Asian Paints, Ltd. (APNT) – Brief Report

Asian Paints Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, sells, and distributes paints and coatings for decorative and industrial use in India and internationally. It operates in Paints and Home Improvement segments. The company offers its products through a network of deal and retail stores, as well as operates asianpaints.com/online-shop, an online shop, which sells color tools, wall stickers, and DIY kits for decor enthusiasts. Asian Paints Limited was founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India.

Croda International, Plc. (CRDA LN) – Brief Report

Croda is a British speciality chemicals company with 60% of sales generated outside Europe. The company has four segments: personal care, life sciences, performance technologies, and industrial chemicals. Personal care produces speciality and active ingredients for cosmetics and skin/hair care. The life sciences business manufactures products for healthcare and agrochemicals. Performance technologies produces additives for industrial products. Industrial chemicals largely sells byproducts from the other business lines.

Check Point Software (CHKP) – Brief Report

Check Point Software Technologies is a pure-play cybersecurity vendor. The company offers solutions for network, endpoint, cloud, and mobile security in addition to security management. Check Point, a software specialist, sells to enterprises, businesses, and consumers. At the end of 2017, 47% of its revenue was from the Americas, 36% from Europe, and 17% from Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. The Tel Aviv, Israel based firm was founded in 1993 and has about 5,000 employees.

Exponent (EXPO) – Brief Report

Exponent Inc is a United States- based company that provides engineering and scientific consulting services on a project-by-project basis. The company's consultant team is composed of scientists, physicians, engineers, as well as business and regulatory consultants. The company currently operates through two segments. The engineering and other scientific segments, which accounts for the majority of revenue, provides servicing encompassing biomechanics, biomedical engineering, buildings and structures, civil engineering, construction consulting, etc. The environmental and health segment covers chemical regulation and food safety, ecological and biological sciences, environmental and earth sciences, etc. The company generates almost all its revenue from America.

Paychex, Inc. (PAYX) – Brief Report

Paychex Inc competes in the payroll outsourcing industry. It is the second-largest player in terms of revenue and focuses on providing this service to small and midsize businesses. Paychex was created from the consolidation of 17 payroll processors in 1979 and services about 650,000 clients. The firm has almost 13,000 employees and is based in Rochester, New York.

VeriSign, Inc. (VRSN) – Brief Report

VeriSign is the sole authorized registry for several generic top-level domains, including the widely utilized .com and .net top-level domains. Additionally, the company operates two of the world's 13 root servers that are used to route Internet traffic. In 2018, the firm sold off its security services business, signaling a renewed focus on the core registry business. VeriSign generates about 60% of its sales from the United States.

Fastenal (FAST) – Brief Report

Fastenal opened its first fastener store in 1967 in Winona, Minnesota. Since then, Fastenal has greatly expanded its footprint as well as its products and services. Today, Fastenal serves its 400,000 active customers through approximately 2,200 stores, 950 on-site locations, and 14 distribution centers. Since 1993, the company has added other product categories, but fasteners remain its largest category at about 35% of sales. Fastenal also offers customers supply-chain solutions, such as vending and vendor-managed inventory.

Mettler-Toledo (MTD) – Brief Report

Mettler-Toledo supplies weighing and precision instruments to customers in the life sciences (50% of sales), industrial (42%), and food retail industries. Its products include laboratory and retail scales, pipettes, pH meters, thermal analysis equipment, titrators, metal detectors, and X-ray analyzers. Mettler leads the market for weighing instrumentation and controls more than 50% of the market for lab balances.

Booking Holdings, Inc. (BKNG) – Brief Report

Booking is the world’s largest online travel agency by revenue, offering booking services for hotel and vacation rooms, airline tickets, rental cars, restaurant reservations, cruises, experiences, and other vacation packages. The company operates a number of branded travel booking sites, including Priceline.com, Booking.com, Agoda, OpenTable, and Rentalcars.com, and has expanded into travel media with the acquisitions of Kayak and Momondo. Transaction fees for online bookings account for the bulk of revenue and profits.