Stock of the Week

Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF): January 8-12, 2018

January 8-12, 2018

Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF)

Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) is the largest producer of iron ore pellets, a key component of steel making, in the United States, operating four mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota. The company also operates an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia. Cleveland-Cliffs was founded during the year 1847.

Planet Fitness (PLNT): January 1-5, 2018

January 1-5, 2018

Planet Fitness (PLNT)

Planet Fitness (PLNT) is one of the larger and faster-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States, operating 1,500 fitness centers in all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic as of December 28, 2017. More than 95% of the company’s fitness centers are owned and operated by independent franchisees. The company differentiates itself from most fitness clubs by striving to appeal to a broad demographic and providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment that it refers to as the “Judgement Free Zone”. Planet Fitness’s membership fees are substantially lower than the industry average of $54 per month, at only $10 per month. The company was founded during 1992 and went public during August 2015.

Energous Corporation (WATT): December 26 – December 29

December 26 – December 29

Energous Corporation (WATT)

Energous Corporation (WATT) develops technology that enables wireless charging of electronic devices. The company’s WattUp Mid Field transmitter can wirelessly charge multiple electronic devices simultaneously, including smartphones, tablets and fitness trackers, from distances up to three feet without the need for users of such devices to remove them from their pocket, purse, travel bag or wrist. Energous was founded on October 30, 2012 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. The company went public on April 2, 2014.

Finisar Corporation (FNSR): December 18 – December 22

December 18 – December 22

Finisar Corporation (FNSR)

Finisar Corporation (FNSR) designs, develops and manufactures optical components and subsystems used in data communication and telecommunication applications. The company’s products provide the fundamental optical-electrical or optoelectronic interface for interconnecting electronic equipment used in local area networks (“LANs”), metro-area networks and storage-area networks, enabling high-speed data communications over those networks. Finisar sells its products to manufacturers of storage systems, networking equipment and telecommunication equipment, such as Brocade, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Dell EMC, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, and Juniper Networks, who, in turn, sell their systems to telecommunication service providers and cable TV operators.

Ford Motor Company (F): December 11 – December 15

December 11 – December 15

Ford Motor Company (F)

Ford Motor Company (F) is the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of automobiles, behind Toyota, Volkswagen Group, Hyundai/Kia and General Motors, selling approximately 6.4 million autos during the year ended December 31, 2016. On December 5, the company announced that it plans to introduce more than 50 new vehicles in China over the next eight years, including eight new SUVs and at least 15 electric vehicles. Additionally, the company stated that it’s continuing to work with China’s Baidu, Inc. on developing self-driving, autonomous vehicles. On December 6, the company was reportedly planning to sign a partnership with China’s Alibaba Group Holding that would enable it to sell its automobiles through Alibaba’s Tmall.

Vulcan Materials (VMC): December 4 – December 8

December 4 – December 8

Vulcan Materials (VMC)

Vulcan Materials (VMC) is the largest U.S. producer of construction aggregates (crushed stone, gravel, and sand), asphalt mixes and ready-mixed concrete, operating approximately 335 manufacturing facilities in 20 U.S. states, as well as in the Bahamas and Mexico. Its aggregates are used, primarily, to build and maintain roads, bridges, railways, airports and public utilities.  Those products are also used for residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects. The company was founded during the year 1909.

Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF): November 27 – December 1

November 27 – December 1

Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF)

Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) is the largest producer of iron ore pellets, a key component of steel making, in the United States, operating four mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota. The company also operates an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia. Cleveland-Cliffs was founded during the year 1847. (AMZN): November 20 – November 24

November 20 – November 24 (AMZN) (AMZN) is the world’s largest online retailer, offering a wide selection of household goods and services, including electronic devices, general merchandise products, groceries and media products. The company also manufactures and sells its own line of electronic devices, including the Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet, Fire TV, and Echo voice-controlled device. Additionally, the company offers an annual membership program, Amazon Prime, that includes unlimited free shipping on tens of millions of items and access to unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes. was founded during 1994 and went public during May 1997.

