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ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide develops, markets, installs, and supports a range of software products and solutions primarily focused on facilitating real-time electronic payments. The company's payment capabilities, technologies, and solutions are marketed under the brand name Universal Payments. In addition to its own products, the company distributes, or acts as a sales agent for software developed by third parties. These products and services are used globally by banks, financial intermediaries, and a range of transaction-generating endpoints, including automated teller machines, merchant point-of-sale terminals, bank branches, mobile phones, tablets, corporations, and internet commerce sites.

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.

Ashland Global Holdings Inc

Ashland Global Holdings is engaged in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, construction, energy, food and beverage, nutraceuticals, personal care and pharmaceutical. The company has three segments: Specialty Ingredients, which provdides cellulose ethers, vinyl pyrrolidones and biofunctionals; Composites, which manufactures and sells a range of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, gelcoats and additives for the reinforced plastics industry; and Intermediates and Solvents, which produces 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and related derivatives, including tetrahydrofuran and n-methylpyrrolidone.


AtriCure is a provider of treatments for atrial fibrillation and left atrial appendage management. The company has several product lines for the ablation of cardiac tissue, including its Isolator Synergy Ablation System, a surgical device for the treatment of persistent and longstanding persistent forms of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing certain open concomitant procedures. The company also provides a variety of minimally invasive ablation devices and access tools to facilitate the growing trend in less invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery. The company's cryoICE cryosurgery product line provides a variety of cryoablation devices for use in various types of cardiothoracic surgery.

Badger Meter

Badger Meter is an innovator, manufacturer and marketer of products incorporating flow measurement, control and communication solutions serving markets worldwide. The company's product lines fall into two categories: sales of water meters, radios and related technologies to municipal water utilities (municipal water) and sales of meters, valves and other products for industrial applications in water, wastewater, and other industries (flow instrumentation). The company provides flow measurement, control and communication portfolios in the market. This portfolio carries brand names including Recordall?, Hedland?, Dynasonics?, Blancett?, and Research Control?.

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BorgWarner Inc.

BorgWarner is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a global product provider in technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. The company manufactures and sells these products worldwide, primarily to original equipment manufacturers of light vehicles (passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles, vans and light trucks). The company's segments are: Engine, which provides turbochargers, eBoosters, timing systems, emissions systems, thermal systems, gasoline ignition technology, cabin heaters, battery heaters and battery charging; and Drivetrain, which provides rotating electrical components, power electronics, clutching systems, control modules and all-wheel drive systems.

Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth is a licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada. The principal activities of Co. are the production and sale of marijuana out of its facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario as regulated by the "Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations".

Centene Corp.

Centene is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. The company operates in two segments: Managed Care, which provides health plan coverage, including Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, Long-Term Services and Supports, Foster Care, Medicare-Medicaid Plans, the Supplemental Security Income Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace; and Specialty Services, which consists of the company's specialty companies providing auxiliary healthcare services and products.

Childrens Place

Children's Place is a children's apparel retailer in North America. The company sells apparel, accessories, footwear and other items for children. The company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell merchandise, the substantial majority of which is under the proprietary The Children's Place, Place and Baby Place brand names. The company has differentiated departments and serves the wardrobe needs of girls and boys, toddler girls and boys and baby. The company's merchandise is also available online at The company's segments are The Children's Place U.S. and The Children's Place International.

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Corning Inc.

Corning is a provider of glass. The company's segments are: Display Technologies, which manufactures glass substrates for displays, including organic light-emitting diode and liquid crystal displays that are used in televisions, notebook computers and flat panel desktop monitors; Optical Communications, which consists of carrier network and enterprise network; Specialty Materials, which manufactures products that provide material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals; Environmental Technologies, which manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile applications; and Life Sciences, which provides consumables, general labware and equipment.

Credicorp Ltd.

CrediCorp is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged in investing activities. Co. operates primarily through four operating segments: banking, investment banking, insurance, and pension funds. Banking - principally handling loans, credit facilities, deposits and current accounts. Insurance - principally comprising the issue of insurance policies to cover losses in commercial property, transportation, marine vessels, automobile, life, health and pension funds. Pension funds - providing services of private pension fund management to affiliated pensioners. Investment banking - provide investment brokerage and management to a broad and diverse clientele.

Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a diesel engine manufacturer. The company's segments include: Engine, which manufactures and markets a range of diesel and natural gas powered engines; Distribution, which consists of product lines that service and/or distribute the range of the company's products and services; Components, which supplies aftertreatment systems, turbochargers, transmissions, filtration products, electronics and fuel systems for commercial diesel and natural gas applications; Power Systems, which includes power generation, industrial, and generator technologies product lines; and Electrified Power, which designs, manufactures, sells and supports electrified power systems ranging from fully electric to hybrid.

Deckers Outdoor Corp.

Deckers Outdoor is engaged in designing, marketing and distributing footwear, apparel and accessories. The company markets its products primarily under five brands. The UGG brand is comprised of a line of footwear, apparel and accessories for women, men and children. The HOKA brand is a line of footwear and apparel. The Teva brand's product line includes sandals, shoes, and boots. Sanuk brand is comprised of casual shoe and sandal categories. Other brands consist of Koolaburra by UGG brand, a casual footwear fashion using sheepskin and other plush materials. The company's retail stores are primarily UGG brand concept and UGG brand outlet stores.

Domino's Pizza Inc.

Domino's Pizza is involved in the: retail sales of food through the company-owned Domino's Pizza stores; sales of food, equipment and supplies to the company-owned and franchised Domino's Pizza stores; and receipt of royalties, advertising contributions and fees from U.S. Domino's Pizza franchisees. The company's menu features pizza products with varying sizes and crust types. The company's typical store also provides oven-baked sandwiches, pasta, boneless chicken and wings, bread side items, desserts and soft drink products. International markets vary toppings by country and culture, such as squid topping in Japan, and feature regional specialty items, such as a banana and cinnamon dessert pizza in Brazil.

Domtar Corp

Domtar is engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and distributing a range of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. Co. is also a marketer and producer of a broad line of incontinence care products as well as infant diapers. Co. operates the following business segments: Pulp and Paper, which consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of communication, specialty and packaging papers, as well as softwood, fluff and hardwood market pulp; and Personal Care, which consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of absorbent hygiene products.

E*TRADE Financial Corp.

E*TRADE Financial is a financial services company that provides brokerage and related products and services. The company also provides investor-focused banking products, primarily sweep deposits, to investors. The company's primary brokerage business is organized into four product areas: Trading, Investing, Corporate Services, and Advisor Services. Additionally, the company provides banking and cash management capabilities, including deposit accounts insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which are fully integrated into customer brokerage accounts. Among other features, checking account customers have access to debit cards with ATM fee refunds, online and mobile bill pay, and mobile check deposits.


Etsy provides sellers a marketplace with buyers along with a range of seller tools and services that are specifically designed to help its creative entrepreneurs generate more sales and scale their businesses. The company's services include Promoted Listings, its on-site advertising service that allows sellers to pay for prominent placement of their listings in search results; Etsy Shipping Labels, which allows sellers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia to purchase discounted shipping labels; Pattern, a service that allows sellers to build custom websites; and Etsy Plus, a subscription offering.

First Bancorp (Puerto Rico)

First BanCorp is a financial holding company that provides a range of financial services for retail, commercial and institutional clients. The company controls two wholly-owned subsidiaries: FirstBank Puerto Rico (FirstBank) and FirstBank Insurance Agency, Inc. (FirstBank Insurance Agency). FirstBank is a Puerto Rico-chartered commercial bank, and FirstBank Insurance Agency is a Puerto Rico-chartered insurance agency. The company has six reportable segments: Commercial and Corporate Banking; Consumer (Retail) Banking; Mortgage Banking; Treasury and Investments; U.S. Operations; and Virgin Islands Operations.

Hawaiian Holdings

Hawaiian Holdings is a holding company. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., the company is engaged in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo amongst the Hawaiian Islands (the Neighbor Island routes), between the Hawaiian Islands and certain cities in the U.S. (the North America routes, together with the Neighbor Island routes, the Domestic routes), and between the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (the International routes). The company provides non-stop service to Hawai'i from various U.S. gateway cities, and also provides daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands. In addition, the company operates various charter flights.

