Vermilion delivers timely, actionable research to professional investors.

Our unique technical and quantitative research methodology enables our team to deliver superior investment recommendations to our clients regardless of their investment style. Vermilion produces both U.S. and international, local currency, technical and quantitative research.


Vermilion offers a range of research solutions from predictive quantitative signals to classical technical research, all aimed at maximizing outperformance by highlighting areas of absolute and relative strength, weakness, and momentum across the world’s equity markets. Products are based on our proprietary relative strength ranking system and sector and group focus. Our historical price data is among the most robust in the industry and contains no survivorship bias which is critical for a true understanding of historical market trends.

About Us

Vermilion Research was founded in 2006 and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Vermilion’s research team has a combined 80 years of experience in the analysis and management of investment securities.

Vermilion's value

Vermilion’s objective is to deliver timely, actionable, and unique investment insights to professional investors through the application of our various technical indicators.

Our research strategists seek to highlight securities which we believe are at major inflection points, based on our various technical and quantitative indicators, and offer asymmetric risk/return profiles. Our unique research methodology, centered on relative strength, enables our strategists to deliver superior investment recommendations.

Our process begins by organizing the universe of actively traded stocks into discrete sectors, then into industry groups. We then apply our technical and quantitative tools to identify developing price trends. Once attractive trends are identified within a selected sector or group, we screen for individual stocks which we believe offer the best risk/reward profile. We provide a historical perspective that often reveals, through our long-term charts, how price patterns often repeat themselves over time.

Technical Analysis Explained

Technical analysis is the study of price and volume relationships as a means to gain insight into stock market and individual stock trends. The underlying premise of technical analysis is that investors’ perceptions toward a sector, group, or stock drive the supply and demand. A pattern of movement establishes a trend. Therefore, inflections or trend violations may occur and forecast changes in the direction of stock prices.

CFA Institute published report

In a study of more than 10,000 actively managed equity and balanced funds, including about one-third of which employ technical analysis, authors Smith, Faugère, and Wang compared the investment performance of funds that use technical analysis versus those that do not using five metrics. They found that funds using technical analysis provided a meaningful advantage to their investors. Click here to read the full report.

Meet the Team

Our team has been together for over 20 years and has received numerous honors and distinctions for its technical research publications and research-based recommendations.

Joseph W. Jasper, CFA

Joseph Jasper is the President of Vermilion Research and directs the day-to-day and strategic operations of the firm. Joe is a seasoned professional in the management, analysis and marketing of investment securities. He was previously a Managing Director and Director of Fixed Income Strategy and Marketing for a global investment bank. Joe spent the previous 20 years managing, structuring and selling fixed income and equity securities at several firms, including U.S. Bancorp Libra, Sit Investment Advisors and UBS PaineWebber.

Joe is a CFA charter holder, a member of the CFA Institute, the Twin Cities Society of Securities Analysts, and served as Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of St. Thomas and the Graduate School of Business from 1997-2003. Mr. Jasper received his B.S.B.A. from Drake University and his MBA from St. Thomas University. Joe currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of MicroNet, Inc. and has served as a director or advisor to numerous companies.

David P. Nicoski, CMT

David Nicoski is Vermilion’s Chief Investment Strategist and is responsible for managing the firm’s research products and investment recommendations. David Nicoski was previously a Principal and Senior Technical Analyst in the Technical Research department of a global investment bank and has more than 20 years of technical research experience. At his prior employer, David’s responsibilities included assisting in the production and marketing of the Firm’s technical research products.

Mr. Nicoski attended college at the University of Minnesota in the Applied Business Program and the Carlson School of Management. Mr. Nicoski holds a Chartered Market Technician designation.

Ross LaDuke, CMT

Ross LaDuke is a Global Technical Strategist for Vermilion and has oversight and responsibility for managing the firm’s international research products and technical strategy. Ross was previously employed by JNBA Financial Advisors where he was responsible for trading and rebalancing accounts, analyzing and reporting on current and potential individual equity and mutual fund holdings, and supporting the firm’s overall investment philosophy. His previous experience includes an internship at Split Rock Private Trading & Wealth Management. Ross is a member of the Market Technicians Association (MTA), and holder of the organization’s Chartered Market Technician (CMT®) designation.

Ross is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Labovitz School of Business and Economics. Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, as well as minors in financial planning and financial markets.

