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Validea Martin Zweig Strategy Daily Upgrade Report - 1/27/2022

The following are today's upgrades for Validea's Growth Investor model based on the published strategy of Martin Zweig. This strategy looks for growth stocks with persistent accelerating earnings and sales growth, reasonable valuations and low debt.

MARTEN TRANSPORT, LTD (MRTN) is a small-cap growth stock in the Trucking industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 77% to 85% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Marten Transport, Ltd. is a temperature-sensitive truckload carrier. The Company focuses on transporting and distributing food and other consumer-packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment. The Company operates through four segments: Truckload, Dedicated, Intermodal and Brokerage. It operates throughout the United States and in parts of Canada and Mexico. The Company's medium-to-long-haul traffic lanes are between the Midwest and the West Coast, Southwest, Southeast, and the East Coast, as well as from California to the Pacific Northwest. It provides regional truckload carrier services in the Southeast, West Coast, Midwest, South Central and Northeast regions. It also offers fuel surcharges, loading and unloading activities, equipment detention and other accessorial services. The Company's Truckload segment provides a combination of regional short-haul and medium-to-long-haul full-load transportation services.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

P/E RATIO:PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH:FAIL
SALES GROWTH RATE:PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS:PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO:PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER:PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS:PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS:PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE:FAIL
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE:PASS
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH:PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO:PASS
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS:PASS

Detailed Analysis of MARTEN TRANSPORT, LTD

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TRISTATE CAPITAL HOLDINGS INC (TSC) is a small-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 77% to 85% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: TriState Capital Holdings, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company's subsidiaries include TriState Capital Bank (the Bank), Chartwell Investment Partners, LLC (Chartwell), an investment adviser and Chartwell TSC Securities Corp (CTSC Securities), a broker-dealer. The Company operates through two segments: Bank and Investment Management. The Bank segment provides commercial banking products and services to middle-market businesses and private banking products and services to high-net-worth individuals through the Bank. The Investment Management segment provides investment management services primarily to institutional investors, mutual funds and individual investors through Chartwell and supports marketing efforts for Chartwell's investment products through CTSC Securities. It offers a range of products and services, including loan and deposit products, cash management services, capital market services, such as interest rate swaps and investment management products.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

P/E RATIO:PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH:PASS
SALES GROWTH RATE:PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS:PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO:PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER:PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS:PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS:PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE:PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE:FAIL
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH:FAIL
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS:PASS

Detailed Analysis of TRISTATE CAPITAL HOLDINGS INC

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LUTHER BURBANK CORP (LBC) is a small-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 77% to 85% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Luther Burbank Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company operates primarily through its subsidiary, Luther Burbank Savings (the Bank). It also owns Burbank Financial Inc., a real estate investment company, and Luther Burbank Statutory Trusts I and II, entities created to issue trust preferred securities. Its principal business is accepting deposits from the public and investing those funds in a range of loans, including permanent mortgage loans and construction loans secured by residential, multifamily and commercial real estate. It specializes in real estate secured lending in metropolitan areas along the West Coast and focuses on multifamily residential, jumbo nonconforming single family residential and commercial real estate lending. The Bank has approximately 10 full service branches in California located in Sonoma, Marin, Santa Clara, and Los Angeles Counties and one full service branch in Washington located in King County. It also operates loan production offices.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

P/E RATIO:PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH:PASS
SALES GROWTH RATE:PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS:PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO:PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER:PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS:PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS:PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE:PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE:FAIL
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH:FAIL
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS:PASS

Detailed Analysis of LUTHER BURBANK CORP

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META FINANCIAL GROUP INC. (CASH) is a small-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 77% to 85% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Meta Financial Group, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company operates through its banking subsidiary, MetaBank (the Bank). Its segments include Consumer, Commercial, and Corporate Services/Other. The Company provides solutions for bank and non-bank businesses, and provides a collaborative approach. The business of the Bank primarily consists of attracting deposits and investing those funds in its loan and lease portfolios, along with providing prepaid cards and other financial products and solutions to business and consumer customers. In addition to originating loans and leases, the Bank also occasionally contracts to sell loans, such as tax refund advance loans, consumer credit product loans, and government guaranteed loans, to third party buyers. The Bank also sells and purchases loan participations from time to time to and from other financial institutions, as well as mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other investments.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

P/E RATIO:PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH:FAIL
SALES GROWTH RATE:PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS:PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO:PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER:PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS:FAIL
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS:PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE:PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE:PASS
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH:PASS
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS:PASS

Detailed Analysis of META FINANCIAL GROUP INC.

Full Guru Analysis for CASH

Full Factor Report for CASH

More details on Validea's Martin Zweig strategy

About Martin Zweig: During the 15 years that it was monitored, Zweig's stock recommendation newsletter returned an average of 15.9 percent per year, during which time it was ranked number one based on risk-adjusted returns by Hulbert Financial Digest. Zweig has managed both mutual and hedge funds during his career, and he's put the fortune he's compiled to some interesting uses. He has owned what Forbes reported was the most expensive apartment in New York, a $70 million penthouse that sits atop Manhattan's Pierre Hotel, and he is a collector of all sorts of pop culture and historical memorabilia -- among his purchases are the gun used by Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry", a stock certificate signed by Commodore Vanderbilt, and even two old-fashioned gas pumps similar to those he'd seen at a nearby gas station while growing up in Cleveland, according to published reports.

About Validea: Validea is an investment research service that follows the published strategies of investment legends. Validea offers both stock analysis and model portfolios based on gurus who have outperformed the market over the long-term, including Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and Martin Zweig. For more information about Validea, click here

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