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    Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft

    Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft

    • Issue: DAIMLER AG-REGISTERED SHARES Common Stock
    Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) (Daimler Motors Corporation) was a German engine and later automobile manufacturer, in operation from 1890 until 1926. Founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, it was based first in Cannstatt (today Bad Cannstatt, a city district of Stuttgart). Daimler died in 1900, and their business moved in 1903 to Stuttgart-Untertürkheim after the original factory was destroyed by fire, and again to Berlin in 1922. Other factories were located in Marienfelde (near Berlin) and Sindelfingen (next to Stuttgart). The enterprise was begun to produce petrol engines but after the success of a small number of race cars built on contract by Wilhelm Maybach for Emil Jellinek, it began to produce the Mercedes model of 1902. After this automobile production expanded to become DMG's main product, and it built several models. Because of the post World War One German economic crisis, DMG merged in 1926 with Benz & Cie., becoming Daimler-Benz and adopting Mercedes-Benz as its automobile trademark. A further merger occurred in 1998 with Chrysler to become DaimlerChrysler. The name was finally changed to just Daimler AG in 2007 when Chrysler was sold. By 1882 both
    8.00
    7 votes
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    Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

    • Issue: CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Common Stock
    Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company based in Houston, Texas (United States). Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation produced 2.8 million barrels (445,000 m³) of oil and 71 billion cubic feet (2 km³) of natural gas in 2003. The company has operations in three areas in the continental US, the Texas Louisiana Gulf coast region, the east coast (onshore) and the west in the Rocky mountain states. The CEO of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is Dan O. Dinges. The profit goes primarily to the major share holders with the rest being used for research and development and acquisition of new oil fields. At the close of trading on June 20, 2008 the company was added to the S&P 500 stock index. The company has been cited for numerous violations in regard to spills of toxic hydro-fracking fluids in Northeastern Pennsylvania. To view Cabot Oil & Gas wells and violations visit FrackTrack Company homepage
    7.71
    7 votes
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    Humana

    Humana

    • Issue: HUMANA INC Common Stock
    Humana Inc. is an American managed health care company that markets and administers health insurance. With a customer base of over 11.1 million in the United States, the company is the largest (by revenues) Fortune 100 company headquartered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and has a market cap of over US $13 billion, $36.5 billion in revenue, and over 40,000 employees worldwide. Humana markets its health insurance services in all 50 U.S. states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and has international business interests in Western Europe and Asia. The company was founded by David A. Jones, Sr. and Wendell Cherry as a nursing home company in 1961. Then known as Extendicare, the company became the largest nursing home company in the United States. Extendicare later divested the nursing home chain and moved into purchasing hospitals in 1972, becoming the world's largest hospital company in the 1980s. The corporate name was changed to Humana Inc. in 1974. Humana experienced tremendous growth in the years that followed, both organically and through the takeover of American Medicorp Inc. in 1978, which doubled the company's size. During the mid-1970s, the company used a fast-track construction
    6.75
    8 votes
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    Office Depot

    Office Depot

    • Issue: OFFICE DEPOT INC Common Stock
    Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) is a supplier of office products such as business machines, computers, computer software and office furniture, while its business services include copying, printing, document reproduction, shipping, and computer setup and repair. An S&P 500 company, Office Depot generates revenues of over US $14 billion annually and has 42,000 employees worldwide. It is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. Office Depot was founded in March 1986 by the late F. Patrick Sher, the former chairman and chief executive officer, Dougherty, president, and Jack Kopkin, executive vice president. All were formerly associated with Home-owner's Warehouse, the home improvement company that Sher sold to Service Merchandise in 1983 and renamed Mr. HOW Warehouse. The catalog showroom chain eventually sold off the Mr. HOW units to a variety of buyers, including Builders Square, the home center warehouse subsidiary of Kmart Corp. They envisioned a warehouse-style store for office products where customers could purchase items in bulk for discounted prices. This concept led to starting Office Depot, and the company opened its first store at Lakes Mall in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida in October
    8.17
    6 votes
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    Air Methods Corporation

    Air Methods Corporation

    • Issue: AIR METHODS CORP Common Stock
    Air Methods, Corp. is the largest publicly owned emergency medical services helicopter operator in the United States, with a fleet of over 300 medical transport helicopters that average 85,000 transports and 100,000 flight hours per year as of December 2006. Air Methods’ company headquarters are at Centennial Airport in Dove Valley, an unincorporated area of Arapahoe County, Colorado. Air Methods provides air medical emergency transport services under two separate operating models: the Community-Based Model (CBM) and the Hospital-Based Model (HBM). Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC (RMH), Mercy Air Service, Inc. (Mercy Air), and LifeNet, Inc. (LifeNet) operate as wholly owned subsidiaries of Air Methods. Air Methods purchased CJ Systems Aviation Group, a leading provider of aeromedical transport, in October 2007. In July 2011 Air Methods (Air Methods International, Ltd.) entered in a joint venture agreement with Basari Holding, AS and Anka Aerospace & Defense, LLC to form Helistar, AS. The joint venture company is headquartered in Ankara, Turkey. Air Methods provides services through two basic programs; Community-Based Model (CBM) and Hospital-Based Model (HBM) operations. Under both
    7.33
    6 votes
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    BroadVision Inc.

    BroadVision Inc.

    • Issue: BROADVISION INC Common Stock
    BroadVision NASDAQ: BVSN is an international software vendor of self service web applications for enterprise social software, electronic commerce, Enterprise Portals, CRM. The company is headquartered in Redwood City, California, United States. It was founded in 1993 by Pehong Chen. The company's initial public offering was in 1996. The company's latest solution is called Clearvale, BroadVision's Enterprise social networking platform available under a SaaS model. BroadVision was a pioneer in eCommerce in the 1990s, and its stock was a high flyer during the dot-com bubble, reaching a split-adjusted high of over $20,000 per share in March 2000. After the bubble bust, Broadvision struggled, and its stock was delisted from the Nasdaq for a period. One of BroadVision's most famous clients during the dot com bubble was pets.com. Current customers include Asda, Circuit City, City of Chicago, Club Med, Gwinnett County, ING Group, Long's Drugs, Pillsbury Winthrop, Rand McNally, RS Components, State of California, Indian Railways, Highmark Insurance, and Medco Health Solutions.
    7.33
    6 votes
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    Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Cisco Systems, Inc.

    • Issue: CISCO SYSTEMS INC Common Stock
    Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Jose, California, United States, that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment. The stock was added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average on June 8, 2009, and is also included in the S&P 500 Index, the Russell 1000 Index, NASDAQ 100 Index and the Russell 1000 Growth Stock Index. Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner, a married couple who worked as computer operations staff members at Stanford University, later joined by Richard Troiano, founded Cisco Systems in 1984. Lerner briefly moved on to direct computer services at Schlumberger, but returned full-time to Cisco in 1987. The name "Cisco" was derived from the city name, San Francisco, which is why the company's engineers insisted on using the lower case "cisco" in the early days. For Cisco's first product, Bosack adapted multiple-protocol router software originally written some years before by William Yeager, another Stanford employee who later joined Sun Microsystems. The company's first CEO was Bill Graves, who held the position from 1987 to 1988. In 1988, John Morgridge was appointed CEO. On February 16, 1990, Cisco Systems went public
    7.33
    6 votes
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    Portec Rail Products, Inc.

    Portec Rail Products, Inc.

    • Issue: PORTEC RAIL PRODUCTS INC Common Stock
    Portec Rail Products, Inc. is an American company that supplies accessory parts to railways. The corporate headquarters are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Subsidiaries and branches of the company exist in Canada and in Europe. Reducing friction between the rails and the train wheels reduces the abrasion of both. An automated lubricator is commonly employed. Grease that is applied by the lubricators to the rails is transported by the wheels of rail cars to curves and bends in the tracks where it is deposited. Grease deposited at curves and bends by the wheels reduces friction between the wheels and the rails when railway cars pass through those curves and bends. When a train enters a curve in a railway, the wheel flanges rub against the outer rail of a curve, forcing the rail cars to change their direction of travel. Wheel flanges on each rail car contact the outer rail and keep the rail cars on the tracks, otherwise, a derailment would occur. The outer rail in a bend is affected by metal fatigue that results from physical stress created by the impinging rail cars as their direction of travel along the rail changes. Portec Rail Products, Inc.Portec Rail Products, Inc.Portec
    8.40
    5 votes
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    4Kids Entertainment

    4Kids Entertainment

    • Issue: 4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT INC Common Stock
    4Kids Entertainment (commonly known as 4Kids) is an American film and television production company known for English-dubbing Japanese anime and specializing in the acquisition, production and licensing of children's entertainment around the United States. The first anime that 4Kids dubbed was the first eight seasons of Pokémon that aired on Kids' WB! in the United States. The company is most well known for its range of television licenses, which has included the multi-billion dollar Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese anime franchises. They also ran two program blocks: Toonzai (formerly The CW4Kids) on The CW, and 4Kids TV on Fox, both aimed at children. The 4KidsTV block ended on December 27, 2008, with Toonzai/The CW4Kids ending on August 18, 2012 and being replaced by Vortexx. 4Kids Entertainment has its world headquarters on Sixth Avenue in New York City, its former subsidiary, 4Kids Productions, had its headquarters in a separate building in Manhattan. The New York Stock Exchange delisted 4Kids (NYSE: KDE) on June 1, 2010. On April 6, 2011, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following a lawsuit concerning the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. 4Kids Entertainment licenses a wide
    8.20
    5 votes
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    Schlumberger

