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
Performers


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


Schlumberger

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


FedEx

Taking off like "a rocket ship"



  INVESTING

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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