Wal-Mart (WMT): November 13 – November 17

November 13 – November 17

Wal-Mart (WMT)

Wal-Mart (WMT) is the world’s largest company in terms of annual revenues, operating approximately 5,300 stores in the United States and 6,100 stores in 27 other countries around the globe, as well as e-commerce Internet web sites in 11 countries. The retailer offers home improvement products, electronic devices, home entertainment systems, apparel, and pharmaceutical products, as well as pharmacy, optical, hearing aid, money order, wire transfer, check cashing, and bill payment services. It also operates automobile tire and battery centers. Wal-Mart was founded by Samuel Moore Walton and James Lawrence Walton on July 2, 1962 and is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. The company went public during February 1984.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX): November 6 – November 10

November 6 – November 10

Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products in the areas of dermatology, gastrointestinal disorders, eye health, neurology and branded generics. The company was founded on March 29, 1994 and is headquartered in Laval, Canada.

Insulet Corporation (PODD): October 31 – November 3

October 31 – November 03

Insulet Corporation (PODD)

Insulet Corporation (PODD) manufactures a disposable insulin infusion system for people with insulin-dependent diabetes called the OmniPod Insulin Management System. The entire system, which weighs only 1.2 ounces, adheres directly to a patient’s skin, making it more discrete than most insulin infusion systems and includes a handheld Personal Diabetes Manager device to wirelessly program the OmniPod with insulin delivery instructions. The system enables people with insulin-dependent diabetes to manage their diabetes with unprecedented freedom, comfort, convenience, and ease. Insulet was founded during July 2000 and went public during May 2007.

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD): October 23 – October 27

October 23 – October 27

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD)

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) operates the world’s largest fast-food restaurant, in terms of annual revenues, with approximately 14,000 locations in the United States and 22,000 in approximately 120 other countries around the world. The majority of the company’s restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees (85%), while McDonald’s owns and operates directly approximately 15% of its restaurants.

General Electric (GE): October 16 – October 20

October 16 – October 20

General Electric (GE)

General Electric (GE) is one of the world’s larger companies, in terms of annual revenues, ranking as the world’s 31st largest company for the year ended December 31, 2017. In addition to developing and manufacturing products for the generation, transmission, distribution, control and utilization of electricity (nuclear, gas and solar), the company manufactures aircraft engines, locomotives, oil and gas exploration and production equipment, water processing equipment, medical imaging products, and industrial automation equipment. The company was founded during the year 1892 by Thomas Edison and went public during 1896, becoming one of the original 12 companies listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It’s the only one of those original 12 companies that’s still included in the Dow.

Allergan plc (AGN): October 9 – October 13

October 9 – October 13

Allergan plc (AGN)

Allergan plc (AGN) is a global specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of brand-name pharmaceutical products. The company’s products include ophthalmology, neurosciences, medical aesthetics, dermatology, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, urology, and central nervous system products. Three of Allergan’s better-known products are Botox®, Restasis® and its CoolSculpting® fat reduction treatment. The company was founded during 1984 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

athenahealth (ATHN): October 2 – October 6

October 2 – October 6

athenahealth (ATHN)

athenahealth (ATHN) provides health care organizations with online software for cloud-based electronic health records, practice management, and patient communication services. The company’s software applications help health care providers streamline workflow, data, billing and collection tasks. Its offerings include revenue cycle management (athenaCollector), medical record automation (athenaClinicals), patient relations (athenaCommunicator) and referral systems (athenaCoordinator). The company was founded during August 1997 and went public during September 2007.