    Schlumberger

    • Issue: SCHLUMBERGER LTD Common Stock
    Schlumberger Limited is the world's largest oilfield services company. Schlumberger employs over 115,000 people of more than 140 nationalities working in approximately 85 countries. Its principal offices are in Houston, Paris, and the Hague. Schlumberger was founded in 1926 by French brothers Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger as the Société de prospection électrique (French: Electric Prospecting Company). The company recorded the first-ever electrical resistivity well log in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, France in 1927. Today Schlumberger supplies the petroleum industry with services such as seismic acquisition and processing, formation evaluation, well testing and directional drilling, well cementing and stimulation, artificial lift, well completions and consulting, and software and information management. The company is also involved in the groundwater extraction and carbon capture and storage industries. The brothers had experience conducting geophysical surveys in countries such as Romania, Canada, Serbia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the United States. The new company sold electrical-measurement mapping services, and recorded the first-ever electrical
    7.00
    6 votes
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    Family Dollar

    Family Dollar

    • Issue: FAMILY DOLLAR STORES Common Stock
    Family Dollar (NYSE: FDO) is a regional chain of variety stores in the United States. It opened in 1959 and operates approximately 7,100 stores in 45 states and the District of Columbia. It is headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina. Family Dollar is not a true "dollar store" in the strict sense; while there are many items available for $1, there are other price points as well. However, approximately 90% of the products cost less than $10. With most locations set up like a typical supermarket, the chain deals in food items, clothing and assorted household products. Some, but not all, Family Dollar stores now accept credit cards, as well as debit cards and the cash benefit from EBT (food stamp) cards. Family Dollar was founded in 1959 by Leon Levine, a 21-year-old entrepreneur. In November of that year, the company's first store was opened, in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1961, their first store in South Carolina opened, followed by stores in Georgia and Virginia, which were opened in 1962 and 1965, respectively. During the 1960s, the store company was largely a southern United States operation. By 1969, there were fifty stores in Charlotte alone. The 1970s were growing years for
    8.00
    5 votes
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    Ryder

    Ryder

    • Issue: RYDER SYSTEM INC Common Stock
    Ryder System, Inc., or Ryder, is an American-based provider of transportation and supply chain management products, and is especially known for its fleet of rental trucks. Ryder specializes in fleet management, supply chain management and dedicated contracted carriage. Ryder operates in North America, the United Kingdom and Asia. It has its headquarters in suburban Miami, Florida within Miami-Dade County. Ryder was founded in Miami, Florida in 1933 by James Ryder as a concrete hauling company with one truck, a 1931 Model "A" Ford. Within a few years, the business expanded to leasing trucks to other companies. This led to Ryder changing its focus from distribution to leasing. By 1939, Ryder's truck fleet had increased to 50. Ryder bought Great Southern Trucking Company in 1952. In 1955 Ryder System, Inc. was formed to combine Great Southern and Ryder Truck Rental. Ryder System went public in 1955. By the 1960s and 1970s, Ryder had expanded into the distribution and supply chain markets. In 2008, Ryder acquired three regional competitors: Pollock, Lily Transportation and Gator Leasing. James A. Ryder, founder and chairman, retired in 1978. Ryder divides its business into three
    8.00
    5 votes
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    Shutterfly

    Shutterfly

    • Issue: SHUTTERFLY INC Common Stock
    Shutterfly (NASDAQ: SFLY) is an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service. Shutterfly's flagship product is its photo book line. It is based in Redwood City, California. Shutterfly attempts to differentiate itself from other online photo services such as Flickr by allowing unlimited images at no cost. Shutterfly also claims that "they never delete a photo," although they have in the past deleted photos of customers obtained via acquisition, as with PhotoWorks.com. The service also keeps uploaded photos at their full resolution, rather than scaling down images or otherwise affecting the originals. But currently after uploading the full sized photo, there is no option to download it by any means; only downscaled photos are accessible even for the member. The only way to get the full resolution photos is to order on a CD. Like other socially based online services, Shutterfly members can also visit a community section of the website to see others' works and gain ideas and inspiration for new projects. Shutterfly’s flagship product is its Photo Book line which allows users to create custom photo books. Features include cover options, designs and templates. Popular
    6.83
    6 votes
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    VeriFone

    VeriFone

    • Issue: VERIFONE HOLDINGS INC Common Stock
    VeriFone is a company that makes point-of-sale equipment. It was founded and incorporated in Hawaii in 1981, and named itself after its first product, the name standing for Verification telephone. Hewlett-Packard acquired VeriFone in a $1.18bn stock-swap deal in April 1997. Four years later VeriFone was sold to Gores Technology Group in May 2001. VeriFone is based in San Jose, California and has offices in the United States, UK, Philippines, India and Singapore. It has R&D centers in the US, Ireland and India. The President and CEO is Douglas G. Bergeron. VeriFone, Inc. is an international producer and designer of electronic payment solutions. Its principal product lines have included point of sale, merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for multiple industries, notably financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare markets. VeriFone has sold numerous point-of-sale credit card reading products, including the ZON Jr (1984), Tranz 330 and ZON Jr XL(1987), Omni 460 (1991) and Omni 3200 (1999) which were the most successful transaction terminals of their times. The company's most popular current products include the Omni 3700 Family,
    9.00
    4 votes
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    Wendy's International

    Wendy's International

    • Issue: WENDY'S/ARBY'S GROUP INC-A Common Stock
    Wendy's International, Inc. is the parent company of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. It also owns 70 percent of Cafe Express. The Tim Hortons chain was spun off by Wendy's into a separate company in September 2006. The Baja Fresh chain was sold in October 2006. On September 15, 2008, the purchase of Wendy's International Inc. by Triarc Inc. was approved by shareholders. On September 30, the merger was completed with a name change of Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc, a change of leadership for both Arby's and Wendy's and the stock symbol changed to WEN. Roland C. Smith is the new CEO and J. David Karam is the new President. The corporate headquarters is located in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.
    6.67
    6 votes
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    3M

    3M

    • Issue: 3M CO Common Stock
    The 3M Company, formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, is a United States multinational conglomerate corporation based in Maplewood, Minnesota, United States. With over 84,000 employees, they produce more than 55,000 products, including: adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental products, electronic materials, medical products, car care products (such as sun films, polish, wax, car shampoo, treatment for the exterior, interior and the under chassis rust protection), electronic circuits and optical films. 3M has operations in more than 60 countries – 29 international companies with manufacturing operations and 35 companies with laboratories. 3M India is the only public company other than the parent company. 3M products are available for purchase through distributors and retailers in more than 200 countries, and many 3M products are available online directly from the company. Five businessmen founded 3M in Two Harbors, Minnesota in 1902. Originally a mining venture, the goal was to mine corundum, but this failed because the mine's mineral holdings were anorthosite, which had no commercial value. Co-founder John Dwan solicited funds in
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Forest Laboratories, Inc.

    Forest Laboratories, Inc.

    • Issue: FOREST LABORATORIES INC Common Stock
    Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX) is a pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York City, US. The company's research and development spending has grown rapidly in recent years, and as of 2007, approached almost a billion US dollars a year, which put it on the list of the top 100 global corporations in R&D spending. Forest Laboratories is also known for licensing European pharmaceuticals for sale in the United States. The company also has offices in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Jersey City, Oakland, Dublin, Kent and Paris. On 13 May 2010, ABC news and Bloomberg business news reported the organization "dodges taxes" by moving its profits offshore with the currently legal practice known as transfer pricing. U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan has called transfer pricing "the corporate equivalent to secret offshore accounts of individual tax dodgers." In September 2010, Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a subsidiary of Forest Laboratories) agreed to pay more than US$313 million to resolve allegations of civil and criminal liability relating to felony obstruction of justice and the illegal distribution and promotion of pharmaceuticals, charges to which it plead
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Morgan Stanley

    Morgan Stanley

    • Issue: MORGAN STANLEY Common Stock
    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in the Morgan Stanley Building, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Morgan Stanley operates in 42 countries, and has more than 1300 offices and 60,000 employees. The company reports US$304 billion in assets under management or supervision. The corporation, formed by J.P. Morgan & Co. partners Henry S. Morgan (grandson of J.P. Morgan), Harold Stanley and others, came into existence on September 16, 1935, in response to the Glass-Steagall Act that required the splitting of commercial and investment banking businesses. In its first year the company operated with a 24% market share (US$1.1 billion) in public offerings and private placements. The main areas of business for the firm today are Global Wealth Management, Institutional Securities, and Investment Management. The company was founded in the midst of a management crisis starting in March 2005 that resulted in a loss of a number of the firm's staff and ultimately saw the firing of its then CEO Philip Purcell three months later. Morgan Stanley is an American multinational financial services corporation that, through its subsidiaries
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Atricure

    Atricure

    • Issue: ATRICURE INC Common Stock
    AtriCure has been recognized for its global leadership in fostering and implementing innovation of surgical devices. Headquartered near Cincinnati, Ohio, AtriCure has assembled experts in the medical device industry to form a highly effective team dedicated to serving patients, medical professionals, and investors.
    8.50
    4 votes
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    Lamar Advertising Company

    Lamar Advertising Company

    • Issue: LAMAR ADVERTISING CO-CL A Common Stock
    The Lamar Advertising Company (NASDAQ: LAMR), based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a provider of billboards, transit advertising, and highway logo signs. Founded in 1902, Lamar currently operates over 150 outdoor advertising companies in more than 40 states and Puerto Rico. Lamar has over 70 transit franchises across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico which maintain billboards, digital signs, and advertising on buses, bus stops, and benches. Lamar is also the leading provider of highway signs in North America, with operations in 19 states and the province of Ontario, Canada. It has been the largest outdoor advertising company in the United States and Puerto Rico since 1999. Founded in 1902, the company became independent under its current name in 1908 in Pensacola, Florida, when Charles W. Lamar, Sr. and J.M. Coe decided to dissolve their three-year partnership using a coin toss to divide their assets, the Pensacola Opera House and the Pensacola Advertising Company that was created to promote it. Lamar lost the toss and was left with the less-lucrative poster company, which he renamed the Lamar Outdoor Advertising Company. Under the management of Lamar and his sons, the
    7.20
    5 votes
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    Genomic Health Inc.

