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Vermilion Short Shots: Technically Vulnerable Stocks

Short Shots is a collection of technically vulnerable charts culled from the Negative Inflecting and Toppy columns within our Weekly Compass report or from various technical screening processes. The charts contained in this report have developed concerning technical patterns that suggest further price deterioration is likely. For these reasons Short Shots can also be a great source of ideas for investors interested in short-selling candidates.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings' operations are organized into two segments: Aerospace and Defense, which includes the company's wholly-owned subsidiary Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a technology-based engineering and manufacturing company that develops and produces propulsion systems, as well as armament systems, where the company develops and manufactures several propulsion types (liquid, solid, air-breathing, and electric) for space, defense, civil and commercial applications; and Real Estate, which includes the activities of the company's wholly-owned subsidiary Easton Development Company, LLC related to the re-zoning, entitlement, sale, and leasing of its excess real estate assets.

American Assets Trust Inc.

American Assets Trust is a self-administered real estate investment trust that owns, operates, acquires and develops retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use properties in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii. The company operates in four segments: Retail, which primarily include rental of retail space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements, parking and storage space rental; Office, which primarily include rental of office space and other tenant services; Multifamily, which include rental of apartments and other tenant services; and Mixed-use, which include rental of retail space and other tenant services.

American Express Co.

American Express is a payments company. The company is engaged in providing credit and charge cards to consumers, small businesses, mid-sized companies and corporations. The company's reportable operating segments are: Global Consumer Services Group, which provides services to consumers, including travel and lifestyle services; Global Commercial Services, which provides payment and expense management services, as weel as commercial financing products; and Global Merchant and Network Services, which operates a global payments network that processes and settles card transactions, acquires merchants and provides multi-channel marketing programs and capabilities, and services and data analytics.

Armstrong World Industries Inc.

Armstrong World Industries is a producer of ceiling systems for use primarily in the construction and renovation of commercial and residential buildings. The company designs, manufactures and sells ceiling systems (primarily mineral fiber, fiberglass wool and metal). The company's segments are: Mineral Fiber, which produces suspended mineral fiber and soft fiber ceiling systems for use in commercial and residential settings and includes its joint venture, Worthington Armstrong Venture, that manufactures suspension system (grid) products and ceiling component products; and Architectural Specialties, which produces and sources ceilings and walls for use in commercial settings.

Avalonbay Communities Inc.

AvalonBay Communities is a real estate investment trust. The company develops, redevelops, acquires, owns and operates multifamily communities primarily in New England, the New York/New Jersey metro area, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and Northern and Southern California. The company owns or holds a direct or indirect ownership interest in: operating apartment communities containing apartment homes in various states and the District of Columbia; communities under development; and rights to develop an additional communities.

Banco Santander S.A. ADS


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

Boston Properties

Boston Properties is a real estate investment trust that develops, owns and manages primarily office properties. The company's properties are concentrated in five markets: Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. The company is a real estate company, with in-house knowledge and resources in acquisitions, development, financing, capital markets, construction management, property management, marketing, leasing, accounting, risk management, tax and legal services. The company manages Boston Properties Limited Partnership, which is the entity through which the company conducts substantially all of its business and owns (either directly or through subsidiaries) substantially all of its assets.

Boston Scientific Corp.

Boston Scientific develops, manufactures and markets medical devices. The company's Medical Surgical segment consist of: Endoscopy, which develops and manufactures devices to diagnose and treat a range of gastrointestinal and pulmonary conditions; and Urology and Pelvic Health, which develops and manufactures devices to treat various urological and pelvic conditions. The company's Rhythm and Neuro segment includes: Cardiac Rhythm Management, which develops and manufactures implantable devices to treat cardiac abnormalities; and Electrophysiology, which develops and manufactures medical technologies used in the diagnosis and treatment of rate and rhythm disorders of the heart.

Carpenter Technology Corp.

Carpenter Technology is a producer and distributor of alloys, including titanium alloys, powder metals, stainless steels, alloy steels, and tool steels as well as drilling tools. The company's alloy-based materials and process solutions are used for applications in the aerospace, defense, transportation, energy, medical, industrial and consumer markets as well as additive manufacturing processes and soft magnetics applications. The company also produces metal powders and parts. The company has two business segments: Specialty Alloys Operations, which consists of the company's alloy and stainless steel manufacturing operations; and Performance Engineered Products, which consists of the company's differentiated operations.


CGI Group is engaged in managing information technology services, including outsourcing, systems integration and consulting, software licenses and maintenance, as well as business process services to help clients realize their strategies and create added value.


Chevron is engaged in energy and chemicals operations. Upstream operations consist primarily of, among others, exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas, storage and marketing of natural gas; and a gas-to-liquids plant. Downstream operations consist primarily of, among others, refining crude oil into petroleum products; marketing of crude oil and refined products; and manufacturing and marketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses and fuel and lubricant additives.

Citigroup Inc.

