Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Outstanding Performance of the Marquette AIM Small Cap Fund Continues (as of 6/30/2018 the fund was in the top 1% of active small cap blend funds)

The Marquette University AIM Small Cap Fund Continues to Post Excellent Returns Versus the Benchmark and the Peer Group

The students in the AIM Class of 2019 are continuing the strong performance of the AIM Small Cap Fund posting a return of 10.95% for the second quarter of 2018 versus 7.75% for the Russell 2000 Index (benchmark). The median return of the 250 small cap mutual funds defined as small cap blend by Morningstar produced a Q2 return of 6.50%. The performance placed the fund in the top 4% of its peer group for the quarter.

For the past year (ending 6/30/2018) the AIM Small Cap Fund is in the top 1% of its peer group with a return of 26.04% versus 17.57% for the Russell 2000 - the peer group had a median return over the one-year period of 14.95%.

Marquette AIM Small Cap Fund
(Russell 2000 Benchmark)
Holdings as of 6/30/2018
by GICS Sector
Ticker   Port. Ending Quantity Held Port. Ending Market Value
  Total   1,888,417.34
  Health Care   385,477.40
AXGN AxoGen, Inc. 1,000.00 50,250.00
EXAS Exact Sciences Corporation 800.00 47,832.00
INGN Inogen, Inc. 230.00 42,855.90
HRTX Heron Therapeutics Inc 1,100.00 42,735.00
TCMD Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. 800.00 41,600.00
NTRA Natera, Inc. 2,100.00 39,522.00
EDIT Editas Medicine, Inc. 800.00 28,664.00
CRY CryoLife, Inc. 1,000.00 27,850.00
AMN AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. 420.00 24,612.00
EGRX Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 275.00 20,806.50
RDNT RadNet, Inc. 1,250.00 18,750.00
BOFI BofI Holding, Inc 1,300.00 53,183.00
TREE LendingTree, Inc. 200.00 42,760.00
ENV Envestnet, Inc. 750.00 41,212.50
WTFC Wintrust Financial Corporation 400.00 34,820.00
OZRK Bank of The Ozarks 650.00 29,276.00
HBNC Horizon Bancorp, Inc. 1,350.00 27,931.50
UVE Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. 600.00 21,060.00
COLB Columbia Banking System, Inc. 500.00 20,450.00
FCFS FirstCash, Inc. 225.00 20,216.25
HASI Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. 1,000.00 19,750.00
NXRT NexPoint Residential Trust Inc 650.00 18,492.50
GDOT Green Dot Corporation Class A 250.00 18,347.50
NCBS Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. 200.00 11,022.00
Information Technology
NEWR New Relic, Inc. 550.00 55,324.50
STMP Inc. 180.00 45,549.00
BL BlackLine, Inc. 950.00 41,258.50
CAMP CalAmp Corp. 1,500.00 35,145.00
SNX SYNNEX Corporation 250.00 24,127.50
PAYC Paycom Software, Inc. 240.00 23,719.20
MEI Methode Electronics, Inc. 500.00 20,150.00
FICO Fair Isaac Corporation 100.00 19,332.00
NOVT Novanta Inc 300.00 18,690.00
ICHR Ichor Holdings, Ltd. 600.00 12,732.00
VSM Versum Materials, Inc. 300.00 11,145.00
VRNT Verint Systems Inc. 250.00 11,087.50
AXE Anixter International Inc. 175.00 11,077.50
Consumer Discretionary
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Class A 600.00 43,692.00
MBUU Malibu Boats Inc Class A 800.00 33,552.00
PLNT Planet Fitness, Inc. Class A 750.00 32,955.00
OLLI Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc 400.00 29,000.00
JOUT Johnson Outdoors Inc. Class A 300.00 25,359.00
IRBT iRobot Corporation 280.00 21,215.60
BOOT Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. 1,000.00 20,750.00
SGC Superior Group of Companies, Inc. 1,000.00 20,710.00
OXM Oxford Industries, Inc. 190.00 15,766.20
CSV Carriage Services Inc. 470.00 11,538.50
CBRL Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. 70.00 10,934.70