    Genomic Health Inc.

    • Issue: GENOMIC HEALTH INC Common Stock
    Genomic Health, Inc., a life science company founded in August of 2000 and located in Redwood City, California, conducts sophisticated genomic research to develop clinically validated molecular diagnostics, which provide individualized information on the likelihood of disease recurrence and response to certain types of therapy. These diagnostic technologies generate information that healthcare providers and patients can use in making treatment decisions.
    8.25
    4 votes
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    Clear Channel Outdoor

    Clear Channel Outdoor

    • Issue: CLEAR CHANNEL OUTDOOR-CL A Common Stock
    Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO), is a company controlled by Clear Channel Communications and is one of the world's largest outdoor advertising corporations. The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and has operations in six of the seven continents. The company offers advertising on traditional and nontraditional advertising mediums. This includes billboard advertising, posters, street furniture, mall/retail advertising, airport advertising, mobile/transit advertising and spectacular advertising locations such as Times Square in New York City. They are also the oldest outdoor advertising company in the United States as their roots trace back to the three companies that merged into the current incarnation: Foster & Kleiser (1901-1986), Patrick Media Outdoor (1986-1995) and Eller Media Company (1959-1997). F&K changed their name to Patrick after Metromedia sold the company to General Electric, which in turn was acquired by Eller in 1995. It would change its name to Clear Channel Outdoor in 2001 after the company acquired it. Along the way the company acquired the following: Universal Outdoor (Naegele, Derse) Paxton Outdoor Ackerley Media Badger Outdoor ABC
    8.00
    4 votes
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    H&R Block

    H&R Block

    • Issue: H&R BLOCK INC Common Stock
    H&R Block is a tax preparation company in the United States, claiming more than 24.5 million tax returns prepared worldwide, with offices in Canada, Australia and Brazil. The Kansas City-based company also offers banking, personal finance and business consulting services. Founded in 1955 by brothers Henry W. Bloch and Richard Bloch, Block today operates 11,000 retail tax offices in the United States, plus another 1,700 abroad. Block offers its own consumer tax software called H&R Block at Home (formerly TaxCut), as well as online tax preparation and electronic filing from their website. During World War II, Henry W. Bloch was a young Army Air Forces navigator who wanted to start a family business with his brothers in Kansas City. Home from the war in 1946, Henry saw a pamphlet suggesting a bright future for companies serving small businesses, and it fired his imagination. That year, Henry and his older brother, Leon, borrowed $5,000 and opened a small bookkeeping business on Main Street in downtown Kansas City. However, four months later, they had few clients and Leon decided to seek a law degree. Henry wanted to keep trying with the fledgling business and placed a newspaper ad for
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Illumina

    Illumina

    • Issue: ILLUMINA INC Common Stock
    Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) is a company incorporated in April 1998 that develops, manufactures and markets integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and biological function. Using its technologies, the company provides a line of products and services that serve the sequencing, genotyping and gene expression markets. Customers include genomic research centers, pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, clinical research organizations and biotechnology companies. Its tools provide researchers with the capability to perform genetic tests needed to extract medical information from advances in genomics and proteomics. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. Illumina was founded in April 1998 by David Walt, Ph.D., Larry Bock, John Stuelpnagel, D.V.M., Anthony Czarnik, Ph.D., and Mark Chee, Ph.D. While working with CW Group, a venture capital firm, Larry and John uncovered what would become Illumina's BeadArray technology at Tufts University and negotiated an exclusive license to that technology. Illumina completed its initial public offering in July 2000. Illumina began offering single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping services in 2001 and
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Trans-Lux

    Trans-Lux

    • Issue: TRANS-LUX CORP Common Stock
    Trans-Lux is a company that specializes in designing, selling, renting, installing and maintaining multi-color, real-time data and LED large-screen electronic information displays, but is primarily known as a major supplier of national stock ticker display devices for stock exchanges. These indoor and outdoor displays are used worldwide in many industries including financial, banking, gaming, corporate, retail, healthcare, sports and transportation. The company was created by Percy Norman Furber, an Englishman, who moved to the United States in October 1918, after a time spent drilling for oil and mining quicksilver in Mexico. Furber was interested in developing a projection system that could be used in a lighted room, and enlisted the aid of a friend, Arthur Payne, a former employee of Thomas Edison. Payne hit upon the idea of rear projection; projecting an image through a screen rather than on it. However, this concept required a finer and more translucent material for the screen than any that currently existed. In 1920, Furber formed American Lux (Latin for "light") Products, and three years later, using a fine high-quality natural silk, it created its first successful screen,
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Umpqua Holdings Corporation

    Umpqua Holdings Corporation

    • Issue: UMPQUA HOLDINGS CORP Common Stock
    Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ) is a financial holding company based in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. Headquarters are in the Umpqua Bank Plaza, formerly the headquarters of the Benj. Franklin Savings and Loan. The firm has two principal operating subsidiaries, Umpqua Bank (the Bank), and Umpqua Investments, formerly Strand, Atkinson, Williams and York (Investments). The company's three main operating segments are community banking, mortgage banking, and retail brokerage. The bank provides a range of banking, mortgage banking and other financial services to corporate, institutional and individual customers. Total loans outstanding, at December 31, 2006, were US$5.3 billion, and total deposits were US$5.8 billion. As of 2011, Umpqua Bank was the largest Oregon-based bank, and had branches in Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada. South Umpqua State Bank was formed in 1953 in Canyonville, Oregon, with six employees. It was started by a group of people working in the timber-logging business who wanted to create a means for their loggers to cash their payroll checks. The bank acquired Centennial Bancorp of Eugene, Oregon, in 2002 for $214 million. With that
    8.00
    4 votes
    27
    BigBand Networks

    BigBand Networks

    • Issue: BIGBAND NETWORKS INC Common Stock
    BigBand Networks, or BigBand, was a multinational corporation headquartered in Redwood City, California, United States, and is currently a division within ARRIS Group. BigBand manufactured and sold digital video and data processing platforms and solutions in areas ranging from digital video to CMTS. BigBand's 3 major development centers have been assimilated by ARRIS Group. The main video products are developed at the development center in Tel Aviv, Israel employing roughly 200 people. The main data and voice products development center is located in Westborough, Massachusetts with roughly 175 people . A third research and development office is located in Shenzhen, China. The company formerly sold video, voice and data solutions directly to major cable Multi-System Operators MSOs. Amongst the company's biggest MSO clients were Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, and Telcos with Verizon becoming their biggest customer in 2006. BigBand's main products include a digital video processing platform called BMR and a Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) called Cuda. The video platform enables services such as Switched Video , Digital Cable, Video on demand and IPTV offered on a
    6.80
    5 votes
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    Occidental Petroleum

    Occidental Petroleum

    • Issue: OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORP Common Stock
    Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) is a California-based oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. Its headquarters is in Westwood, Los Angeles. "Oxy" is the largest oil producer in Texas. In California, Oxy is the largest natural gas producer. Oxy has additional operations in Kansas, North Dakota, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. The company nickname began in 1964 in reference to Occidental’s NYSE stock ticker (OXY). Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Oxy is the fourth-largest U.S. oil and gas company, based on 2011 year-end equity market capitalization. As of 2011, the company has more than 40,000 employees and contractors worldwide. Oxy's role in oil and natural gas exploration and production, to which they have pledged a commitment to responsibility, has also been a source of criticism. The company states that it is "committed to respecting the environment, protecting safety and upholding high standards of social responsibility throughout its worldwide operations." Critics have raised concerns about Occidental's historical operations in these areas. Oxy’s subsidiaries
    6.80
    5 votes
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    Aruba Networks

    Aruba Networks

    • Issue: ARUBA NETWORKS INC Common Stock

    Aruba Networks delivers an enterprise mobility solution that enables secure access to data, voice and video applications across wireless and wireline enterprise networks. Our solution, the Aruba Mobile Edge Architecture allows end-users to seamlessly roam to different locations within an enterprise campus or office building while maintaining secure and consistent access to all of their network resources. Using our architecture, IT departments can establish and enforce policies that control network access and prioritize application delivery based on an end-user's organizational role and authorization level. IT departments can also cost-effectively scale the same user-centric access model to remote locations, such as branch offices and home offices, to create a seamless mobility overlay that spans the extended enterprise network.