Fitbit (FIT): September 25 – September 29

September 25 – September 29

Fitbit (FIT)

Fitbit (FIT) develops and markets wearable devices that track data regarding peoples’ health. Those devices, which include watch-like wrist-bands and clippable devices, track users’ number of daily steps, stairways climbed, calories burned, sleep duration, heart-rate and GPS-based data, such as exercise routes, and displays data on those metrics. The company’s products are sold in approximately 45,000 retail stores throughout the United States, including Best Buy, Target, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Fitbit was founded during March 2007 and went public during June 2015.

Progress Software (PRGS): September 18 – September 22

September 18 – September 22

Progress Software (PRGS)

Progress Software (PRGS) develops platform-as-a-service (“PaaS”) software used for business process management, software application integration, data management and analysis, and application development and deployment. The company provides its products to approximately 140,000 organizations in 180 countries, including entities that operate in the financial services, health care, manufacturing, and information technology industries. Progress Software was founded during 1981 and went public during September 1991.

Western Digital (WDC): September 11 – September 15

September 11 – September 15

Western Digital (WDC)

Western Digital (WDC) is one of the world’s larger developers and manufacturers of computer hard-disk drives (“HDDs”) and solid-state drives (“SSDs”). The company also makes cloud computing data centers, and home entertainment products, such as TV set-top boxes and video game consoles. Western Digital has one of the technology industry’s more valuable patent portfolios with more than 14,000 patents awarded worldwide. The company was found during 1970 and went public during March, 1984. It’s headquartered in San Jose, California.

SiteOne Landscape Supply (SITE) September 4 – September 8

September 4 – September 8

SiteOne Landscape Supply (SITE)

SiteOne Landscape Supply (SITE) is the largest and only national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the United States, operating approximately 470 stores in 45 U.S. states and Canada. Its customers are primarily residential and commercial landscape professionals who specialize in the design and maintenance of lawns, gardens and golf courses. The company’s offerings include fertilizer products, turf protection products, irrigation supplies, landscape accessories, outdoor lighting, and golf course maintenance supplies. The company is headquartered in Roswell, Georgia. It went public during May 2016.

Shake Shack (SHAK): August 28 – September 1

August 28 – September 1

Shake Shack (SHAK)

Shake Shack (SHAK) is an operator of “roadside” restaurants that offer a classic American menu of freshly-made antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, shakes, frozen custard, beer and wine. The company operates approximately 80 restaurants in 18 U.S. states and 50 restaurants in other countries around the world, including Great Britain, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Turkey and the United Emirates. The company was founded by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, which owns and operates some of New York City’s more acclaimed and popular restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art, Maialino, North End Grill, Untitled, Marta and Daily Provisions. Shake Shack went public during January 2015.

Momo, Inc. (MOMO): August 21 – August 25

August 21 – August 25

Momo, Inc. (MOMO)

Momo (MOMO) operates a China-based, mobile social networking platform that enables users to establish and expand social relationships based on location and shared interests. The company was founded on November 23, 2011 and is headquartered in Beijing, China. Holdings (ALRM): August 14 – August 18

August 14 – August 18 Holdings (ALRM) Holdings (ALRM) provides wireless and web-enabled security system technology. The company offers security, video monitoring, and energy management applications. Its segment is a cloud-based platform for the connected home and related connected home applications. The company also develops commercial automation applications and energy-management products and services. was founded by Jean-Paul Martin and Alison J. Slavin during 2000. It’s headquartered in Tysons, VA.

YY Inc. (YY): August 7 – August 11

August 7 – August 11

YY Inc. (YY)

YY Inc. (YY) owns and operates a multimedia social networking platform where online users in China and abroad play games, watch and engage in shows and other entertainment, chat through IM, and conduct virtual meetings. Its core product, YY Client, is PC-based software that facilitates real-time access to group voice, video, text, and other social media communication services. The company also operates related websites and provides select services via a mobile application. YY Inc. went public during late 2012.

