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Wedbush Morning Call - May 22 2019 7:50PM

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Acer Therapeutics

Acer Therapeutics is a pharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development, and commercialization of therapies for serious rare and life-threatening diseases with unmet medical need. The company's pipeline includes three clinical-stage candidates: EDSIVO? (celiprolol) for the treatment of vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in patients with a confirmed type III collagen mutation; ACER-001 (a fully taste-masked, immediate release formulation of sodium phenylbutyrate) for the treatment of various inborn errors of metabolism, including urea cycle disorders and Maple Syrup Urine Disease; and osanetant for the treatment of various neuroendocrine disorders.

Acorda Therapeutics

Acorda Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies that restore function and improve the lives of people with neurological disorders. The company is engaged in the commercial sales of Inbrija (levodopa inhalation powder), which is approved for intermittent treatment of OFF episodes, also known as OFF periods, in people with Parkinson's disease treated with carbidopa/levodopa. Also, the company markets branded Ampyra (dalfampridine), an extended release tablet formulation of dalfampridine (4-aminopyridine, 4-AP) approved to improve walking in adults with multiple sclerosis.

Advance Auto Parts Inc.

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

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the development and commercialization of therapies. The company is engaged in complement inhibition and has developed and commercialized two complement inhibitors to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, as well as the complement inhibitor to treat atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome and anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis. In addition, the company has two enzyme replacement therapies for patients with metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency.

AutoZone Inc.

AutoZone is a retailer and a distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories. The company operates stores in the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Brazil. Each store carries a product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products. The company also has a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations and public sector accounts. The company also sells the ALLDATA brand automotive diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com.

Biogen

Biogen is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and delivering therapies for people living with neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, including in areas of multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, and neuromuscular disorders, including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The company's marketed products include TECFIDERA, AVONEX, PLEGRIDY, TYSABRI and FAMPYRA for the treatment of MS, SPINRAZA for the treatment of SMA and FUMADERM for the treatment of severe plaque psoriasis.

Darden Restaurants Inc.

Darden Restaurants is a restaurant company. The company owns and operates restaurants through subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada under the Olive Garden?, LongHorn Steakhouse?, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen?, Yard House?, The Capital Grille?, Seasons 52?, Bahama Breeze?, and Eddie V's Prime Seafood? trademarks. The company has four reportable segments: Olive Garden; LongHorn Steakhouse; Fine Dining (which includes The Capital Grille and Eddie V's); and Other Business (which includes Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and results from its franchise operations).

Dova Pharmaceuticals

Dova Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing drug candidates for diseases that are treated by specialist physicians, with an initial focus on addressing thrombocytopenia, a disorder characterized by a low blood platelet count. The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved DOPTELET (avatrombopag), which is an orally administered thrombopoietin receptor agonist for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in adult patients with chronic liver disease scheduled to undergo a procedure. The company is also conducting a trial in chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia.

Facebook Class A

Facebook is focused on building and engaging products that enable people to connect and share with friends and family through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces. The company's products include: Facebook, which enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, which is a community for sharing photos, videos, and messages; Messenger and WhatsApp, which are messaging applications; and Oculus, which is a hardware, software, and developer ecosystem that allows people to come together and connect with each other through its Oculus virtual reality products. The company also sells advertising placements to marketers.

Genuine Parts Co.

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

Home Depot Inc.

The Home Depot is a home improvement retailer. The company provides its customers an assortment of building materials, home improvement products, lawn and garden products, and decor products and provides a number of services, including home improvement installation services and tool and equipment rental. The company also maintains a network of distribution and fulfillment centers, as well as a number of e-commerce websites. The company provides a number of programs for its Professional Customers to meet their particular needs, and for its Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-For-Me customers, the company provides a number of installation services. The company also provides tool and equipment rentals for its customers.

Lowe's Cos.

Lowe's Companies is a home improvement retailer. The company provides home improvement products in lumber and building materials, appliances, seasonal and outdoor living, tools and hardware, fashion fixtures, rough plumbing and electrical, paint, millwork, lawn and garden, flooring, and kitchens categories. The company provides installation services through independent contractors in product categories, including appliances, flooring, kitchens, lumber and building materials, and millwork. The company also provides extended protection plans for various products within the appliances, kitchens, fashion fixtures, millwork, rough plumbing and electrical, seasonal and outdoor living, and tools and hardware categories.

Nike Inc. Cl B

NIKE is engaged in the design, development and marketing and selling of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. The company focuses its NIKE Brand product offerings in Running, NIKE Basketball, the Jordan Brand, Football (Soccer), Training and Sportswear categories. The company markets products designed for kids, as well as for other athletic and recreational uses such as American football, baseball, cricket, golf, lacrosse, tennis, walking, and other outdoor activities. The company has license agreements that permit unaffiliated parties to manufacture and sell, using the company-owned trademarks, certain apparel, digital devices and applications and other equipment designed for sports activities.

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Oracle Corp.

Oracle provides products and services that address enterprise information technology (IT) environments. The company's products and services include applications and infrastructure offerings. The company's cloud and license business engages in the sale, marketing and delivery of its applications and infrastructure technologies through cloud and on-premise deployment models including its cloud services and license support offerings; and its cloud license and on-premise license offerings. The company's hardware business provides Oracle Engineered Systems, servers, storage, industry-specific hardware, operating systems, virtualization, management and other hardware-related software to support diverse IT environments.

