The Information Technology 100
This behind-the-scenes company has become essential to many chip makers, and it's easy to see why: With the world seeing all things digital, more and more chips are going into everything from automobiles to phones to music players. KLA-Tencor sells software, equipment, and services that guide chip production from beginning to end. Its products allow manufacturers to reduce the number of defects that occur during the process and yield more chips from those ever-expensive wafers. The San Jose-based company has beaten Wall Street's profit expectations a number of times, which has helped keep the company's stock near its 52-week high of $52.
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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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