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2001 BW 50

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
A More Precise Yardstick

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

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

STREET WISE
Online Extra: UPS: Can It Keep Delivering?
Big Brown's bold new ventures are paying off, but cracks in its domestic shipping business are starting to worry investors

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Sysco: Ready to Serve
The food distributor is showing some hearty results -- and a competitor's problems could add more clams to its chowder

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Q&A with Sysco's Richard Schnieders
The new CEO is a longtime company vet who sees a key challenge: "We have to make sure we don't become arrogant or comfortable"

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Harley: A Good Time for a Ride?
The storied American motorcycle maker still faces solid demand, and its stock's recent slide may be a buying opportunity

STREET WISE
Online Extra: UnitedHealth: Vigor in Health Services
The insurance giant is reaped fat profits from diversifying its product mix away from just risk-based coverage

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Altria: Reading the Smoke Signals
The former Philip Morris Cos. is a cheap stock with a good record. But ongoing tobacco suits and severe price pressures could snuff any rally

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Mattel: A Terrific Toy Story
Robert Eckert has revived the toymaker, and he's not stopping. A corporate realignment is in the works as is a new focus on direct sales

STREET WISE
Online Extra: Wrigley: Solid Growth, by Gum
The confectioner has many old-time business virtues and a growing market. Its high price, though, may be too much to swallow

THE BEST PERFORMERS
Online Extra: Q&A with Wachovia's G. Kennedy Thompson
The CEO talks about the "complete mindset change" the bank has made toward the issue of customer service

THE BEST PERFORMERS
Online Extra: Q&A with AFLAC's Dan Amos
The U.S. life and healht insurer's CEO says: "We want to be the Wal-Mart of the insurance business in Japan"

THE BOOK REVIEW
Leveraging Your Assets

EDITORIALS
Winning the Old-Fashioned Way...

EDITORIALS
...And Meeting Higher Hurdles

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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

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


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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