    9.00
    3 votes
    30
    NYSE Group

    NYSE Group

    • Issue: NYSE EURONEXT Common Stock
    NYSE Euronext, Inc. (NYSE: NYX) is a Euro-American multinational financial services corporation that operates multiple securities exchanges, most notably New York Stock Exchange, Euronext and NYSE Arca (formerly known as ArcaEx). NYSE merged with Archipelago Holdings on March 7, 2006, forming NYSE Group, Inc. On April 4, 2007, NYSE Group, Inc. merged with Euronext N.V. to form the first global equities exchange, with its headquarters in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. NYSE Euronext offers a broad and growing array of financial products and services in cash equities, futures, options, exchange-traded products (ETPs), bonds, market data, and commercial technology solutions. Spanning multiple asset classes and six countries, the company's exchanges include the New York Stock Exchange, Liffe, Euronext and NYSE Arca. With more than 8,000 listed issues (which includes 90% of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and 80% of the S&P 500, trading on NYSE Euronext's equity markets represents more than one-third of the world's cash equities volume. The company also manages the leading European derivatives exchange by value of trading. NYSE Euronext is part of the S&P 500
    9.00
    3 votes
    31
    Dover Corporation

    Dover Corporation

    • Issue: DOVER CORP Common Stock
    Dover Corporation is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 manufacturer of specialized industrial products and equipment within six segments. Dover Corporation is based in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. The company relocated its headquarters from New York in mid-2010. Dover Corporation can trace its roots to the Automobile Rotary Lift Company, founded in 1925. In 1955, Dover Corporation was created with Rotary Lift as its first division. Rotary Lift was instrumental in popularizing the modern hydraulic passenger elevator. Also in 1955, Dover Corp. split Rotary Lift into two separate divisions: Rotary Lift, which continued manufacturing automobile lifts, and Dover Elevator Division, which focused on manufacturing passenger and freight elevators. Dover Corp. sold its elevator division to German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp in 2000. In 2007 Dover merged its four operating product identification companies into two business groups. Datamax Pioneer and O'Neil Printer Supplies Group merged to become Datamax O'Neil Printer Supplies, and Markem Corporation and Imaje Group became Markem-Imaje. Dover India Pvt. Ltd. (a Dover Corporation company), provides software
    7.50
    4 votes
    32
    Stifel Nicolaus

    Stifel Nicolaus

    • Issue: STIFEL FINANCIAL CORP Common Stock
    Stifel, Nicolaus and Company, Incorporated, incorporated in 1923, is the largest subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. and is a member of Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). The parent company has several subsidiaries. Stifel Financial Corp. was formed as a holding company in July 1983 and it was offered publicly. Stifel Financial Corp. was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE: SF), on November 24, 1986. Its predecessor company was founded in 1890 as the Altheimer and Rawlings Investment Company and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. It offers securities-related financial services in the United States and Europe through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Stifel Nicolaus and Company, Incorporated (Stifel Nicolaus, the subject of this article), a retail and institutional brokerage and investment banking firm; Century Securities Associates, Inc. (CSA), an independent contractor broker-dealer firm; Stifel Nicolaus Limited (SN Ltd), the Company’s international subsidiary, and Stifel Bank and Trust, a retail and commercial bank. These subsidiaries provide brokerage, trading, investment banking, investment advisory, and related financial services. Customers include
    7.50
    4 votes
    33
    CBS Corporation

    CBS Corporation

    • Issue: CBS CORP-CLASS B NON VOTING Common Stock
    CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS, CBSA) is an American mass media corporation focused on commercial broadcasting, publishing, billboards and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. The president and chief executive of the company is Leslie Moonves. Sumner Redstone, owner of National Amusements, is CBS's majority shareholder and serves as executive chairman. The company began trading on the NYSE on January 3, 2006. Until then, the corporation was known as Viacom, and is the legal successor to said company. A new company, keeping the Viacom name was spun off from CBS. CBS, not Viacom, retains control of over-the-air television (CBS, CW) and radio broadcasting, TV production and distribution, publishing, pay-cable, recording, and outdoor advertising assets formerly owned by the larger company. CBS has its headquarters in CBS Building, Midtown, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. Viacom was created in 1970 as the television syndication division of CBS, and was spun off in 1971. However, in 1999, Viacom acquired its former parent, by this time also named CBS Corporation, formerly Westinghouse Electric. The prior CBS Corporation also owned CMT
    10.00
    2 votes
    34
    Qualstar

    Qualstar

    • Issue: QUALSTAR CORP Common Stock
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) is an American manufacturer of magnetic tape data storage products, based in Simi Valley, California. It was founded in 1984 as a 9 track tape drive manufacturer, and now makes tape library products. The company sold its last 9 track tape drive in 2006 and as of March 2006 has sold all remaining parts inventory to Vinastar, an aftermarket vendor. Qualstar announced the TLS-4000 Series tape library family in 1994 and began shipment in 1995. Initially using Exabyte 8mm tape drives, the TLS-4000 Series was the first library product line to automate Sony's popular AIT drives. Leveraging the basic TLS design, Qualstar subsequently introduced the TLS-6000 Series for DLT and SDLT drives, the TLS-5000 Series for Sony SAIT drives and the TLS-8000 Series for LTO drives. The TLS-2000 Series for 4mm drives was also produced for a limited time. By 2011, only select models of the TLS-8000 family remain in production. In 2001 the company introduced the first RLS-Series of rack mountable tape libraries. A number of models supporting AIT, SAIT, SDLT and LTO tape drive technologies were produced. The RLS-8000 Series for LTO technology continues in production.
    10.00
    2 votes
    35
    Southern Company

    Southern Company

    • Issue: SOUTHERN CO Common Stock
    Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is an American electric utilities holding company based in southern United States. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with executive offices also located in Birmingham, Alabama. The company is currently the 16th largest utility company in the world and the fourth largest in the U.S. Through its subsidiaries it owns and operates more than 42,000 megawatts of generation capacity and serves 4.3 million customers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. Southern Company’s regulated regional electric utilities serve a 120,000-square-mile (310,000 km) territory with 27,000 miles (43,000 km) of distribution lines. Southern Company is one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States and 149th on the Fortune 500 listing of the largest U. S. corporations. It has more than 500,000 shareholders (NYSE: SO) and has been traded since September 30, 1949. Currently, Southern Company is building the first new nuclear units in the U.S. in 30 years at Plant Vogtle near Augusta, Georgia; building one of the largest photovoltaic plants in the U.S. at Cimarron, New Mexico; building one of the largest biomass plants at Nacogdoches, Texas; and
    6.40
    5 votes
    36
    Zilog

    Zilog

    • Issue: ZILOG INC Common Stock
    Zilog, Inc., previously known as ZiLOG (which stands for "Z (the last word of) integrated logic"), is an American manufacturer of 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers, and is most famous for its Intel 8080-compatible Z80 series. Zilog was incorporated in California in 1974 by Federico Faggin, who left Intel after working on the 4004 and then the 8080 microprocessors. The company became a subsidiary of Exxon in 1980, but the management and employees bought it back in 1989 led by Dr. Edgar Sack. Zilog went public in 1991, but was acquired in 1998 by Texas Pacific Group. Curtis Crawford replaced Dr. Edgar Sack and changed the company's direction towards 32 bit Data Communications Processors. Bonds were sold against the company to fund the new developments, but after the Internet bubble burst in 2000 and the resultant reduction in customer demand for such products, Curtis Crawford was replaced by James (Jim) Thorburn who reorganized the company under Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2001 and refocused it back to the 8 and 16 bit microcontroller market. Jim Thorburn led Zilog back into profitability by FY 2007 they had $82 million in sales. During this time they developed the Encore! Flash 8
    6.40
    5 votes
    37
    Peet's Coffee & Tea

    Peet's Coffee & Tea

    • Issue: PEETS COFFEE & TEA INC Common Stock
    Peet's Coffee & Tea is a San Francisco Bay Area based specialty coffee roaster and retailer. Founded in 1966 by Alfred Peet in Berkeley, California as Peet's Coffee, Tea & Spices, Peet's is known for its early introduction of darker roasted arabica coffee, such as french roast and grades appropriate for espresso drinks, to Bay Area and US coffee retailing, both the freshly roasted beans and brewed coffee. Alfred Peet grew up in the coffee business while living in the Netherlands as a child. Moving to San Francisco when he was 35, he began roasting coffee in the 1960s. Peet started Peet's Coffee & Tea as a single store in 1966 in Berkeley, California. Peet's original outlet is still located on the corner of Walnut and Vine (2124 Vine Street) in the Gourmet Ghetto of North Berkeley, close to the University of California. The location now contains a museum space which displays Peet's memorabilia and historical coffee equipment. The three founders of Starbucks, who knew Peet personally, founded their business in Seattle, Washington and bought their coffee beans directly from Peet's during their first year of business in 1971. Peet sold his business in 1979 to Sal Bonavita and stayed on
    7.25
    4 votes
    38
    UTStarcom

    UTStarcom

    • Issue: UTSTARCOM INC Common Stock
    UTStarcom is a Fortune 1000 company that specializes in IP based Next Generation Network Solutions, Broadband Network Solutions and IPTV Solutions for Telecommunications companies and service providers. Its core markets are IPTV and broadband, It also sells handsets and other consumer products including DSL Modems and VoIP terminal adapters. It has a large customer base in Asia, particularly in China, where it manufactures the majority of its products and where most of its employees are located. It also has business operations, research and design operations in Japan, South Korea, India and as well as in Europe and the Middle East The company was founded in 1991 by Hongliang Lu, a Chinese-born, American-educated entrepreneur, as Unitech Telecom. In its early years, the company was focused on the telecommunications markets in China. In 1995, Unitech merged with Starcom Networks, founded by Ying Wu, to form UTStarcom. After several years of trying to build its business in China, UTStarcom launched the Personal Handy-phone System (PHS), also known as the Personal Access System. PHS is a scaled-down version of a cellular network and has 56 million subscribers in China. UTStarcom went
    7.25
    4 votes
    39
    Dillard's

