The BusinessWeek 50

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The BusinessWeek 50

BW's Michael Mandel and Peter Coy talk about the BusinessWeek 50, which represents our choice of the "best in class" from the 10 sectors of the Standard & Poor's index of 500 stocks

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The BusinessWeek 50

As our 13th annual ranking of the BW 50 shows, innovation is still alive and well—vital, even—among America's largest companies

Table: BW 50 Scorecard

Sift through our interactive ranking to see how the best performing companies stack up on any number of financial measures

An Up-Close Look at the 2009 BW 50

Our list is chock-full of companies that changed the rules of engagement in their industries

Podcast: Inside the BW 50

BusinessWeek chief economist Michael Mandel and senior writer Dean Foust discuss the BW 50

How We Picked the BW 50 Companies

The methodology for selecting the BW 50 focuses on two financial measures—return on capital and growth

Gilead Sciences: High-Performing Pharmaceutical

Gilead owes much of its success to making it easier for patients to comply with complex and uncomfortable drug regimens

Colgate's World-Beating Performance

Its global market share is at a record high as it prepares to crank up its innovation machine

Pain, But No Layoffs at Nucor

With their wages tied to productivity, the steelmaker's workers are hurting. But they're still on the job, as Nucor waits for a turnaround

The Secret of Occidental's Success

By making the right bets at the right time, and using technology to make them pay, Occidental has outperformed giants like ExxonMobil

How to Play the BW 50

To find the most promising stocks, we put our list through screens designed to find companies that Wall Street's savviest would buy

Intercontinental Exchange Takes Aim on Derivatives

Jeffrey Sprecher's ICE is the frontrunner in the battle to dominate the new frontier for exchanges: trading derivatives