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2001 BW 50

The Best Performers
The Best Performers
When the recession punctured the bubble, many highfliers crashed. Nowhere is that clearer than in this year's BW50

THE BEST PERFORMERS
After Enron, a Whole New Yardstick
How we adjusted for this year's difficult conditions

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The Ranking
2001 saw a changing of the guard, in which the flashy growth outfits of the bubble years have given way to stalwarts of the old economy

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A With Johnson & Johnson's Ralph S. Larsen
The chairman and CEO tells how his company became No. 1 on this year's BW50 list and what's in the pipeline

BARKER.ONLINE
The Strong, Silent Type of Stocks
The best time to buy probably isn't when a company is making news -- good or bad. It's better to get in before the buzz

THE BEST PERFORMERS
Performance Rankings of the S&P 500 (.pdf)

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Industry Rankings of the S&P 500 (.pdf)

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S&P 500 Alphabetical List of Companies (.pdf)

EDITOR'S MEMO
Editor's Memo
The BusinessWeek 50 helps you make investment decisions by crunching nine criteria into a picture of dynamic performance

THE BOOK REVIEW
What Makes a Boffo Brand
Mess up one element--from slogan to rest room--and you're in trouble

ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE
High Turnover, High Risk
Talent is the most important thing a company has--and investors don't own it

EDITORIALS
A Back-to-Basics Year
This year's BusinessWeek 50 is a list of battle-hardened survivors that knew how to ride out a business cycle and position themselves for the recovery

STREET WISE
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Fear Not
The recent hysteria about worst-case scenarios ignores the solid business principles that support both institutions

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with Fannie Mae's Jamie Gorelick
The vice-chairman sees "a very, very strong 2002" and says Fannie and Freddie are "managed safely"

STREET WISE
Kohl's: Too Pricey for a Discounter?
This bargain retailer is booming. But the ground could be shifting, even slightly, making it a less-than-sure shot

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with Kohl's R. Lawrence Montgomery
The CEO talks about how the retailer has thrived despite the drubbing so many rivals have been taking

STREET WISE
Exelon: A Bright Light in Energy
A buying spree made it the top U.S. nuclear-power generator. After Enron, it's cutting debt and stressing the transmission biz

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with Exelon's John Rowe
The CEO says the nuclear-energy powerhouse is focusing on fundamentals: "This business starts with keeping the lights on"

STREET WISE
WellPoint: A Health Insurer Flexes Its Muscles
It's pushing unorthodox ways to cut costs -- including taking on drugmakers via the FDA -- and it's getting healthy results

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with AEP's E. Linn Draper Jr.
The chairman is quick to distance his energy-trading company from Enron: "We have been conservative"

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with HCA's Jack Bovender
The hospital operator's chairman and CEO explains how he healed the wounded outfit upon his return in 1997

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with Capital One's Fairbank and Morris
The CEO and president, respectively, tell how they kept the credit-card issuer growing during the downturn

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with H&R Block's Mark Ernst
The CEO is out to diversify the tax-preparation giant, but only if it complements the core business

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with Pfizer's Henry McKinnell
The CEO explains why he's confident of hitting his 15% earnings growth goal for each of the next three years

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Q&A with Wells Fargo's Richard Kovacevich
The CEO doesn't see an economic boom coming in 2002, but he does expect Wells to continue being a "steady Eddie"

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INTERACTIVE SCOREBOARD
The S&P 500
Use our BW50/S&P 500 Scoreboard to create your own ranking of the S&P 500 and BW50 companies. Choose from among 12 performance measures to find the best stocks for you

VIDEO VIEWS
What a Year!
In this roundtable discussion, three BW editors talk about the big winners -- and surprises -- in the new BW50

STOCK SCREENER
BW50/S&P 500 Interactive Stock Screener
Use BusinessWeek's exclusive growth criteria to help pick the best companies for your portfolio


VIDEO VIEWS
Behind the S&P 500
David Blitzer, S&P's chief strategist explains how this benchmark index is built -- and why it's so important

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