    Dillard's

    • Issue: DILLARDS INC-CL A Common Stock
    Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is a department store chain in the United States, with 330 stores in 29 states. Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dillard's locations are concentrated in Texas and Florida; with a major presence in other states including Arizona, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, North Carolina, Virginia, Idaho, South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Dillard's also maintains a minor footprint in California and Montana. Dillard's is the outgrowth of a department store founded in 1938 by William T. Dillard; its corporate headquarters remain located in the eastern edge of Little Rock's Riverdale area, and many of its executives and directors are members of the Dillard family. Dillard sold the original Nashville, Arkansas store to develop a larger one in Texarkana, Texas initially as the minority partner in Wooten & Dillard. In 1956, Dillard led an investment group that acquired the Mayer & Schmidt store in Tyler, Texas. This store eventually took on the name "Dillard's Mayer & Schmidt" until 1974, when it was replaced with a mall-based location
    8.33
    3 votes
    40
    KB Home

    KB Home

    • Issue: KB HOME Common Stock
    KB Home (NYSE: KBH) is a homebuilding company based in the United States, founded in 1957 as Kaufman & Broad in Detroit, Michigan. It was the first company to be traded on the NYSE as a home builder and is a Fortune 500 company. Its headquarters are in Los Angeles, California. KB Home was founded in Detroit in 1957 by Donald Kaufman and Eli Broad. The company has periodically acquired other homebuilders as the company expanded into new markets. This includes San Antonio-based Rayco Homes in 1996 and Upland, California-based Lewis Homes in 1999. It also maintained a division in France, which was sold in 2007. As part of a promotion, in 1997 the company built a life-sized replica of The Simpsons cartoon home in Henderson, Nevada. In 2001 KB Home was sued when homeowners in a subdivision in Arlington, Texas discovered that their homes were built on top of a practice bombing range from the 1940s and 50s which the military had cleared for development. That suit has since been settled. The Army Corps of Engineers was engaged in remediation. In November 2006, KB Home President, CEO and Chairman Bruce Karatz resigned after an internal accounting probe into his alleged backdating of stock
    8.33
    3 votes
    41
    StatoilHydro

    StatoilHydro

    • Issue: STERLING BANCORP-N Y Common Stock
    Statoil ASA, trading as Statoil and formerly known as StatoilHydro, is a Norwegian oil and gas company, formed by the 2007 merger of Statoil with the oil and gas division of Norsk Hydro. The Government of Norway is the largest shareholder in Statoil with 67% of the shares. The ownership interest is managed by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Statoil is a fully integrated petroleum company with operations in thirty six countries. By revenue Statoil was in 2010 ranked by Fortune Magazine as the world's 13th largest oil and gas company, and the largest company in the Nordic region by revenue, profit, and market capitalization. Statoil is the largest operator on the Norwegian continental shelf, with 60% of the total production. The fields operated are Brage, Heimdal, Grane, Glitne, Gullfaks, Heidrun, Huldra, Kristin, Kvitebjørn, Mikkel, Njord, Norne, Ormen Lange, Oseberg, Sleipner, Snorre, Snøhvit, Statfjord, Sygna, Tordis, Troll, Veslefrikk, Vigdis, Visund, Volve and Åsgard. The company also has processing plants at Kolsnes, Kårstø, Mongstad, Tjeldbergodden and Melkøya. In addition to the Norwegian continental shelf, Statoil operates oil and gas fields in Algeria,
    8.33
    3 votes
    42
    Goldman Sachs

    Goldman Sachs

    • Issue: GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC Common Stock
    The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) is an American multinational investment banking firm that engages in global investment banking, securities, investment management, and other financial services primarily with institutional clients. Goldman Sachs was founded in 1869 and is headquartered at 200 West Street in the Lower Manhattan area of New York City, with additional offices in international financial centers. The firm provides mergers and acquisitions advice, underwriting services, asset management, and prime brokerage to its clients, which include corporations, governments and individuals. The firm also engages in market making and private equity deals, and is a primary dealer in the United States Treasury security market. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious investment banks in the world, but has sparked a great deal of controversy over alleged improper practices, especially since the 2007–2012 global financial crisis. Former employees include Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson who served as United States Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, respectively, as well as Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of Canada since 2008,
    6.20
    5 votes
    43
    Procter & Gamble

    Procter & Gamble

    • Issue: PROCTER & GAMBLE CO/THE Common Stock
    The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is an American multinational consumer goods company headquartered in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Its products include foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. In 2011, P&G recorded $82.6 billion dollars in sales. Fortune magazine ranked P&G at fifth place of the "World's Most Admired Companies" list, which was up from sixth place in 2010. Procter & Gamble is the only Fortune 500 company to issue C Share common stock. William Procter, a candlemaker, and James Gamble, a soapmaker, emigrated from England and Ireland respectively. They settled in Cincinnati initially and met when they married sisters, Olivia and Elizabeth Norris. Alexander Norris, their father-in-law, called a meeting in which he persuaded his new sons-in-law to become business partners. On October 31, 1837, as a result of the suggestion, Procter & Gamble was created. In 1858–1859, sales reached $1 million. By this point, approximately 80 employees worked for Procter & Gamble. During the American Civil War, the company won contracts to supply the Union Army with soap and candles. In addition to the increased profits experienced during the war, the military
    6.20
    5 votes
    44
    Virgin Mobile

    Virgin Mobile

    • Issue: VIRGIN MOBILE USA INC-A Common Stock
    Virgin Mobile is a wireless communications brand used by eight independent brand-licensees worldwide. Virgin Mobile branded wireless communications services are currently available in Australia, Canada, Chile, France, India, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Virgin Mobile branded services were formerly offered in Singapore and Qatar. Each Virgin Mobile branded entity acts independently from the others, thus the handsets, service plans and network radio interfaces vary from country to country. In a given country, the Virgin Mobile wireless entity is typically a partnership between Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and an existing mobile network operator or mobile virtual network operator. Virgin Mobile Australia (VMA) is a telecommunications company based in Sydney, Australia. They sell through over 3500 retail outlets, including flagship stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as via telesales and web-based stores. In Australia, Virgin Mobile operates on the Optus network. Virgin Mobile Canada experienced substantial growth in 2008, launching approximately 60 'Virgin Mini Stores' (VMS) across the country. VMS are kiosks usually located in
    6.20
    5 votes
    45
    Anixter International

    Anixter International

    • Issue: ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC Common Stock
    Anixter International is a Fortune 500 (#404, Fortune 2009) company based in Glenview, Illinois, USA and founded in 1957. Anixter is a leading global supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components. Anixter has physical presence in 50 countries and has more than 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m) of warehouse space. In 2011, the company had $6,14 billion in revenue with a global presence that includes locations in 271 cities in 50 countries. The company operates with three major divisions: (Aerospace Hardware, once considered the fourth division, was sold by Anixter in 2011 to Greenbriar Equity. In 1957, two brothers started a business with a $10,000 loan from their mother. They had an idea that would ultimately change the electrical wire and cable business. Until that time, distributors and wholesalers had to buy cable in bulk quantities directly from manufacturers. Lead times were long, quantities were fixed and flexibility was short. Those two brothers soon revolutionized the wire and cable business by having an inventory of cabling on hand. Customers saw the value in that service, and within the
    9.50
    2 votes
    46
    Union Pacific Railroad

    Union Pacific Railroad

    • Issue: UNION PACIFIC CORP Common Stock
    The Union Pacific Railroad (reporting mark UP) (NYSE: UNP), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the United States. Union Pacific has more than 44,000 employees and operates more than 8,000 locomotives on 31,900 miles (51,338 km) of track across 23 states in the central and western United States, west of Chicago and New Orleans. The current chairman is James R. Young. Over the years, Union Pacific has purchased a large number of other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago and North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Southern Pacific (including the Rio Grande). Currently, Union Pacific owns 26% of Ferromex while Grupo México owns the remaining 74%. Union Pacific's leading railroad competitor is the BNSF Railway, which covers much of the same territory in the United States. The original company, prior to later uniting with the Central Pacific Railroad, was incorporated on July 1, 1862 under an act of Congress entitled Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. The act was approved by President Abraham Lincoln, and it provided for the construction of railroads from the Missouri River to the Pacific as a war measure for the
    9.50
    2 votes
    47
    Brookfield Properties

    Brookfield Properties

    • Issue: BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES CORP Common Stock
    Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (TSX: BPO, NYSE: BPO) is a Canadian-American commercial real estate company. Brookfield Asset Management owns fifty percent of its outstanding common shares. The company has its headquarters operations in New York City and Toronto. Its New York City head office is on the 11th floor of the Three World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan, New York City, while its Toronto head office is located downtown in the Brookfield Place office complex, which encompasses an entire 5.2 acre city block and offers over 2,600,000 square feet (240,000 m) of office space The company owns, manages and develops office properties in the downtown core of the American cities of New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Denver, Colorado; and Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Canadian cities of Toronto, Calgary, Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia as well as Australian cities Perth, Sydney and Melbourne Its properties include One Liberty Plaza and the World Financial Center in New York City; Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place), First Canadian Place, and Queen's Quay Terminal in Toronto; Place
    7.00
    4 votes
    48
    Regis Corporation

