Emerging markets still deserve attention
We believe corporate revenue and earnings growth is likely to continue in most key emerging market sectors in 2018 and provide ongoing investment potential.
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Top 10 holdings (%) as of 12/31/2017: Aerie Pharmaceuticals 5.3, 8x8, Inc. 4.4, MYR Group, Inc. 4.0, Mimecast Ltd. 4.0, AxoGen, Inc. 3.8, GTT Communications, Inc. 3.4, Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. 3.0, Kornit Digital Ltd. 3.0, Community Healthcare Trust, Inc. 3.0 and Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. 2.8.
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