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EUR 44.47 For Business Accounts Only

Vital Signs: Actionable charts

Key Points:

• The decline in interest rates has investors seeking dividend related equities (ex. VZ, POST, VTS, WELL, ESS, O, NNN, EPR, FE, AEP, PNW, and NI)

• A few Restaurants acted well despite the plunge in Friday's market (ex. DRI, MCD, YUM, and SBUX)

• A few Staples Sector names are attractive. (ex. SJM, POST, SAFM, COKE, and KMB)
Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

Air Products and Chemicals provides a portfolio of products, services, and solutions that include atmospheric gases, process and other gases, equipment, and services. The company's industrial gases business produces atmospheric gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases); process gases (hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, syngas, and other gases); and equipment for production or processing of gases, such as air separation units and non-cryogenic generators. The company's industrial gases equipment business designs and manufactures equipment for air separation, hydrocarbon recovery and purification, natural gas liquefaction, and liquid helium and liquid hydrogen transport and storage.

American Electric Power Co. Inc.

American Electric Power Company is a public utility holding company. The public utility subsidiaries of the company provide electric service, consisting of generation, transmission and distribution, on an integrated basis to their retail customers. The service areas of the company's public utility subsidiaries cover portions of the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Transmission networks are interconnected with distribution facilities in the territories served.

BlackRock Health Sciences Trust

Cable One

Cable One is a provider of data, video and voice services in Western, Midwestern and Southern states. The company provides these broadband services to residential and business customers in more than 750 communities. The markets the company serves are primarily non-metropolitan, secondary markets, with majority of its customers located in seven states: Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The company's product lines include residential data services, residential video services, residential voice services, business services, and advertising.

Coca-Cola Consolidated

Coca-Cola Consolidated distributes, markets and manufactures nonalcoholic beverages. The company's product offerings include both sparkling and still beverages. Sparkling beverages are carbonated beverages and the company's principal sparkling beverage is Coca-Cola. Still beverages include energy products and noncarbonated beverages such as bottled water, tea, ready to drink coffee, enhanced water, juices and sports drinks. The company's sales are divided into two main categories: bottle/can sales and other sales. Bottle/can sales include products packaged primarily in plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Other sales include sales to other Coca-Cola bottlers and post-mix products.

EPR Properties

EPR Properties is a real estate investment trust with an investment portfolio that includes entertainment, recreation and education properties. The company's segments are: Entertainment, which include investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers and family entertainment centers; Recreation, which include investments in ski properties, golf entertainment complexes and other recreation facilities; Education, which include investments in public charter schools, early education centers and private schools; and Other, which consist of land under ground lease, property under development and land held for development related to the Resorts World Catskills casino and resort project.

Essex Property Trust Inc.

Essex Property Trust operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The company owns all of its interest in its real estate and other investments directly or indirectly through Essex Portfolio, L.P. (the Operating Partnership). The company is the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership. The company is engaged primarily in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development and redevelopment of primarily apartment communities, located along the West Coast. The company owns or has an interest in various operating apartment communities, consisting of apartment homes, operating commercial building and active development projects in various stages of development.

FirstEnergy Corp.

FirstEnergy is a public utility holding company. The company and its subsidiaries are principally involved in the transmission, distribution and generation of electricity. The company's reportable operating segments are comprised of: Regulated Distribution, which distributes electricity through the company's utility operating companies and also controls regulated electric generation capacity located primarily in West Virginia, Virginia and New Jersey; and Regulated Transmission, which provides transmission infrastructure owned and operated by the transmission companies and certain of the company's utilities to transmit electricity from generation sources to distribution facilities.

General Mills Inc.

General Mills manufactures and markets branded consumer foods. The company's segments are: North America Retail, which provides cereals, refrigerated yogurt, soup, meal kits, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, grain, fruit and savory snacks, and organic products, among others; Convenience Stores and Foodservice, which provides snacks, yogurt, frozen meals and frozen dough products, and baking mixes, among others; Europe and Australia, which includes retail and foodservice businesses in the Europe and Australia region; Asia and Latin America, which consists of retail and foodservice businesses in the Asia and South America regions; and Pets, which includes pet food products.

Hibbett Sports Inc.

