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  • Ross LaDuke
EUR 41.68 For Business Accounts Only

Vital Signs: Actionable charts

Key Points:

• Gold appears to be developing a potential head-and-shoulders bottom. A break above the $128 level would be very bullish. (ex. GLD and GDX)

• A number of restaurants are bullishly inflecting, trending up and to the right. (ex. JACK, DIN, SHAK, and YUM)

• REIT's continue to be leadership (ex. PSB, HCP, HR, WELL, ARE, ESS, MAA, AMT, CCI, and SBAC)
Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities is an urban office real estate investment trust. The company is engaged in the business of providing space for lease to the life science, technology, and agtech industries. The company's properties are similar in that they provide space for lease to the life science and technology industries, consist of improvements that are generic and reusable, are primarily located in AAA urban innovation cluster locations, and have similar economic characteristics. The company operates in locations, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, and Research Triangle.

Caci International Inc. Cl A

CACI International is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a provider of information solutions and services to the United States government. The company's information solutions and services support national security missions and government modernization/transformation for intelligence, defense, and federal civilian customers. The company provides its services and solutions to its domestic customers in the following market areas, among others: business systems, command and control, communications, cyber security, enterprise information technology (IT), health, and intelligence services. The company's international operations provide a mix of IT services and proprietary data and software products.

Cboe Global Markets

Cboe Global Markets is an exchange holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides trading and investment solutions to investors. The company provides trading across a range of products in various asset classes and geographies, such as options, futures, United States and European equities, exchange-traded products, global foreign exchange and multi-asset volatility products based on the Cboe Volatility Index exchange-traded options and futures products. In addition to its exchanges providing a marketplace and listing venue for the trading of securities and derivatives the company calculates proprietary indices that are used as the basis for proprietary products or licensed for use by third parties.

Churchill Downs Inc.

Churchill Downs is a racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company. The company manages its operations through three reportable segments: Churchill Downs, Online Wagering, and Gaming. Churchill Downs includes live and historical pari-mutuel racing at Churchill Downs Racetrack and Derby City Gaming. Online Wagering includes the company's TwinSpires business and its online sports betting and iGaming business. Gaming includes casino properties and associated racetrack or jai alai facilities which support the casino license as applicable.

Cogent Communications Holdings

Cogent Communications Holdings is a facilities-based provider of Internet access, private network services, and data center colocation space. The company's network is designed and optimized to transmit packet switched data. The company provides on-net Internet access services through its own facilities, which run from its network to its customers' premises. The company's on-net service consists of Internet access and private network services offered at speeds ranging from 100 Megabits per second to 100 Gigabits per second. In addition to providing its on-net services, the company provides Internet access and private network services to customers that are not located in buildings directly connected to its network.

Cooper Cos.

Cooper Companies is a global medical device company. The company operates through CooperVision and CooperSurgical business units. CooperVision is a manufacturer providing products for contact lens wearers. CooperVision designs its products for astigmatism, presbyopia, myopia, ocular dryness and eye fatigues with a collection of spherical, toric and multifocal contact lenses. CooperVision is engaged in myopia management and specialty eye care markets with products, such as orthokeratology and scleral lenses. CooperSurgical focuses on improving the health of women, babies and families through a portfolio of products and services including medical devices, fertility, diagnostics and contraception.

Crown Castle International Corp.

Crown Castle International is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company owns, operates and leases shared communications infrastructure that is geographically dispersed throughout the U.S., including towers and other structures, such as rooftops (collectively, towers), and fiber primarily supporting small cell networks (small cells) and fiber solutions. The company's towers, fiber and small cells assets are collectively referred to herein as communications infrastructure. The company's core business is providing access, including space or capacity, to its shared communications infrastructure via long-term contracts in various forms, including lease, license, sublease and service agreements.