Yelp Inc. (YELP): July 31 – August 4

July 31 – August 4

Yelp Inc. (YELP)

Yelp Inc. (YELP) operates an online platform that offers user-generated reviews and information on local businesses and service providers through its website at, and via its mobile application. The company’s content targets young, urban people and covers restaurants, bars, salons, retailers, doctors, and museums. The company’s web site has a social media-friendly interface, whereby users can create and maintain profiles (complete with friend networks and photos) and comment on experiences with businesses. Yelp has established a foothold in cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Its services are also available in South America, Japan and Southeast Asia. The company was founded during 2004 by former PayPal engineers Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons. It went public during 2012.

Weibo Corporation (WB): July 24 – July 28

July 24 – July 28

Weibo Corporation (WB)

Weibo Corporation (WB), whose parent company is Sina Corporation (SINA), is China’s version of Facebook and Twitter combined into one service. The company operates the biggest social media platform for Chinese-language content, providing a forum for Chinese people to express themselves and interact on a global scale in real time through posts of up to 140 Chinese characters. Its users include celebrities and other public figures, media outlets, businesses, government agencies, and charities. The company’s service has approximately 140 million monthly active users in China and in Chinese communities in more than 190 countries worldwide. Weibo was founded during 2009 and is headquartered in Beijing, China. However, it’s incorporated in the Cayman Islands. The company went public during 2014.

The Trade Desk (TTD) – July 17 – July 21

July 17 – July 21

The Trade Desk (TTD)

The Trade Desk (TTD) operates a self-service cloud-based platform that enables advertising buyers to create, manage, and optimize data-driven digital advertising campaigns. The company’s platform enables clients to manage integrated advertising campaigns across various advertising formats, including display, video, audio, and social, as well as on various devices, such as personal and laptop computers, mobile devices, and connected television. The company serves advertising agencies and other service providers for advertisers. The Trade Desk was founded during 2009 and is headquartered in Ventura, California.

ServiceNow (NOW) – July 10 – 14

July 10 – 14

ServiceNow (NOW)

ServiceNow (NOW) offers cloud-based software and services that help organizations to automate and integrate various enterprise technologies. The company’s software helps to facilitate workflow automation, data consolidation and administration of business processes across operating systems, servers, networking equipment, personal computers and mobile electronic devices. ServiceNow’s primary customers operate in the financial services, IT services, and health care industries.

Qualys (QLYS): July 3 – July 7

July 3 – July 7

Qualys (QLYS)

Qualys (QLYS) is a leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance applications that enable organizations to identify security risks to their IT infrastructures, to protect their IT systems and applications from ever-evolving cyber attacks, and to achieve compliance with internal policies and external regulations. The company’s integrated suite of security and compliance applications, delivered on its QualysGuard Cloud Platform, enables its customers to identify their IT assets, collect and analyze large amounts of IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions and verify the implementation of such actions. The company provides its applications through a software-as-a-service model, primarily with renewable annual subscriptions. Those subscriptions require customers to pay a fee to access the company’s cloud-based applications. The company has approximately 8,800 customers in approximately 100 countries around the world, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100 companies.

At Home Group (HOME): June 26 – June 30

June 26 – June 30

At Home Group (HOME)

At Home Group (HOME) operates 123 home décor superstores, encompassing approximately 115,000 square feet per store, in 30 U.S. states, offering furniture, bar stools, bedding and bath products, beds and mattresses, kitchenware and home accessories. The company was founded during 1979 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Arista Networks (ANET): June 19 – June 23

June 19 – June 23

Arista Networks (ANET)

Arista Networks (ANET) designs high-speed network switches that enable large-scale Internet companies, cloud service providers, and data centers to run faster networks on modern IT infrastructure platforms. The company’s cloud networking products consist of the Extensible Operating System (“EOS”), a set of network applications and its 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet switches, which are manufactured by Jabil Circuit and Foxconn. EOS supports virtual networks, such as VMware NSX and Microsoft System Center. Arista Networks went public during mid-2014.