    Regis Corporation

    • Issue: REGIS CORP Common Stock
    Regis Corporation is the largest hair salon chain in the world, with over 11,000 salons (including both company-owned and franchises), it is ranked 712 on the Fortune 1000. It has its headquarters in Edina, Minnesota. Its namesake is Regis Hair Salons, and it also owns the chains Carlton Hair International in Southern California, Images Salon in Las Vegas, NV, Michael of the Carlyle in Colorado Springs, and Denver, CO City Looks, Famous Hair, Best Cuts, Saturday's, HCUK, Supercuts, Pro-Cuts, Hair Crafters, Magicuts, MasterCuts, Borics Hair, Hair by Stewarts, SmartStyle, Cost Cutters, TGF Hair Salon, Hair Masters, Style America, Holiday Hair, and Mia & Maxx Hair Studio mostly in the United States, First Choice Haircutters based in Canada, and Vidal Sassoon, Jean Louis David, and Saint Algue based in Europe. In 2005 the company acquired Hair Club for Men and Women, in the hair loss field. The company recently sold all of its beauty schools to Empire Beauty School. In 2012, Regis sold Hair Club to the Japanese wigmaker Aderans. On January 10, 2006 Regis Corporation announced it would acquire the Sally Beauty Company business of Alberto-Culver. Sally has 2,419 Sally Beauty Supply
    7.00
    4 votes
    49
    Sun Microsystems

    Sun Microsystems

    • Issue: SUN MICROSYSTEMS INC Common Stock
    Sun Microsystems, Inc. was a company that sold computers, computer components, computer software, and information technology services. Sun was founded on February 24, 1982. At its height, Sun headquarters were in Santa Clara, California (part of Silicon Valley), on the former west campus of the Agnews Developmental Center. On January 27, 2010, Sun was acquired by Oracle Corporation for US$7.4 billion, based on an agreement signed on April 20, 2009. The following month, Sun Microsystems, Inc. was merged with Oracle USA, Inc. to become Oracle America, Inc. Sun products included computer servers and workstations built on its own RISC-based SPARC processor architecture as well as on x86 based AMD's Opteron and Intel's Xeon processors; storage systems; and a suite of software products including the Solaris operating system, developer tools, Web infrastructure software, and identity management applications. Other technologies include the Java platform, MySQL, and NFS. Sun was a proponent of open systems in general and Unix in particular, and a major contributor to open source software. Sun's main manufacturing facilities were located in Hillsboro, Oregon and Linlithgow, Scotland. The
    7.00
    4 votes
    50
    TASER International

    TASER International

    • Issue: TASER INTERNATIONAL INC Common Stock
    TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR) is a developer, manufacturer, and distributor of the Taser electroshock gun in the United States. It is based at Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. Taser is the most common brand of electroshock gun. The company was founded in 1991 (under the name Air Taser, Inc.) by brothers Rick and Tom Smith. The Smiths were upset when two of Rick's former teammates in high school were murdered in a road rage incident in a resort parking lot in Scottsdale. In 1993, they began working with Jack Cover on a non-lethal weapon; eventually Cover first developed an early version of the Taser. TASER takes its name after a fictional weapon: Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle. In June 1994, a non-firearm version of the Taser was developed, allowing it to bypass federal and state laws that only apply to firearms, and a tracking system (the "anti-felon identification" or "AFID" system) was created. This enables the Taser to disperse confetti with serial numbers when it is fired and links the specific Taser to the scene where it is used. In 1998, the company adopted its current name, intending to emphasize the company's international expansion. In the same year, the
    6.00
    5 votes
    51
    Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.

    Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.

    • Issue: CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP INC Common Stock
    Carrols was a chain of fast-food restaurants in various cities in Finland. The company originally came to Finland as a franchise of an international chain named Carrols Corporation. However, it was eventually completely bought by the Finnish company Tuko which in turn was acquired by the Finnish chain Kesko becoming a completely Finnish-owned company. In the process it was renamed from Carrol's to Carrols, losing the apostrophe. The most famous hamburger in Carrols was the Club Burger, which was similar to the Big Mac in McDonald's. The chain also regularly served limited-time special hamburgers. The chain was eventually bought out by another Finnish fast-food chain, Hesburger, which integrated it to itself almost fully. Almost all Carrols restaurants were converted to Hesburgers. This event caused a minor upset among the residents of Helsinki, since Hesburger is based in a rival city, Turku. Since the acquisition by Hesburger, only a few of the most famous Carrols restaurants remained under their original name, all of them located in the Greater Helsinki region (except one in Janakkala and one in Lahti). Although Hesburger serves the Club Burger in its menu, the limited-time
    8.00
    3 votes
    52
    Enbridge

    Enbridge

    • Issue: ENBRIDGE INC Common Stock
    Enbridge Inc. is a Calgary, Alberta based company focused on three core businesses: crude oil and liquids pipelines, natural gas transportation and distribution, and green energy. The company has approximately 6,000 employees, mostly in Canada and the United States. The company was initially incorporated as Interprovincial Pipe Line (IPL) in 1949, shortly after Canada's first major oil discovery at Leduc, Alberta. The original pipeline was constructed to transport oil from western Canada to refineries in the east. IPL became Enbridge Pipelines in 1998. The Enbridge name is a portmanteau from "energy" and "bridge". Enbridge operates the world's longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system, located in both Canada and USA. It owns and operates Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and a variety of affiliated pipelines in Canada and the U.S., and has an approximate 27% interest in Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EEP) which owns the Lakehead System in the U.S. These pipeline systems have operated for over 60 years and now comprise approximately 13,500 kilometres (8,400 mi) of pipeline, delivering more than 2 million barrels (320,000 m) per day of crude oil and liquids. Enbridge is also the
    8.00
    3 votes
    53
    Harley-Davidson Motor Company

    Harley-Davidson Motor Company

    • Issue: HARLEY-DAVIDSON INC Common Stock
    Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG, formerly HDI), often abbreviated H-D or Harley, is an American motorcycle manufacturer. Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the first decade of the 20th century, it was one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression. Harley-Davidson also survived a period of poor quality control and competition from Japanese manufacturers. The company sells heavyweight (over 750 cc) motorcycles designed for cruising on highways. Harley-Davidson motorcycles (popularly known as "Harleys") have a distinctive design and exhaust note. They are especially noted for the tradition of heavy customization that gave rise to the chopper style of motorcycle. Except for the modern VRSC model family, current Harley-Davidson motorcycles reflect the styles of classic Harley designs. Harley-Davidson's attempts to establish itself in the light motorcycle market have met with limited success and have largely been abandoned since the 1978 sale of its Italian Aermacchi subsidiary. Harley-Davidson sustains a loyal brand community which keeps active through clubs, events, and a museum. Licensing of the Harley-Davidson brand and logo accounted for
    8.00
    3 votes
    54
    PNC Financial Services

    PNC Financial Services

    • Issue: PNC FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP Common Stock
    PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is an American financial services corporation, with assets (as of December 31, 2011) of approximately $271.205 billion. PNC operations include a regional banking franchise operating primarily in nineteen states and the District of Columbia, specialized financial businesses serving companies and government entities, and leading Turnkey Asset Management Program and processing businesses. PNC is currently the seventh largest bank by deposits in the United States, as well as the sixth largest by total assets, fifth in total branches, and is the third largest bank off-premise ATM provider. PNC is based in Pittsburgh. PNC Financial Services traces its history to the Pittsburgh Trust and Savings Company which was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1852. In 1858, the company located its corporate offices at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Pittsburgh where they remain to this day. The bank changed its name to First National Bank of Pittsburgh in 1863, after it became the first bank to receive a national charter as part of that year's National Banking Act. By 1959, after a series of mergers, the bank had evolved into the Pittsburgh
    8.00
    3 votes
    55
    Sempra Energy

    Sempra Energy

    • Issue: SEMPRA ENERGY Common Stock
    Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) is an American natural gas utilities holding company based in San Diego, California. It divides its interests into two broad categories: Sempra Utilities, including Pacific Enterprises/Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric; and Sempra Global, a holding company for businesses not subject to California utilities regulation, chiefly Sempra Commodities, Sempra Generation, Sempra Pipelines & Storage, and Sempra LNG. For 2011, Sempra Energy reported $10 billion in revenue and nearly 17,500 employees, serving more than 31 million customers worldwide. It is the largest natural gas utility in the United States in terms of coverage area and population served, and is a major force in international natural gas markets. Sempra Energy was created through the 1998 merger of Los Angeles-based Pacific Enterprises, the parent company of Southern California Gas, and Enova Corporation, the parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric. Sempra was sued over claims it manipulated natural gas supplies and electricity contracts during the 2001 California electricity crisis. In 2006 the company agreed to pay $377 million to settle gas supply claims, and in 2010
    8.00
    3 votes
    56
    Stamps.com

    Stamps.com

    • Issue: STAMPS.COM INC Common Stock
    Stamps.com is a Los Angeles, California-based company that provides Internet-based mailing and shipping services. Stamps.com is a public company and trades on the NYSE exchange under the symbol STMP. On April 13, 1998, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the E-Stamp Corporation unveiled for beta testing the E-Stamp Internet postage system, aimed at providing digitally encoded postage franks or stamps via the Internet. At the launch in 1998, the Postmaster General at that time, Marvin T. Runyon, described his vision of postage being "available, on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." Founded in 1996, Stamps.com is the brainchild of Jim McDermott, Ari Engelberg and Jeff Green. E-Stamp was the first company to get USPS approval for beta testing and successfully brought internet postage to market, but the company did not survive the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000. In 2001 its domain and patents were bought by a fellow early entrant in the digital postage market, Stamps.com. In the fall of 2003, Microsoft released a beta version of its office productivity suite of programs, which includes an electronic postage capacity through Stamps.com. In August 2004, Stamps.com introduced
    8.00
    3 votes
    57
    Valero