Qualys Inc

Qualys is a provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions that enable organizations to identify security risks to their information technology (IT) infrastructures, help protect their IT systems and applications from cyber-attacks. The company's cloud platform consists of IT security, compliance monitoring, web application security, IT asset management and cloud and container security solutions. The company also provides open application program interfaces and other developer tools that allow third parties to embed its technology into their solutions and build applications on its cloud platform. The company's cloud platform utilizes physical and virtual sensors, and cloud agents.

Sage Therapeutics

Sage Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing medicines to treat life-altering central nervous system disorders. The company's principal product candidate is ZULRESSO? (brexanolone) injection, a proprietary intravenous formulation of brexanolone for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD). The company's other product candidate is SAGE-217, an oral compound that is being developed for PPD and major depressive disorder. The company also has a portfolio of other compounds that target GABAA receptors, which include SAGE-324 and SAGE-689. The company's second area of focus is the development of compounds that target the NMDA receptor, which include SAGE-718.

Shoe Carnival Inc.

Shoe Carnival is a family footwear retailers. The company provides customers a a range of dress, casual and athletic footwear for men, women and children with an emphasis on national name brands. The company operates stores in the states and Puerto Rico and provides online shopping at www.shoecarnival.com. The company's stores carry complementary accessories such as socks, belts, shoe care items, handbags, sport bags, backpacks, scarves and wallets, while its e-commerce site provides certain handbags, sport bags and backpacks. Women's, men's and children's non-athletic footwear categories are further divided into dress, casual, sport, sandals and boots.

Symantec Corp.

Symantec is a provider of cyber security. The company provides cyber security products, services and solutions to organizations and individuals worldwide. The company's Enterprise Security portfolio includes a mix of products, services and solutions, delivered as part of an Integrated Cyber Defense platform. The company's platform unifies cloud and on-premises security to provide threat protection and information protection across endpoints, networks, email, and cloud applications. The company also provides services, support services, and cyber security services. The company's Cyber Safety solutions from Norton LifeLock help consumers protect their devices, online privacy, identities, and home networks.

Tenable Holdings

Tenable Holdings provides solutions for cybersecurity called Cyber Exposure, which manages and measures cybersecurity risk. The company's platform offerings provide visibility into security issues such as vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, internal and regulatory compliance violations and other indicators of the state of an organization's security. The company's platform integrates and analyzes data from its collectors alongside IT asset, threat data from third-party systems and applications. The company's enterprise platform offerings, including Tenable.io, Tenable.sc, are built to provide organizations with the visibility to understand attack surfaces.

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 TractorSupply.com and Petsense.com. 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.

Twitter

Twitter provides products and services for users, advertisers, developers and platform and data partners. The company's products and services for users include Twitter, a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time; and Periscope, a mobile application that lets anyone broadcast and watch video live with others. The company's products and services for advertisers include Promoted Products such as Promoted Tweets, Promoted Accounts, and Promoted Trends. The company's products for developers and data partners provide tools, public APIs and embeddable widgets that developers can use to contribute their content to its platform and syndicate and distribute Twitter content across their properties.

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VF Corp.

VF is an apparel and footwear company. The company designs, produces, procures, markets and distributes a variety of lifestyle products, including outerwear, footwear, occupational and performance apparel, jeanswear, backpacks and luggage for consumers of all ages. Products are marketed primarily under the company-owned brand names. The company's segment comprised of: Outdoor, which includes performance-based and outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment; Active, which includes active apparel, footwear and accessories; Work, which consists of work and work-inspired lifestyle apparel and footwear and occupational apparel; and Jeans, which markets denim and related casual apparel products.

Visa

Visa is a payments technology company. The company's primary products consist of business solutions, which include small business, corporate cards, purchasing cards, virtual accounts, and disbursement accounts; credit, which allows consumers and businesses to access credit to pay for goods and services; debit, which allows consumers and small businesses to purchase goods and services using funds in their demand deposit accounts; prepaid, which addresses consumer-use cases and needs including, general purpose reloadable and payroll; and global ATM, which provides account holders with cash access through issuing and acquiring partnerships with financial institutions and independent ATM operators.

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Workday

Workday is a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The company's products include: Workday Financial Management, an application with financial capabilities, analytics and metrics, and auditable process management; and Workday Human Capital Management, which includes global human resources management (workforce lifecycle management, organization management, compensation, absence, and employee benefits administration) and global talent management (goal management, performance management, succession planning, and career and development planning). The company's other solutions include Adaptive Insights Business Planning Cloud, as well as Workday Data-as-a-Service.

Zendesk

Zendesk is a software development company that provides software as a service products to help organizations and their customers build better experiences. The company's family of products include: Zendesk Support, which provides organizations with the ability to track, prioritize, and solve customer support tickets; Zendesk Chat, which is a live chat software; Zendesk Talk, which is a cloud-based call center software for phone and SMS support conversations; Zendesk Guide, which is a knowledge base that powers both customer self-service and support agent productivity; Zendesk Explore, which provides analytics for businesses; and Zendesk Sell, which is a sales force automation software.

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