Hibbett Sports is an athletic-inspired fashion retailer primarily located in small and mid-sized communities across the country primarily in the South, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest regions. The company's merchandise assortment features a primary selection of brand name merchandise focusing on athletic footwear, athletic and fashion apparel, team sports equipment and related accessories. The company's Hibbett Sports stores includes free-standing stores, and stores in enclosed malls. The company's City Gear stores are located primarily in strip centers. The company's Sports Additions stores provides athletic footwear with the remainder consisting of headwear and apparel.

J.M. Smucker Co.

Smucker (J.M.) manufactures and markets food and beverage products. The company's principal products are coffee, dog food, pet snacks, cat food, peanut butter, fruit spreads, frozen handheld products, shortening and oils, portion control products, juices and beverages, and flour and baking ingredients. The company has four reportable segments: U.S. Retail Coffee, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, and U.S. Retail Pet Foods, and International and Away From Home. The U.S. retail market segments represent the sales of food and beverage products to consumers through retail outlets in North America. The International and Away From Home segment represents sales outside of the U.S. retail market segments.

Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Kimberly-Clark is principally engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of products primarily made from natural or synthetic fibers using technologies in fibers, nonwovens and absorbency. The company is organized into three operating segments: Personal Care, which provides solutions and products such as disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products; Consumer Tissue, which provides facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and related products; and K-C Professional, which provides a range of solutions and supporting products such as wipers, tissue, towels, apparel, soaps and sanitizers.

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.

Mondelez International Inc.

Mondelez International sells food and beverage products. The company's portfolio includes snack brands such as: Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Halls candy; Trident gum and Tang powdered beverages. The company's operations and management structure are organized into four operating segments: Latin America; Asia, Middle East, and Africa; Europe; and North America. The company's brands include five product categories: biscuits (including cookies, crackers and salted snacks); chocolate; gum and candy; beverages; and cheese and grocery. The company sells its products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, and other retail food outlets, among others.

National Retail Properties

National Retail Properties is a real estate investment trust. The company's assets are primarily real estate assets. The company acquires, owns, invests in and develops properties that are leased primarily to retail tenants under long-term net leases and are primarily held for investment.

NiSource Inc.

NiSource is an energy holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a natural gas distribution company. The company's reportable segments are: Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. For its gas distribution operations, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, NiSource Gas Distribution Group, Inc., the company owns distribution subsidiaries that provide natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Massachusetts. Through its electric operations, the company generates, transmits and distributes electricity through its subsidiary, Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC, and engages in wholesale and transmission transactions.

Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

Pinnacle West Capital is a holding company. Through its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service Company, the company provides either retail or wholesale electric service to most of the State of Arizona, with the exceptions of about one-half of the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Tucson metropolitan area and Mohave County in northwestern Arizona. The company's business segment is its regulated electricity segment, which consists of regulated retail and wholesale electricity businesses (primarily electric service to Native Load customers) and related activities, and includes electricity generation, transmission and distribution.

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.

Realty Income Corp.

Realty Income is a real estate investment trust. The company invests in commercial real estate. The company owns a portfolio of properties located in various states and Puerto Rico.

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.

Starbucks Corp.

Starbucks is a roaster, marketer and retailer of coffee. The company purchases and roasts coffees that it sells, along with coffee, tea and other beverages and a variety of food items, through the company-operated stores. The company also sells a variety of coffee and tea products and licenses its trademarks via other channels such as licensed stores, grocery and foodservice accounts. In addition to its Starbucks Coffee brand, the company sells goods and services under the following brands: Teavana, Seattle's Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, La Boulange, Ethos, Starbucks Reserve and Princi. The company has four reportable operating segments: Americas, China / Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Channel Development.


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.

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.

Varian Medical Systems Inc.

Varian Medical Systems is a manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions. The company's segments are: Oncology Systems, which designs, manufactures, sells and services hardware and software products for treating cancer with radiotherapy and treatments such as fixed field intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiotherapy and brachytherapy as well as associated equipment; and Proton Solutions, which develops, designs, manufactures, sells and services products and systems for delivering proton therapy for the treatment of cancer.

Ventas Inc.

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

Verizon Communications Inc.

Verizon Communications is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental agencies. The company has two reportable segments: Wireless, which provides communications products and services including wireless voice and data services and equipment sales, which are provided to consumer, business and government customers; and Wireline, which provides communications products and other services, including video and data services, corporate networking solutions, security and managed network services and local and long distance voice services.

Welltower Inc.

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

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