Kemper Corp

KKemper is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides automobile, homeowners, life, health, and other insurance products to individuals and businesses. The company's operating segments are: Preferred Property and Casualty Insurance, which sells preferred automobile insurance, homeowners insurance and other personal insurance; Specialty Property and Casualty Insurance, which provides personal and commercial automobile insurance to consumers who have had difficulty obtaining standard or preferred risk insurance; and Life and Health Insurance, which include individual life, accident, health and property insurance. The company conducts its operations solely in the U.S.

LiveRamp Holdings Inc

LiveRamp Holdings is a global technology company. The company provides enterprise customer management platform that help organizations utilize customer data to deliver products and experiences. A main component of the company's platform is the omnichannel, deterministic identity graph. Utilizing the company's identity graph, the LiveRamp platform resolves a customer's data (first-, second-, or third-party) to consumer identifiers that represent real people in a way that protects consumer privacy.

Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

Mack-Cali Realty is a real estate investment trust. The company owns and operates a real estate portfolio comprised of Class A office and office/flex properties located primarily in the Northeast. The company performs substantially all real estate leasing, management, acquisition and development on an in-house basis. The company operates in two industry segments: commercial and other real estate and multi-family real estate and services. The company provides leasing, property management, acquisition, development, construction and tenant-related services for its commercial and other real estate and multi-family real estate portfolio. The company's multi-family services business also provides similar services for third parties.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in the sports and entertainment business. The company is comprised of two business segments: MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports. MSG Entertainment presents or hosts live entertainment events, including concerts and other live events such as family shows, performing arts events and special events, in the company's collection of venues. MSG Entertainment also creates, produces and/or presents live productions that are performed in the company's venues, including the Christmas Spectacular, which features the Rockettes. MSG Sports owns and operates sports franchises, including the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers.

Meredith Corp.

Meredith is a media company. The company is engaged in providing consumers with content and delivering the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. The company operates two business segments: national media and local media. The company's national media segment includes national consumer media brands delivered via multiple media platforms including print magazines, digital and mobile media, brand licensing activities, database-related activities, affinity marketing, and business-to-business marketing products and services. The company's local media segment consists of television stations located across the United States in markets with related digital and mobile media assets.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

Mettler-Toledo International is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics, and food retailing applications. The company also manufactures several related analytical instruments and provides automated chemistry solutions used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. In addition, the company manufactures metal detection and other end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging and provides solutions for use in certain process analytics applications. The company has five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations, and Other.

NuCor Corp.

Nucor manufactures steel and steel products. The company's operations include international trading and sales companies that buy and sell steel and steel products. The company's segments are: steel mills, which produces sheet steel, plate steel, and structural steel, and bar steel; steel products, which produces hollow structural section steel tubing, electrical conduit, steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, and wire and wire mesh; and raw materials, which produces direct reduced iron (DRI), brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron and DRI, supplies ferro-alloys, and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal.

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks provides a platform that allows enterprises, service providers, and government entities to secure their organizations. The company's platform uses a traffic classification engine that identifies network traffic by application, user, and content and provides security across the network, endpoint, and cloud. The company's product, subscription, and support offerings include: firewall appliances and software; and Panorama, which is a centralized security management solution for global control of various firewall appliances and software deployed on an end-customer's network as well as in their instances in public or private cloud environments as a virtual appliance or a physical appliance.

PerkinElmer Inc.

PerkinElmer is a provider of products, services and solutions to the diagnostics, life sciences and applied markets. The principal products and services of the company's two operating segments are: Diagnostics, which develops diagnostics, tools and applications focused on clinically-oriented customers, particularly within the reproductive health, market diagnostics and applied genomics markets; and Discovery & Analytical Solutions, which provides products and services targeted towards the life sciences and applied markets.

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Post Holdings

Post Holdings is a consumer packaged goods holding company. The company operates in five segments: Post Consumer Brands segment, which manufactures, markets and sells branded and private label ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal and hot cereal products; Weetabix, which primarily markets and distributes branded and private label RTE cereal products; Refrigerated Food, which produces and/or distributes egg products, sausage, side dishes, cheese and other refrigerated products; Active Nutrition, which markets and distributes beverages, bars, powders and other nutritional supplements; and Private Brands, which manufactures and distributes private label peanut and other nut butters, dried fruit and nuts.

Qiagen N.V.