Citigroup is a financial services holding company whose businesses provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, trade and securities services and wealth management. The company operates via two primary business segments: Global Consumer Banking, which provides banking services to retail customers through retail banking, Citi-branded cards and Citi retail services; and Institutional Clients Group, which includes banking and markets and securities services.

Citrix Systems Inc.

Citrix Systems is an enterprise software company. The company markets and licenses its solutions through multiple channels worldwide, including selling through resellers, direct and over the Web. The company's partner community comprises thousands of value-added resellers known as Citrix Solution Advisors, value-added distributors, systems integrators, independent software vendors, original equipment manufacturers and Citrix Service Providers. The company provides solutions and services that it categorizes into three inter-related and complementary areas: Workspace, Networking and Professional Services.

CME Group

CME Group is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company exchanges provides a range of global benchmark products across asset classes based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange (FX), agricultural, energy and metal commodities. The company provides futures and options on futures trading across asset classes through its subsidiary, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) Globex platform, cash and repo fixed income trading via BrokerTec, and cash and OTC FX trading via EBS. In addition, the company operates central counterparty clearing providers, CME Clearing, a division of CME. The company also provides optimization, reconciliation and processing services through TriOptima, Traiana and Reset.

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ConocoPhillips is an exploration and production company engaged in exploring for, producing, transporting and marketing crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas and natural gas liquids. The company's segments include: Alaska, which operates in Alaska; Lower 48, which operates in the United States and the Gulf of Mexico; Canada, which operates in Alberta and British Columbia; Europe and North Africa, which consists of operations and exploration activities in Norway, the United Kingdom and Libya; Asia Pacific and Middle East, which operates in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Qatar, and Timor-Leste; and Other International, which operates in Colombia, Chile and Argentina.

Curtiss-Wright Corp.

Curtiss-Wright is a manufacturing and service company that designs, manufactures, and overhauls components and provides engineered products and services. The company's segments are: Commercial/Industrial, which provides engineered products and services including industrial vehicle products, sensors, valves and surface technology services; Defense, which provides Commercial Off-the-Shelf embedded computing board-level modules, integrated subsystems, instrumentation and control systems, turret aiming and stabilization products, and weapons handling systems; and Power, which provides hardware, pumps, valves, fastening systems, containment doors, airlock hatches, and spent fuel management products.

Diamondback Energy

Diamondback Energy is an independent oil and natural gas company focused on the acquisition, development, exploration and exploitation of unconventional, onshore oil and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas. The company's activities are primarily focused on horizontal development of the Spraberry and Wolfcamp formations of the Midland Basin and the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring formations of the Delaware Basin, both of which are part of the larger Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico.

Enbridge Inc.

Enbridge is an energy transportation and distribution companyoperating in 5 segments: Liquids Pipelines, consists of common carrier and contract crude oil, natural gas liquids and refined products pipelines and terminals; Gas Distribution, of Co.'s natural gas utility operations; Gas Pipelines and Processi consists of investments in natural gas pipelines and processing facilities; Green Power and Transmission, consists of Co.'s investments in renewable energy assets and transmission facilities; and Energy Services, consist of physical commodity marketing activity and logistical services.

Equifax Inc.

Equifax Inc. is a provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The company's services are based on databases of consumer and business information. The company uses statistical techniques, machine learning and proprietary software tools to analyze all available data, creating insights, decision-making solutions and processing services for its clients. The company also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management. Additionally, the company provides payroll-related and human resource management business process outsourcing services in the United States of America.

Equity Residential

Equity Residential is a real estate investment trust. The company focuses on the acquisition, development and management of rental apartment properties. The company is the general partner of, and owns 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 (collectively, Operating Partnership). The Operating Partnership holds substantially all of the assets of the company The company, directly or indirectly through investments in title holding entities, owns all or a portion of its properties located in several states and the District of Columbia.

Franklin Resources Inc.

Franklin Resources is a holding company that, together with its subsidiaries, operates as Franklin Templeton?. The company is an investment management organization that provides investment management and related services to retail, institutional and investors in jurisdictions worldwide through its investment products. The company's investment products include its sponsored funds, as well as institutional and separate accounts, and sub-advised products. The company's funds include registered and unregistered funds. The company's services include fund administration, sales and distribution, and shareholder servicing. The company also provides sub-advisory services to certain investment products sponsored by other companies.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (ADR)


HollyFrontier is a petroleum refiner that produces products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, other lubricant products, and specialty and modified asphalt. The company's segments are: Refining, which involves the purchase and refining of crude oil and wholesale and marketing of refined products; Lubricants and Specialty Products, which includes the production of lubricant products such as base oils, white oils, other products and finished lubricants; and the company's subsidiary, Holly Energy Partners, L.P., which owns and operates logistics and refinery assets consisting of petroleum product and crude oil pipelines, terminals, tankage, loading rack facilities and processing units.

Intel Corp.