DENTSPLY SIRONA is a manufacturer of dental products and technologies. The company's Consumables segment is responsible for the design, manufacture, sales and distribution of the company's dental consumable products which include preventive, restorative, endodontic, and dental laboratory products. The company's Technologies and Equipment segment includes responsibility for the design, manufacture, sales and distribution of the company's dental technology and equipment products and healthcare consumable products, including dental implants, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing systems, orthodontic clear aligner products, imaging systems, treatment centers, instruments, and consumable medical device products.

Dine Brands Global

Dine Brands Global owns, franchises and operates the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar? (Applebee's) concept in the bar and grill segment within the casual dining category of the restaurant industry and owns and franchises the International House of Pancakes? (IHOP) concept in the family dining category of the restaurant industry. Applebee's menu features a selection of grill and bar fare, such as appetizers, bar snacks, burgers, pasta entrees and lighter fare, as well as cocktails, beers and desserts. IHOP restaurants feature table service, and food and beverage offerings in a family atmosphere. The restaurants are known for pancakes.

Dish Network

DISH Network is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company operates two business segments: Pay-TV and Wireless. The company provides pay-TV services under: the DISH? brand, which consists of, among other things, Federal Communications Commission licenses authorizing the company to use direct broadcast satellite and Fixed Satellite Service spectrum, the company's owned and leased satellites, and certain other assets utilized in the company's operations; and the Sling? brand, which consists of, among other things, live-linear streaming over-the-top Internet-based domestic, international and Latino video programming services. In addition, the company invests to acquire certain wireless spectrum licenses and related assets.

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree is an operator of discount variety stores. The company's stores operate under the names of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. The company's segments are: Dollar Tree, which is the operator of discount variety stores providing merchandise at the fixed price point of $1.00; and Family Dollar, which operates general merchandise discount retail stores. The merchandise mix in the company's Dollar Tree stores consists of consumable merchandise, variety merchandise, and seasonal goods. The merchandise mix in the company's Family Dollar stores consists of consumable merchandise, home products, apparel and accessories merchandise, and seasonal and electronics merchandise.

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 a development pipeline.

Flowers Foods Inc.

Flowers Foods produces a range of breads, buns, rolls, snack cakes, and tortillas and is a producer and marketer of packaged bakery foods in the United States. The company also sells returned and surplus product through a system of thrift stores. The company supplies national and regional restaurants, institutions and foodservice distributors, and retail in-store bakeries with breads and rolls; sells packaged bakery products to wholesale distributors for sale to a variety of food outlets; and sells packaged snack cakes primarily to customers who distribute them nationwide through various channels of distribution, including merchandisers, supermarkets, vending outlets and convenience stores.

Global Payments Inc.

Global Payments is a pure play payment technology company providing payments and software solutions to merchants and financial institutions. The company has three segments: Merchant Solutions, which includes authorization services, chargeback resolution, and payment security services; Issuer Solutions, which provides solutions that enable financial institutions and other financial service providers to manage their card portfolios and reduces technical difficulty and overhead on a single platform; and Business and Consumer Solutions, which provides general purpose reloadable prepaid debit and payroll cards, demand deposit accounts and other financial service solutions through its Netspend? brand.


HCP is a real estate investment trust which invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry. The company acquires, develops, leases, and manages and disposes of healthcare real estate. The company's segments are: senior housing triple-net and senior housing operating portfolio, which include independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, and continuing care retirement communities; life science, which contains laboratory and office space for biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, scientific research institutions, government agencies and other organizations; and medical office, which contains physicians' offices and examination rooms.

Healthcare Realty Trust Inc.

Healthcare Realty Trust is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust that owns, leases, manages, acquires, finances, develops and redevelops real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services. The company has gross investments in real estate properties, construction in progress, a redevelopment in Memphis, TN, land held for development and corporate property. The company provides property management services for healthcare-related properties nationwide.

Jack in the Box Inc.

Jack in the Box operates and franchises Jack in the Box? quick-service restaurants (QSRs). Jack in the Box restaurants provide a selection of products including burgers like its Jumbo Jack? and product lines such as Buttery Jack? burgers. The company also provides breakfast sandwiches with cracked eggs, tacos and curly fries, along with sandwiches, salads and real ice cream shakes, among other items. The company allows its guests to customize their meals and order any product, including breakfast items any time of the day (or night). The company operates and franchises Jack in the Box QSRs, primarily in the western and southern United States, including in Guam.