    Valero

    • Issue: VALERO ENERGY CORP Common Stock
    Valero Energy Corporation is a Fortune 500 international manufacturer and a marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products, and power that is based in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The company owns and operates 16 refineries throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels (480,000 m) per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.2 billion US gallons (4,500,000 m) per year, and a 50 megawatt wind farm. Valero is also one of the United States' largest retail operators with approximately 6,800 retail and branded wholesale outlets in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean under the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, Ultramar, Beacon, and Texaco brands. Valero was created on January 1, 1980, as a spinoff of Coastal States Gas Corporation. At the time, it was the largest corporate spinoff in U.S. history. Valero took over the natural gas operations of the LoVaca Gathering Company, a defunct subsidiary of Coastal States Gas. The name Valero comes from Misión San Antonio de Valero, which today is better known worldwide as The
    8.00
    3 votes
    58
    Micron Technology

    Micron Technology

    • Issue: MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC Common Stock
    Micron Technology, Inc. is an American multinational corporation based in Boise, Idaho, USA, best known for producing many forms of semiconductor devices. This includes DRAM, SDRAM, flash memory, SSD and CMOS image sensing chips. Its consumer products are marketed under the brands Crucial Technology and Lexar Media. Micron and Intel together created IM Flash Technologies, which produces NAND flash memory. Micron was founded in Boise, Idaho, in 1978 by Ward Parkinson, Joe Parkinson, Dennis Wilson, and Doug Pitman as a semiconductor design consulting company. Startup funding was provided by local Idaho businessmen Tom Nicholson, Allen Noble, and Ron Yanke. Later it received funding from Idaho billionaire J. R. Simplot, whose fortune was made in the potato business. In 1981, its first wafer fabrication unit ("Fab 1") with 50,000 square feet (4,600 m) of space was completed and Micron started producing 64K DRAM chips. A second fab was completed in late 1984 to produce 256K DRAM chips. By focusing on being a low-cost producer, Micron survived numerous collapses in the DRAM market which caused many competitors to leave the industry. One of the most vicious was in 1985, when allegations
    6.75
    4 votes
    59
    Trident Microsystems

    Trident Microsystems

    • Issue: TRIDENT MICROSYSTEMS INC Common Stock
    Trident Microsystems (NASDAQ: TRID) is a supplier of display-processors for flat panel displays (plasma, LCD, etc.). At one time, Trident was also a supplier of PC graphics chipsets and sound controllers. Established in 1987, Trident (along with Oak Technologies) gained a reputation for selling inexpensive (for the time) but slow SVGA chipsets. Many OEMs built add-in-boards using Trident VGA chipsets. As the PC graphics market shifted from simple framebuffer displays (basic VGA colour monitor output) to more advanced hardware acceleration (multi-resolution, SVGA output; not to be confused with 3D hardware-acceleration), Trident continued its strategy of selling modestly performing chips at compelling pricepoints. In the mid-1990s, the company (briefly) caught up with its main competition: the TGUI-9680's feature-set was comparable to the S3 Graphics Trio64V+, although the Trio64V+ outperformed the 9680 in true-color mode. The rapid introduction of 3D-graphics caught many graphics suppliers off guard, including Trident. It was not until the late 1990s that Trident finally released a competitive chip, the TGUI-9880 (Blade3D.) By this time, Trident's reach had once again retreated to
    6.75
    4 votes
    60
    Alcon

    Alcon

    • Issue: ALCON INC Common Stock
    Alcon incorporated and with corporate headquarters, in Hünenberg, Switzerland, is a global medical company specializing in eye care products. Alcon's U.S. headquarters is located in Fort Worth, Texas. Alcon has been purchased by Novartis from Nestlé and there have been confirmed information indicating high likelihood that Alcon will soon also be merged with the new parent company. Alcon was founded in 1945 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The company started as a small pharmacy in Fort Worth and was named for its founders, pharmacists Robert Alexander and William Conner. Conner and Alexander focused on sterile ophthalmic products, which no other company specialized in at the timeand built their business by researching eye care products that would reduce contamination and increase safety. Nestlé of Switzerland purchased Alcon in 1977. This was during a time of rapid growth for Nestlé and was their first venture into the pharmaceutical industry. Alcon expanded its manufacturing capability with new plants in South America and Europe and drastically increased its investment in research. In 1979, Alcon acquired Texas Pharmacal Company which became Dermatological Products of Texas (and is now
    9.00
    2 votes
    61
    Brunswick Corporation

    Brunswick Corporation

    • Issue: BRUNSWICK CORP Common Stock
    The Brunswick Corporation, formerly known as the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, is a United States-based corporation that has been involved in manufacturing a wide variety of products since 1845. Brunswick's global headquarters is in the northern Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois. In 2007, it had sales of US$5.671 billion with net earnings of $111.6 million. Brunswick was founded by John Moses Brunswick who came to the United States from Switzerland at the age of 15. The J.M. Brunswick Manufacturing Company opened for business on September 15, 1845, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally J. M. Brunswick intended his company to be mainly in the business of making carriages, but soon after opening his machine shop, he became fascinated with billiards and decided that making billiard tables would be more lucrative, as the better tables then in use in the United States were imported from England. Brunswick billiard tables were a commercial success, and the business expanded and opened up the first of what would become many branch offices in Chicago, Illinois in 1848. In 1873, the Brunswick company merged with competitor Great Western Billiard Manufactory owned by Julius Balke to
    9.00
    2 votes
    62
    Kohl's

    Kohl's

    • Issue: KOHLS CORP Common Stock
    Kohl's Corporation (NYSE: KSS) is an American department store chain headquartered in the Milwaukee suburb of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, operating as of September 2011, 1,089 stores in 49 states. In 1998, it entered the S&P 500 list, and is also listed in the Fortune 500 (#135 in 2010). The chain was the 20th-largest retailer in the United States in 2011 in terms of revenue. Kohl's is the 4th largest US department store by sales, below JCPenny, and above Nordstrom. Maxwell Kohl, who had previously operated traditional grocery stores, built his first supermarket in 1946, the first in what would become a southeastern Wisconsin chain known as Kohl's Food Stores. In 1962, he started his first department store, Kohl's Department Store, in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He positioned Kohl's between the higher-end department stores and the discounters, selling everything from candy to engine oil to sporting equipment. In 1972 the British-American Tobacco Company's US retail division, BATUS Inc., bought a controlling interest in Kohl's Corporation, which at the time operated 50 grocery stores, six department stores, three drug stores and three liquor stores. The Kohl family, led by Allen and
    9.00
    2 votes
    63
    Marsh & McLennan Companies

    Marsh & McLennan Companies

    • Issue: MARSH & MCLENNAN COS Common Stock
    Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC) is one of the world's largest professional services and insurance brokerage firms and is based in the United States. In 2011, it had over 52,000 employees and recorded an annual revenue of $11.526 billion. In 2012, Marsh & McLennan Companies was ranked the 231st largest corporation in the United States by the 2012 Fortune 500 list, and the 5th largest U.S. company in the diversified financial industry. Marsh & McLennan Companies was also ranked 29th on the 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek 50, the magazine's annual ranking of the S&P 500's top 50 performing companies. The firm is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Marsh & McLennan is a diversified risk, insurance and professional services firm composed of: Burrows, Marsh & McLennan was formed by Henry W. Marsh and Donald R. McLennan in Chicago in 1905, becoming the world's largest insurance agency with annual premiums of $3 million ($59 million consumer price index adjusted). It was renamed Marsh & McLennan in 1906. In 1997, the company bought Johnson & Higgins and Sedgwick shortly after. In August 2007, Marsh completed the sale of its Putnam Investments division to Great-West Lifeco
    9.00
    2 votes
    64
    Research In Motion

    Research In Motion

    • Issue: RESEARCH IN MOTION Common Stock
    Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (TSX: RIM, NASDAQ: RIMM) is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless equipment company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry smartphone and tablet. RIM is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was founded by Mike Lazaridis, who served as its co-CEO along with Jim Balsillie until January 22, 2012 when RIM announced that both have stepped down and the new CEO will be Thorsten Heins. The company is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in the USA in addition to the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada. Prior to the manufacture of the BlackBerry, RIM worked with RAM Mobile Data and Ericsson to turn the Ericsson-developed Mobitex wireless data network into a two-way paging and wireless e-mail network. Pivotal in this development was the release of the Inter@ctive pager 950, which started shipping in August 1998. About the size of a bar of soap, this device competed against the SkyTel two-way paging network developed by Motorola. RIM's early development was financed by Canadian institutional and venture capital investors in 1995 through a private placement in the privately held company. Working Ventures Canadian Fund Inc. led the first venture
    9.00
    2 votes
    65
    Versant Corporation

    Versant Corporation

    • Issue: VERSANT CORP Common Stock
    Versant Corporation (VSNT) is a publicly-traded company and a vendor of database management software. Versant products are deployed in a wide variety of industries including: Telecommunications, Defense, Life Sciences, Transportation, Finance, Online Gaming and more. Versant was founded in Fremont, California (USA) in 1988. It is currently headquartered in Redwood City, California where all activities related to finances and customer service take place. The development team is located in the branch offices in Hamburg (Germany) and Pune (India). Versant offers object database technologies, namely, "Versant Object Database", "Versant FastObjects" and the open source database "db4o". The company was founded and created by Dr. Kee Ong in 1988 as "Object Sciences Corporation" in Fremont, California (USA). Among the first employees were CEO Michael Seashols and kernel engineers Dr. Hong-Tai Chou, Stephen Au-Yeung, Dr. CP Chou and others. Dr. Ong, who came from Ingres, recognized that languages were changing, becoming OO and leveraged work done at the University of Wisconsin (known as the WISC storage system) to create a commercial object database to complement OO languages. In early 1990
    9.00
    2 votes
    66
    Werner Enterprises