Intel is a data-centric company. The company's operating segments are: Data Center Group, which develops platforms for compute, storage, and network functions; Internet of Things Group, which facilitates its customers creating, storing, and processing data; Mobileye, which provides assistance and automation solutions; Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, which provides memory and storage products based on Intel? Optane? technology and Intel? 3D NAND technology; Programmable Solutions Group, which provides programmable semiconductors; and Client Computing Group, which connects people to data, allowing each person to focus, create, and engage in ways that unlock their individual potential.

L3Harris Technologies Inc

L3Harris Technologies is a global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions. The company's segments are: Integrated Mission Systems, including multi-mission intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and communication systems; Space and Airborne Systems, including space payloads, sensors and full-mission solutions; Communication Systems, including tactical communications, broadband communications, integrated vision solutions, and public safety; and Aviation Systems, including defense aviation products, security, detection and other commercial aviation products, commercial and military pilot training, and mission networks for air traffic management.

Lumber Liquidators Holdings

Lumber Liquidators Holdings is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company engages in business as a multi-channel retailer of hard-surface flooring, and hard-surface flooring improvements and accessories, operating as a single operating segment. The company provides exotic and domestic hardwood species, engineered hardwood, laminate, resilient vinyl, waterproof vinyl plank and porcelain tile flooring direct to the consumer. The company features the renewable flooring products, bamboo and cork, and provides a selection of flooring improvements and accessories, including moldings, noise-reducing underlayment, adhesives and flooring tools. The company also provides in-home delivery and installation services.

Novartis AG ADS


Oshkosh is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of access equipment, specialty vehicles and truck bodies for the primary markets of access equipment, defense, fire and emergency and municipal, refuse hauling, concrete placement as well as airport services. The company's segments are: access equipment, which designs and manufactures aerial work platforms and telehandlers; defense, which designs and manufactures tactical wheeled vehicles and related service; fire and emergency, which designs and manufactures fire apparatus assembled on custom chassis; and commercial, which designs and manufactures front- and rear-discharge concrete mixers and portable and stationary concrete batch plants.


Parsons is a provider of technology-driven solutions in the defense, intelligence and critical infrastructure markets. The company provides technical design and engineering services and software to address the company's customers' challenges. The company has developed significant expertise and differentiated capabilities in key areas of cybersecurity, intelligence, defense, military training, connected communities, physical infrastructure and mobility solutions. The company performs work in various foreign countries through local subsidiaries, joint ventures and foreign offices maintained to carry out specific projects.

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States. The company's portfolio comprises international and local brands including Marlboro, which is complemented in the premium-price category by Parliament. The company's other international cigarette brands are Bond Street, Chesterfield, L&M, Lark and Philip Morris. The company also owns various local cigarette brands, such as Dji Sam Soe, Sampoerna A and Sampoerna U in Indonesia, and Fortune and Jackpot in the Philippines.

Prudential PLC

Raytheon Technologies Corp.

Smith & Nephew PLC

Strategic Education

Strategic Education is an education services company. The company provides campus-based and online post-secondary education offerings through two subsidiaries, Strayer University and Capella University. Strayer University provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice at physical campuses, primarily located in the eastern U.S., and online. Capella University is an online post-secondary education company that provides a variety of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs primarily delivered to working adults.


TechnipFMC is global leader in oil and gas projects, technologies, systems, and services. Co. offers subsea, surface, onshore, and offshore solutions for oil and gas projects. Co. serves customers worldwide. With Co.'s technologies and production systems, integrated expertise, and comprehensive solutions, Co. is transforming Co.'s clients' project economics. Co. is uniquely positioned to deliver greater efficiency across project lifecycles from concept to project delivery and beyond. Through innovative technologies and improved efficiencies, Co.'s offering unlocks new possibilities for Co.'s clients in developing their oil and gas resources.

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VMware Inc.

VMware is engaged in the development and application of technologies with x86 server-based computing, separating application software from the underlying hardware. The company's product and service solutions are organized into three main product groups: Software-Defined Data Center, which is designed to transform the data center into an on-demand service that addresses application requirements; Hybrid Cloud Computing, which is comprised of VMware Cloud Provider Program and VMware Cloud Services; and End-User Computing solution, which consists of VMware Workspace ONE, its digital workspace platform, that includes Unified Endpoint Management and VMware Horizon application and desktop virtualization.


Wabtec primarily serves the global freight rail and passenger transit industries. The company provides its products and services through two segments: Freight, which primarily manufactures and provides aftermarket parts and services for new locomotives; provides components for new and existing locomotives and freight cars; builds new commuter locomotives; and supplies rail control and infrastructure products, among others: and Transit, which primarily manufactures and services components for new and existing passenger transit vehicles, mainly regional trains, high speed trains, subway cars, light-rail vehicles and buses; and supplies rail control and infrastructure products, among others.

Wells Fargo & Co.

Wells Fargo & Company is a financial and a bank holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance. The company provides consumer financial products and services including checking and savings accounts, credit and debit cards, and automobile, student, mortgage and home equity and small business lending, as well as financial planning, private banking, investment management, and fiduciary services. The company also provides financial solutions including commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, trade financing, treasury management, and investment banking services.

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