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.

Medicines Co.

Medicines is a biopharmaceutical company. The company is focused on inclisiran, the investigational RNA interference therapeutic, that inhibits production of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, a main protein that controls low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels. The company has the right to develop, manufacture and commercialize inclisiran under its collaboration agreement with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Medidata Solutions Inc.

Medidata Solutions is a global life sciences technology provider to improve the way clinical research is designed, conducted, analyzed, and commercialized. The company's cloud-based platform of solutions, data analytics, and AI improves quality throughout clinical development programs. The company's Medidata Cloud provides a platform for demonstrating treatment efficacy and safety, supporting regulatory approval, improving outcomes for patients, providers, and payers. It has data capture, management, and reporting family of solutions. The company's services offerings include implementation services, sponsor enablement, strategic consulting, partner support, e-learning and training, and ongoing support.

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.

Mid-America Apartment Communities is a multifamily-focused, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The company owns, operates, acquires and develops apartment communities located in the Southeast, Southwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The company maintains full or partial ownership of apartment communities and commercial properties across 16 states and the District of Columbia. The company's business is conducted principally through Mid-America Apartments, L.P., in which the company is the sole general partner.

Molina Healthcare Inc.

Molina Healthcare is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides managed healthcare services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs, and through the state insurance marketplaces. The company has two segments: Health Plans and Other. The company's health plans are operated by its respective wholly owned subsidiaries in those states, each of which is licensed as a health maintenance organization. The company's business includes: Medicaid, which provides health care and long-term care services and support to low-income Americans; and Medicare, which provides eligible persons age 65 and over and some disabled persons with a variety of hospital, medical insurance, and prescription drug benefits.

PS Business Parks

PS Business Parks is a self-advised and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns, operates, acquires and develops commercial properties, primarily multi-tenant industrial, flex and office space. Substantially all of the company's assets are held, and its business conducted, through PS Business Parks, L.P. The company owns and operates commercial space, comprising business parks, in California, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Maryland and Washington. The company owns flex space, representing industrial buildings that are configured with a combination of warehouse and office space and can be designed to fit a variety of uses.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

RenaissanceRe Holdings is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a global provider of reinsurance and insurance. The company's segments are: Property, which includes its catastrophe class of business, comprising excess of loss reinsurance and excess of loss retrocessional reinsurance to insure insurance and reinsurance companies against natural and man-made catastrophes, and its other property class of business, comprising proportional reinsurance, property per risk, property (re)insurance, binding facilities and regional United States multi-line reinsurance; and Casualty and Specialty, in which the company provides its casualty and specialty reinsurance products and excess of loss coverage.

RLI Corp.

RLI is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries collectively known as RLI Insurance Group, the company is engaged in underwriting selected property and casualty insurance. The company has three segments: casualty, which includes commercial excess and personal umbrella, general liability, commercial transportation, professional services, small commercial, executive products, and other casualty; property, which includes commercial property, specialty personal and other property coverages; and surety, which includes miscellaneous surety coverage, commercial surety bonds, and bonds for small to medium-sized contractors.

Royal Gold Inc.

Royal Gold acquires and manages precious metal streams, royalties and similar interests. The company acquires existing stream and royalty interests or finances projects that are in production or in the development stage in exchange for stream or royalty interests. A metal stream is a purchase agreement that provides, in exchange for an upfront deposit payment, the right to purchase all or a portion of one or more metals produced from a mine, at a price determined for the life of the transaction by the purchase agreement. Royalties are non-operating interests in mining projects that provide the right to a portion of revenue or metals produced from the project after deducting specified costs, if any.

SBA Communications

SBA Communications is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is an owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure, including tower structures, rooftops, and other structures that support antennas used for wireless communications. The company's operations are in the U.S. and its territories. In its site leasing business, the company leases antenna space to wireless service providers on towers that the company owns or operates and manages rooftop and tower sites for property owners under various contractual arrangements. In its site development business, the company assists wireless service providers in developing and maintaining their own wireless service networks.

