The BusinessWeek 50

With world oil prices high, the energy sector’s strong showing in this year’s ranking of the BusinessWeek 50 comes as no surprise. But a host of companies—from Apple to Staples—have scored big by using technology, design, or clever marketing to build intense customer loyalty

The Best

Profiles of the BusinessWeek 50

Start here for in-depth information about this year's top performers. On each page you'll find a corporate snapshot, vital investing info, data about the CEO, and links to drill deeper in each category

The Best Performers 2006

With oil prices high, energy's strength comes as no surprise. But many other companies have scored by building intense customer loyalty

Graphic: The BusinessWeek 50

Chart: Evolution: The 50 Through The Years

Graphic: Earnings

Graphic: Total Returns

Graphic: Sales Growth

Graphic: Net Margin

Graphic: Long-Term Earnings Growth

Methodology: How We Measured the Top 50

  Strategies For Success

Apple Computer

iPods, sure. But don't go dissing Macs


Free-flowing technology

Online Extra: Serving an Aging Nation

UnitedHealth is betting on expanded coverage for the elderly and fast-growing niche businesses

Goldman Sachs

White-hot, and streaking ahead

Horton And Lennar

More than one way to build a home


Taking off like "a rocket ship"


Top Prospects

Graphic: Portfolio Picks From The BusinessWeek 50

Online Extra: Inside The Ranking (.pdf)

Online Extra: Interactive Scoreboard: The Top Performers of the S&P 500

Online Extra: Interactive Scoreboard: The Top Performers of the Mid-Cap 400

Online Extra: Interactive Scoreboard: The Top Performers of the Small-Cap 600

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