Gigamon (GIMO) – June 12 – June 16

June 12 – June 16

Gigamon (GIMO)

Gigamon (GIMO) designs software and hardware that steers information on computer / telecommunications networks, including video, voice and data, to the appropriate destination. The company’s products help IT managers of enterprises, data centers and service providers to monitor their networks and maintain network performance. The company maintains relationships with vendors of network management, analysis and security tools, including Check Point Software, Cisco Systems, Fortinet, FireEye, Imperva, Palo Alto Networks, Riverbed Technology, SolarWinds, VMware, Inc. and Viavi Solutions.

Floor and Decor Holdings (FND) – June 5 – June 9

June 5 – June 9

Floor and Decor Holdings (FND)

Floor & Décor Holdings (FND) is a specialty retailer of hard-surface flooring and related accessories, operating 71 warehouse-format stores in 17 U.S. states. The company offers the industry’s broadest in-stock assortment of tile, wood, laminate and natural stone flooring, as well as decorative and installation accessories at everyday low prices, positioning it as a one-stop destination for hard-surface flooring.

Control4 Corporation (CTRL) – May 29 – June 2

May 29 – June 2

Control4 Corporation (CTRL)

Control4 Corporation (CTRL) manufactures home automation systems that enable users to control music, video, lighting, temperature, and security systems with the touch of a button on a wall panel or mobile device. Homeowners can program the company’s systems to lock their doors, close their blinds and turn on a security alarm when they leave their home, and open their garage door and adjust the thermostat to a particular temperature when they return home. The company’s systems are sold by authorized dealers and distributors who design customized applications for homeowners.

Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI): May 22 – May 26

May 22 – May 26

Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI)

Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI) designs and makes fiber-optic networking components for communications equipment used by cable-TV providers, broadband network providers, and Internet data centers to enable faster network connections. Those components include laser chips, subassemblies, and modules using the company’s proprietary Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) fabrication process. The company’s customers include Arris Group, Aurora Networks, Cisco Systems, Harmonic, and Motorola. The company was founded during 1997 and became a publicly-traded company during 2013.

Malibu Boats (MBUU) – May 15 – May 19

May 15 – May 19

Malibu Boats (MBUU)

Malibu Boats (MBUU) designs and manufactures high-performance powerboats for water skiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, and general recreational boating. Its Malibu-branded boats are priced from $40,000 to $175,000, while its Axis-branded boats are priced from $45,000 to $95,000. The company’s boats are sold by approximately 110 independent dealers throughout North America and approximately 38 other countries. Malibu Boats was founded during November 2013 and went public during January 2014.

SolarEdge Technologies (SEDG) – May 8 – May 12

May 8 – May 12

SolarEdge Technologies (SEDG)

SolarEdge Technologies (SEDG) manufactures solar photovoltaic (“PV”) systems that maximize power generation and lower the cost of energy produced by those systems. The company’s products serve a wide variety of solar market segments, from residential solar installations to commercial and small utility-scale solar installations. SolarEdge’s products have been installed in solar PV systems in more than 70 countries around the world.

Veeva Systems (VEEV) – May 1 – May 5

May 1 – May 5

Veeva Systems (VEEV)

Veeva Systems (VEEV) designs cloud-based software and mobile applications used by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to manage critical business functions. The company’s software is used in 75 countries and available in more than 25 languages. Its Veeva Vault application provides content management and collaboration software for quality-management in clinical trials and regulatory compliance for new drug submissions. Its customer relationship management software uses Salesforce’s platform to manage sales and marketing functions. The company was found during and went public during 2013.

Kornit Digital, Ltd. (KRNT): April 24 – April 28

April 24 – April 28

Kornit Digital, Ltd. (KRNT)

Kornit Digital, Ltd. (KRNT) develops, manufactures and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel and textile industries. The company caters to the needs of designers and manufacturers to address the changing needs of the entire textile printing value chain, offering a complete line of direct-to-garment printing applications that range from commercial to mass production level. Kornit is headquartered in Israel and maintains offices in the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia. It has customers in more than 100 countries around the world.