Selective Insurance Group Inc.

Selective Insurance Group has four segments: Standard Commercial Lines, which is comprised of property and casualty insurance products and services provided in the standard marketplace to commercial enterprises; Standard Personal Lines, which is comprised of property and casualty insurance products and services provided to individuals acquiring coverage in the standard marketplace; Excess and Surplus Lines, which is comprised of insurance products and services provided to customers who are unable to obtain coverage in the standard marketplace; and Investments, which invests the premiums collected by the company's insurance operations and amounts generated through its capital management strategies.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a roadside burger stand serving an American menu of burgers, hot dogs, crispy chicken, frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, shakes, beer, wine and others. The company operates and licenses Shake Shack restaurants. The company's menu include: Burgers & Chicken, which includes the SmokeShack?, 'Shroom Burger? (Co.'s vegetarian burger), Shack Stack? and Hamburger, as well as Chick'n Shack?; Crinkle Cut Fries, which are made from Yukon potatoes; Hot Dogs, which includes beef hot dogs and chicken dogs; Frozen Custard, which is made from vanilla and chocolate recipes and milk; Beer, Wine and Beverages, which provides local craft beers; and Dogs Are Welcome Too, which provides dog biscuits.

SPDR Gold Trust

Top Image Systems Ltd.

Top Image Systemis engaged in the development and marketing of a variety of information recognition systems and technologies and automated document capture solutions for the efficient flow of information within and between organizations. Co.'s software minimizes the need for manual data entry by automatically capturing, reading, understanding, identifying, processing, classifying and routing the information contained in documents, increasing data capture accuracy and the rate of information processing. Co. derives its revenue from two sources: (i) license revenue and (ii) services revenue which include Software as a Services ("SaaS"), professional services, maintenance and technical support.

TTEC Holdings

TTEC Holdings is a customer experience technology and services company. The company has four segments including Customer Strategy Services, which provides services in customer experience strategy and operations, insights, system and operational process optimization, and culture development; Customer Technology Services, which includes system design consulting, customer experience technology product, implementation and integration consulting services, and management of clients' cloud and on-premise solutions; Customer Growth Services, which provides technology-enabled sales and marketing solutions; and Customer Management Services, which includes customer experience delivery solutions.

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Vonage Holdings

Vonage Holdings is a provider of cloud communications services for businesses and consumers. The company also provides a suite of residential communication solutions. For its Business customers, the company provides cloud-based Unified Communications as a Service solutions, comprised of integrated voice, text, video, data, collaboration, and mobile applications over its Session Initiation Protocol based Voice over Internet Protocol network. The company also provides Communications Platform as a Service solutions by embedding communications into apps, websites and business processes. For its Consumer customers, the company provides voice and messaging services and other features on a variety of devices.

Welltower Inc.

Welltower is a real estate investment trust. The company's segments are: Seniors Housing Operating, which includes seniors apartments, independent living and independent supportive living, continuing care retirement communities, Alzheimer's/dementia care, and care homes with or without nursing; Triple-net, which includes independent living and independent supportive living, continuing care retirement communities, Alzheimer's/dementia care and care homes with or without nursing, as well as long-term/post-acute care; and Outpatient Medical, which consists of outpatient medical buildings including physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic facilities, outpatient services and/or labs.

Yum! Brands Inc.

Yum! Brands franchises or operates a system of quick service restaurants through its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands. The company's operating segments consist of the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division and the Taco Bell Division. KFC restaurants provides fried and non-fried chicken products such as sandwiches, chicken strips, chicken-on-the-bone and other chicken products marketed under a variety of names. Pizza Hut is engaged in the sale of ready-to-eat pizza products. Pizza Hut operates in the delivery, carryout and casual dining segments. Taco Bell is engaged in Mexican-style food products, including various types of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, nachos and other related items.

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