inc. subsidiaries; and the real estate business through its New Valley LLC (New Valley) subsidiary. The company's business segments were Tobacco, and Real Estate. The Tobacco segment consists of the manufacture and sale of conventional cigarettes. The Real Estate segment includes the company's investment in New Valley, which includes Douglas Elliman, Escena, Sagaponack and investments in real estate ventures.

Washington Federal Inc.

Washington Federal is a bank holding company. Through its subsidiary, Washington Federal, National Association, the company's business consists primarily of accepting deposits from the general public and investing these funds in loans of various types, including first lien mortgages on single-family dwellings, construction loans, land acquisition and development loans, loans on multi-family, commercial real estate and other income producing properties, home equity loans and business loans. The company also invests in certain U.S. government and agency obligations and other investments. Through its subsidiaries, the company is also engaged in insurance brokerage activities.

Western Digital Corp.

Western Digital is a developer, manufacturer, and provider of data storage devices and solutions. The company's portfolio of technology and products address the following markets: Client Devices, which consist of hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices, flash-based embedded storage products, and flash-based memory wafers and components; Data Center Devices and Solutions, which consist of enterprise HDDs and enterprise SSDs, data center software and system solutions; and Client Solutions, which consist of HDDs and SSDs embedded into external storage products and removable flash-based products, such as cards, universal serial bus flash drives and wireless drives.

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XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics is a provider of supply chain solutions to various companies. The company runs its business on a global basis, with two reporting segments: Transportation, which provides freight brokerage, last mile, less-than-truckload, full truckload, global forwarding and managed transportation services; and Logistics, which provides differentiated and data-intensive logistics services, including warehousing and distribution, e-commerce fulfillment, cold chain solutions, reverse logistics, packaging and labeling, factory support, aftermarket support, inventory management and personalization services, such as laser etching.

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