Qiagen is provider of Sample to Insight solutions to transform biological materials into valuable molecular insights. Co.'s sample technologies process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software interprets data. Automation solutions unite these together in molecular testing workflows. Co. provides these workflows to four classes: Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (forensics, veterinary testing and food safety), Pharma (pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies) and Academia (life sciences research). Co. markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Reate Pharmaceuticals

Reata Pharmaceuticals focuses on developing small-molecule therapeutics with mechanisms of action for the treatment of diseases with few or no approved therapies. The company's main product candidates, bardoxolone methyl (Bard) and omaveloxolone (Omav), activate the transcription factor Nrf2, which plays a key role in regulating the cellular response to injury. By activating Nrf2, Bard and Omav normalize mitochondrial function, restore redox balance, and resolve inflammation. The company is developing Bard for the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) caused by Alport syndrome, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, and other rare forms of CKD.


REGENXBIO is a clinical-stage biotechnology company. The company's product candidates include: RGX-314, which is being developed for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration, a main cause of total and partial vision loss in the U.S., Europe and Japan; RGX-121, which is for the treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II; RGX-111, which is for the treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I; RGX-181, which is for the treatment of late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type II; and RGX-501, which is for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. The company's gene therapy product candidates deliver genes to cells using adeno-associated virus vectors.

Sarepta Therapeutics

Sarepta Therapeutics is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of RNA-targeted therapeutics, gene therapy and other genetic therapeutic modalities for the treatment of rare diseases. The company is developing therapeutic candidates for a range of diseases and disorders, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), Limb-girdle muscular dystrophies, Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA and Pompe. The company's product, EXONDYS 51? (eteplirsen) Injection (EXONDYS 51) is approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. EXONDYS 51 is indicated for the treatment of DMD in patients who have a confirmed mutation of the DMD gene that is amenable to exon 51 skipping.

Scansource Inc.

ScanSource is a provider of technology solutions and services. The company has two segments that each operate in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Latin American countries, and Europe: Worldwide Barcode, Networking and Security, which provides solutions including enterprise mobile computing, data capture, barcode printing, point-of-sale, payments, networking, electronic physical security, cyber security and other technologies; and Worldwide Communications and Services, which provides solutions including communications technologies and services for voice, video conferencing, wireless, data networking, cyber security, cable, unified communications and collaboration, cloud and technology services.

TD Ameritrade Holding

TD Ameritrade Holding is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a provider of securities brokerage services and related technology-based financial services to retail clients and independent registered investment advisors. The products and services available to the company's clients include: common and preferred stock, Exchange-Traded Funds, options, futures, foreign exchange, mutual funds, fixed income, new and secondary issue securities, margin lending, cash management services, and annuities. The company provides the client service and support through the following means: websites, branches, email, telephone, TTY services for the hearing impaired, and mobile app.

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Teradata is a cloud analytics software provider. The company's solutions and services comprise software, hardware, and related business consulting and support services to deliver analytics across a company's entire analytical ecosystem. The company's business consulting services include a range of offerings, including consulting to help organizations establish an analytic vision, identify and operationalize analytical opportunities, enable an analytical ecosystem architecture, and ensure their analytical infrastructure delivers value. The company also provides support and maintenance services for its offerings.


Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is a restaurant company operating predominately in the casual dining segment. The company operates Texas Roadhouse restaurants and Bubba's 33 restaurants. In addition, the company operates restaurants outside of the casual dining segment. The Texas Roadhouse restaurants provide an assortment of steaks hand-cut on the premises and cooked to order over open grills. In addition to steaks, the company also provides its guests a selection of ribs, seafood, chicken, pork chops, pulled pork and vegetable plates, hamburgers, salads and sandwiches. Bubba's 33 is a sports restaurant. The company's menu features burgers, pizza and wings as well as a variety of appetizers, sandwiches and dinner entrees.

Trinity Industries Inc.

Trinity Industries owns businesses that provide rail transportation products and services in North America. The company has three principal business segments: the Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group, which owns and operates a fleet of railcars and provides third-party fleet leasing, management, and administrative services; the Rail Products Group, which manufactures and sells railcars and related parts and components, and provides maintenance services; and All Other, which includes the company's highway products business; the company's captive insurance and transportation companies; legal, environmental, and maintenance costs associated with non-operating facilities; and other peripheral businesses.

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