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2002 BW 50
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This year's BW50 features the survivors of a brutal business climate -- resilient companies that boast durable profits created by innovation

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The Best Performers
The Best Performers
Forget growth strategies or novel accounting: Inventive new services make these companies indispensable

THE BEST PERFORMERS
The Ranking
Stability--our top performers thrive in volatile times by doggedly pursuing growth and keeping a steady hand on debt

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

EDITOR'S MEMO
Editor's Memo
This year's list features companies that do well in good times and bad. Plus, we offer a wealth of analytical tools

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Forest Labs: Feeling No Pain
The drugmaker looks set to follow its antidepressant hit Celexa with an improved version. The big concern for investors: Its pricey stock

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Johnson & Johnson: A Leaky Pipeline
Investors will want to see a plan for new growth that takes JNJ beyond its coming drug-coated stent, Cypher, which should be a smash

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Progressive: Ahead of the Curve
Making it "all about the customer" has helped drive the car insurer to the No. 3 slot in its industry and No. 5 on the BW50

THE BEST PERFORMERS
Online Extra: Q&A with Pepsi's Steven Reinemund
"Any one consumer has different needs at different times," he says, and Pepsi aims to meet them all

ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE
The Corporate Power Myth
Who really has more clout, a giant carmaker or the person shopping for a car?

The Best Performers: More Stories,Videos and Data

S&P STOCK REPORT

Get today's free S&P Report, and come back for a new one every day

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

Charting the BW50

BW's Diane Brady with an overview of our picks for the best 50 companies from the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index


Inside the S&P 500

Mar. 24 - S&P's David Blizter with tips on how this benchmark index can work for you.

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



Investing for Growth
Yes, you can do better than the safe but slim returns of bonds. Try these leads for starters

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Cleaning Up the Numbers
As investors take a dim of view of earnings, regulators are turning on the spotlights

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Mid-Cap Stars
In a no-frills era, these standouts provide the basics--food, money, and health care

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Small-Cap Stars
Once again, they found opportunity in a fragile economy

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Gurus of Growth
Smart veterans offer sage advice for today's markets

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Thomas McManus: Bye-Bye Bearskin

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Online Extra: Q&A with Thomas McManus
The Banc of America stock strategist says: "The consensus is underestimating the potential" for a recovery in 2003

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Patricia McConnell: Accounting Maven

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Online Extra: Q&A with Patricia McConnell
The Bear Stearns analyst's accounting expertise suddenly makes her opinions well worth heeding

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Fred Hickey: Playing the Upticks in Tech

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Online Extra: Q&A with Fred Hickey
The tech-stock bear believes "we"re not there yet" -- pricey tech shares means Nasdaq has further to fall

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Elaine Garzarelli: It's All in the Timing

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Online Extra: Q&A with Elaine Garzarelli
The stock guru says the current "flattish market" could last for years, so "catch each rally and get out"

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Joan Payden: Bullish on Bonds

INVESTING FOR GROWTH
Online Extra: Q&A with Joan Payden
The Payden & Rygel bond whiz advises investors: "It's important to be very well diversified"

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Brown Shoe: Still Climbing
The venerable shoemaker has kept its momentum through the slump of the past three years. And management believes it has more room to move

Investing for Growth: More Stories,Videos and Data

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

INTERACTIVE SCOREBOARD
The S&P MidCap 400
Here are all the companies in the MidCap 400, ranked by one- and three-year performance

INTERACTIVE SCOREBOARD
The S&P SmallCap 600
Here are all the companies in the SmallCap 600, ranked by one- and three-year performance

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

FUND MANAGER AWARDS
The 10 Best Mutual Fund Managers
The tough stock market put the pros to the test, and these 10 took top honors in our new S&P/BW Excellence in Fund Management rankings

MUTUAL FUND SCOREBOARD
How's Your Fund Doing?
Use our Interactive Scoreboard to get BW's exclusive risk-adjusted ratings on 4,000+ funds



Tech Outlook
The Tech Outlook
Some bright shafts that pierce the gloom: health and biomedical companies and artificial intelligence

THE TECH OUTLOOK
Smart Tools
Companies in health care, finance, and retailing are using artificial-intelligence systems to filter huge amounts of data and identify suspicious transactions

THE TECH OUTLOOK
Keeping Business Safe
For corporate America, homeland security is often a do-it-yourself job--and the cost can slow it down

THE TECH OUTLOOK
eBay Rules
The online marketplace thrives in good times--and bad

STREET WISE
Online Extra: eBay: Are Investors Bidding Too High?
It has a dizzying p-e ratio and appears priced for perfection, a promise that the online auctioneer may not be able to fulfill

THE TECH OUTLOOK
Online Extra: Q&A with eBay's Meg Whitman
The head of the online auctioneer explains how it keeps growing by paying special attention to users' needs

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Dell: As Steady as It Gets in Tech
It has been consistently strong through the downturn. Will its diversification efforts help it break out of a narrow trading range?

The Tech Outlook: More Stories,Videos and Data

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

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

SPECIAL REPORT
Tech Goes East
Western spending is stuck, so U.S. giants are seeking growth in China, Russia, India...
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