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It's a wired world, and that's just the way CommScope likes it. The maker of high-performance cable products scored last year by wiring up data, voice, and video networks for some serious corporate giants. Cable company Comcast and tech maven Sun Microsystems signed up for the company's high-bandwidth coaxial and fiber-optic products, some of which can carry cable TV, phone, and Internet service through one pipe. Buoyed by such deals -- plus the $263 million acquisition of Avaya's connectivity business -- profits at the Hickory, N.C. company returned to the black last year, after a $70.6 million loss the year before. But CommScope faces stiff competition from sturdy rivals such as Corning. The challenge now for Chief Executive Frank Drendel is to keep those big-ticket clients rolling in.
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All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.
* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.
Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek
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