Industrials   237,736.96
FIX Comfort Systems USA, Inc. 780.00 35,724.00
SSTI ShotSpotter, Inc. 800.00 30,344.00
KMT Kennametal Inc. 700.00 25,130.00
FELE Franklin Electric Co., Inc. 500.00 22,550.00
BECN Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. 500.00 21,310.00
SXI Standex International Corporation 200.00 20,440.00
KMG KMG Chemicals, Inc. 250.00 18,445.00
ASTE Astec Industries, Inc. 300.00 17,940.00
HCKT Hackett Group, Inc. 800.00 12,856.00
AIN Albany International Corp. Class A 180.00 10,827.00
PATK Patrick Industries, Inc. 180.00 10,233.00
NNBR NN, Inc. 450.00 8,505.00
ATROB Astronics Corporation Class B 96.00 3,432.96
LNDC Landec Corporation 1,200.00 17,880.00
SXT Sensient Technologies Corporation 220.00 15,741.00
TROX Tronox Ltd. Class A 700.00 13,776.00
IPHS Innophos Holdings, Inc. 280.00 13,328.00

Real Estate   52,580.50
ADC Agree Realty Corporation 650.00 34,300.50
ARI Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. 1,000.00 18,280.00
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF 320.00 52,406.40

Consumer Staples   42,570.00
JBSS John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. 300.00 22,335.00
CENTA Central Garden & Pet Company Class A 500.00 20,235.00

Telecommunication Services   38,817.00
GTT GTT Communications, Inc. 600.00 27,000.00
SHEN Shenandoah Telecommunications Company 200.00 6,540.00
ATNI ATN International, Inc. 100.00 5,277.00
SOI Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. Class A 1,000.00 14,290.00
SLCA U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. 350.00 8,991.50
REI Ring Energy, Inc. 500.00 6,310.00
CPE Callon Petroleum Company 500.00 5,370.00
CWT California Water Service Group 350.00 13,632.50
MDU MDU Resources Group, Inc. 400.00 11,472.00

Saturday, June 9, 2018

I waited, but I believe Justify wins the Triple Crown today!

Here’s my prediction #1 JUSTIFY will remain unbeaten at Belmont and win the Triple Crown. It won’t be easy, but he’s a gamer…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Justify Will Win the 143rd Preakness on Saturday!

  143rd Preakness Predictions

The 143rd running of the Preakness will be held on Saturday with a much smaller field than the Kentucky Derby. As a reminder, I correctly picked Justify (#7) to win the Derby two weeks ago – making it five Derby winners in a row... and I believe Justify will easily win on Saturday.  While his 1-2 line is very rich, he will run near the front and eventually win the Preakness going away --- the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Best Horse: #7 (1:2) Justify.  With the best trainer in the business, Bob Baffert, and  top jockey, Mike Smith, aboard Justify – the handicappers have this right. This is a large and fast horse – Baffert called him the LeBron James of thoroughbreds – and he trained American Pharoah! The only issue is that Justify sustained a minor hoof injury running in the slop in Louisville, but this won’t stop him, but it might keep his time near 1:54. Justify dominates the field on Saturday!

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In the Money: #5 (3:1) Good Magic. Although Justify will be the next Triple Crown winner, Good Magic will keep him honest. He ran second in the Derby – and will likely place second again this week. With a solid trainer, Chad Brown, and Jose Ortiz in the irons, #5 will finish in the money. Nice post position should keep him near the front and by following Justify he will be near the front of the 1 3/16 mile Pimlico main course at the end of the race.

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Long-shot: #8 (20:1) Bravazo. Trained by the legendary, D. Wayne Lukas (a Wisconsin native), and ridden by Luis Saez, Bravazo is a true long-shot. His 20-1 odds should probably be even higher given his inconsistent past performances.  The sixth-place finish in the Derby was a surprise – and who knows, Lukas has won the Preakness six times! With a small field and running next to Justify, Bravazo could offer a nice payout in an exotic bet.

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Good luck!