Eric A. Anderson

Eric joined Vermilion in 2012 and is primarily responsible for equity research sales. Eric has ten years of institutional capital markets experience, having worked previously for Citi Corp's equity middle markets sales desk. Prior to Citi, Eric was a vice president of asset management with First Trust Portfolios in Chicago.

Eric graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Financial Markets major. Eric currently sits on the UMD Financial Markets Investment Committee.

Sai Pravallika Gudapati

Sai joined Vermilion in 2019 as Director of Quantitative Systems, with responsibility over Vermilion’s custom software, quantitative data analytics management, and server infrastructure.

Her Previous experience includes working as an Associate Software Developer for Accenture where she was deployed with Sprint Networks.

Sai received a master's in Computer Science from Saint Cloud State University, and a BS degree in Computer Science from GITAM University, INDIA.

Andres Soto

Andres Soto is a research analyst and developer for Vermilion’s quantitative research products, responsible for statistical studies and augmenting the firm’s quantitative product line-up, including analyzing prospective and existing portfolio investments.

Prior to joining Vermilion, Andres was a research analyst at First Light Asset Management, where he supported the firm’s senior portfolio manager in the execution of the firm’s investment processes. Prior to First Light, Andres was the assistant director of new ventures at Columbia Technology Ventures. Mr. Soto graduated from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in financial mathematics from the University of Minnesota. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation.

Research Samples

Vermilion Domestic Research Samples

Vermilion's domestic research is based on a sample of approximately 6,000 active U.S.-traded stocks, commodities, and ETFs. Stocks are analyzed in the context of 12 sectors and 450 groups.

Vermilion Compass

Weekly Sector, Group & Market recommendations
Vermilion's Compass reports contain market observations and sector/group leadership commentary. A recent report provided sector commentary for Materials, Manufacturing, and Transport along with a review of supporting groups and constituent stocks.

Vermilion Vital Signs

Charts and comment on noteworthy domestic stocks

Vermilion's Vital Signs report ranks the most positive and negative domestic stocks, filtered by market-cap and trading volume, and then divided into sectors and groups. Vermilion reviews these charts for technical significance, calling attention to breakouts/breakdowns, sector/group themes, relative strength leadership changes, bottoms-up/top-down ideas, and important short-term patterns.

Vermilion ETF Pathfinder

Actionable ETF highlights & strategy

Vermilion's ETF Pathfinder delivers market themes along with actionable commentary. A recent report highlighted charts for ACWX, DFE, GDX, GLD, IWB, IWM, IYT, RHS, RYU, SPY, VGK, VOX, VWO, XLF, XLI, and XRT and focused on themes such as equities - domestic - broad indices; equities - domestic - specific sectors; equities - domestic - specific industries; equities - international; and bonds, commodities & currencies.

Vermilion International Research Samples

Vermilion's international research is based on a sample of approximately 5,000 active stocks traded around the world. Stocks are analyzed in the context of 12 sectors and 450 groups based on 30-year weekly adjusted price histories expressed in USD. In addition, international stocks are analyzed by sector and 7 regions (Asia/Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Latin America, and Middle East/Africa).

Vermilion International Compass

Weekly International Sector & market recommendations

Vermilion International Compass contains market observations and global sector/group leadership commentary. A recent report focused on Europe, Japan and Emerging Markets while providing actionable sector commentary and and a review of themes emerging in Autos, Chemicals, Macau Casinos, Banks and Manufacturing.

Emerging Markets Screen & Chartbook

Leading stocks

Vermilion's Emerging Market Screen & Chart Book helps pinpoint leading stocks, weeding out lagging and stagnating trends. Stocks are selected via a simple filter, with only stocks trading within 5% of a 52-week relative strength high making the cut.

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  • Vermilion Research, LLC
  • 920 2nd Avenue South, Ste. 1225
  • Minneapolis, MN 55402

Driving directions (from MSP Int'l Airport):

Take MN-5 ramp (left lane) toward ST. PAUL / MINNEAPOLIS Merge onto I-35 north toward Minneapolis Stay left into downtown taking the 5th Avenue exit Turn left onto 9th Street; then turn left again onto 2nd Avenue So. Vermilion is in the International/Oracle Building at 920 2nd Avenue South (between 9th and 10th Streets) Underground parking entrances will be on your right

Total Est. Time: 12 minutes