    Werner Enterprises

    • Issue: WERNER ENTERPRISES INC Common Stock
    Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: WERN) was founded in 1956 by Clarence L. Werner. Technically, it is a transportation and logistics company, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. It ships to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe and South America. Werner has regional offices throughout North America, in China and recently in Australia. Werner is among the five largest carriers in the United States, with services that include dedicated, medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van capacity, expedited, temperature-controlled and flatbed. Werner also offers freight management, truck brokerage, intermodal, load/mode and network optimization and freight forwarding. Werner, through its subsidiary companies, is a licensed U.S. NVOCC, U.S. Customs Broker, licensed Freight Forwarder in China, licensed China NVOCC, TSA-approved Indirect Air Carrier and IATA Accredited Cargo Agent. Fleet sales is the division of Werner that actually purchases, operates and eventually sells the equipment. Werner's tractors are regulated to go no faster than 65 mph (105 km/h). The current fleet is made up of the following: As fuel and operating costs have risen over the years, Werner has elected to
    9.00
    2 votes
    67
    Xerox

    Xerox

    • Issue: XEROX CORP Common Stock
    Xerox Corporation ( /ˈzɪərɒks/) is an American multinational document management corporation that produced and sells a range of color and black-and-white printers, multifunction systems, photo copiers, digital production printing presses, and related consulting services and supplies. Xerox is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut (moved from Stamford, Connecticut in October 2007), though its largest population of employees is based in and around Rochester, New York, the area in which the company was founded. On September 28, 2009, Xerox announced the intended acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services for $6.4 billion. The deal closed on February 8, 2010. Xerox holds a Royal Warrant from HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales. It was hardware and software designers at Xerox that invented several of the most important elements of personal computing still in use today, such as the graphic interface, the computer mouse and desktop computing. These features were frowned upon by the then board of directors, who ordered the Xerox engineers to share them with Apple technicians. The features were taken on by Apple and, later, Microsoft. Partly thanks to these features, these two
    9.00
    2 votes
    68
    Genworth Financial

    Genworth Financial

    • Issue: GENWORTH FINANCIAL INC-CL A Common Stock
    Genworth Financial is a Fortune 500 global financial security company that specializes in life and long term care insurance, wealth management, mortgage insurance, lifestyle protection insurance and annuities. Genworth‘s heritage dates back to 1871. Although Genworth Financial has only been “Genworth Financial” for less than a decade, the Genworth Financial family of companies has roots that can be traced back to the writing of the first policy with The Life Insurance Company of Virginia in 1871. In May 2004, Genworth Financial was formed out of various insurance businesses of General Electric Company in the largest IPO of that year, topping the more publicized Google IPO of that same year. Today, Genworth Financial has over $100 billion in assets and employs approximately 6,000 people with a presence in more than 25 countries. Genworth Financial’s principal insurance companies are: The Genworth Financial family of companies operates through three segments: Retirement & Protection, US Mortgage Insurance and International. Products and services include life and long term care insurance, wealth management, mortgage insurance, lifestyle protection insurance and annuities. Products and
    5.80
    5 votes
    69
    Amazon.com

    Amazon.com

    • Issue: AMAZON.COM INC Common Stock
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is an American multinational electronic commerce company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the world's largest online retailer. The company also produces consumer electronics—notably the Amazon Kindle e-book reader and the Kindle Fire tablet computer—and is a major provider of cloud computing services. Amazon has separate retail websites for the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and China, with international shipping to certain other countries for some of its products. It is also expected to launch its websites in Poland, Brazil, Netherlands and Sweden. Jeff Bezos incorporated the company (as Cadabra) in July 1994, and the site went online as amazon.com in 1995. The company was renamed after the Amazon River, one of the largest rivers in the world, which in turn was named after the Amazons, the legendary nation of female warriors in Greek mythology. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry. The company was founded in 1995,
    7.67
    3 votes
    70
    American National Insurance Company

    American National Insurance Company

    • Issue: AMERICAN NATIONAL INSURANCE Common Stock
    American National Insurance Company (ANICO) a major American insurance corporation based in Galveston, Texas. The company and its subsidiaries operate in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. American National was founded in 1905 by Galveston businessman William Lewis Moody, Jr. Today the company offers a wide array of insurance products and services including life insurance, annuities, health insurance, property and casualty insurance, credit insurance, and pension plan services. Through its subsidiary, ANREM, the company founded and developed the large-scale housing development, South Shore Harbour, in League City, Texas. Although a publicly traded company, the majority of the stock continues to be controlled by the Moody family through the Moody Foundation and Libby Shearn Moody Trust, which are administered by the trust department of the family owned Moody National Bank. American National is subject to insurance regulation and examination by all 50 states as well as federal entities like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Federal Trade Commission. In addition, its records are audited by KPMG as well as the major
    7.67
    3 votes
    71
    Clearwire

    Clearwire

    • Issue: CLEARWIRE CORP-CLASS A Common Stock
    Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR) (stylized as clearw˙re) provides mobile and fixed wireless broadband communications services to retail and wholesale customers in Belgium, Spain and the United States. Clearwire traces its roots to 1998, when Sierra Technologies, Inc., spun off certain assets to form a new company, Clearwire Technologies Inc. In October 2003, Craig McCaw purchased Clearwire Technologies, Inc. parent company Clearwire Holdings and moved the company headquarters to Kirkland, Washington. A large percentage of Clearwire shares are owned by a number of larger companies including Sprint Nextel Corporation , Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable Inc., Bright House Networks, LLC, Google Inc. and Intel Corporation. Sprint Nextel is Clearwire's largest single shareholder, owning a 48.1% combined stake. Clearwire provides services to 88 markets in the United States covering 134 million potential subscribers. Clearwire owns rights to radio frequency spectrum in the 2.5 GHz range and provides service primarily using the 4G 802.16e mobile WiMAX standard. Clearwire also provides service to customers in 17 U.S. cities using the Motorola Expedience 802.16d radio interface that
    7.67
    3 votes
    72
    Hormel

    Hormel

    • Issue: HORMEL FOODS CORP Common Stock
    Hormel Foods Corporation is a food company based in southeastern Minnesota (Mower County), perhaps best known as the producer of SPAM luncheon meat. The company was founded as George A. Hormel & Company in Austin, Minnesota, U.S., by George A. Hormel in 1891. The company changed its name to Hormel Foods Corporation 102 years later in 1993. Hormel sells food under many brands, including the Chi-Chi's, Dinty Moore, Farmer John, Herdez, Jennie-O, Lloyd's, SPAM and Stagg brands, as well as under its own name. The company is listed on the Fortune 500. George A. Hormel (born 1860 in Buffalo, New York) worked in a Chicago slaughterhouse before becoming a traveling wool and hide buyer. His travels took him to Austin and he decided to settle there, borrow $500, and open a meat business. Hormel handled the production side of the business and his partner, Albert Friedrich, handled the retail side. The two dissolved their partnership in 1891 so that Hormel could start a complete meat packing operation on his own. He opened George A. Hormel & Co. in the northeast part of Austin in an old creamery building on the Cedar River. To make ends meet in those early days, Hormel continued to trade in
    7.67
    3 votes
    73
    Jackson Hewitt Tax Services

    Jackson Hewitt Tax Services

    • Issue: JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE Common Stock
    Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is the second largest tax preparation service in the United States; responsible for preparing over 2.2 million computerized federal, state, and local individual income tax returns each year. Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, the company currently operates more than 5,802 franchise outlets and 724 owned offices, in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Roughly a quarter of Jackson Hewitt’s offices are located inside Wal-Mart and Kmart stores. Jackson Hewitt offers tax refund-anticipation loans, free electronic filing, tax-preparation training, and tax audit representation. In January 1998, The Cendant Corp., a consumer conglomerate, purchased Jackson Hewitt in a deal valued at approximately $480 million. In 2004, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. was spun off as a separate company. Jackson Hewitt was founded in 1982 by former H&R Block employee John Hewitt. After working in the tax preparation industry for 13 years, he came to the conclusion that tax preparation process could be improved by using computers, and so worked with his father to design a program that streamlined the client interview process. But he was unable to sell it. As a result Hewitt
    7.67
    3 votes
    74
    Marvel Entertainment

    Marvel Entertainment

    • Issue: MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT INC Common Stock
    Marvel Entertainment, LLC, formerly Marvel Enterprises and Toy Biz, Inc., is an American entertainment company formed from the merger of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. and Toy Biz, Inc. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Inc. for $4 billion. It has been a limited liability company (LLC) since then. As of August 2012, Marvel is the highest-grossing movie franchise, with a total of over $5 billion. Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. (Marvel or MEG), the parent company of Marvel Comics and Marvel Productions, was put up for sale as part of the liquidation of its then parent corporation, Cadence Industries, and sold in 1986 to New World Pictures. In 1989, Ronald Perelman's MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings group of companies bought Marvel Entertainment Group from New World for $82.5 million, not including Marvel Productions, which was folded into New World's TV and movie business. "It is a mini-Disney in terms of intellectual property," said Perelman. "Disney's got much more highly recognized characters and softer characters, whereas our characters are termed action heroes. But at Marvel we are now in the business of the creation and marketing of
    7.67
    3 votes
    75
    Allos Therapeutics

    Allos Therapeutics

    • Issue: ALLOS THERAPEUTICS INC Common Stock
    Corporate Overview
    Allos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTH) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.  PDX (pralatrexate) is a small molecule chemotherapeutic agent that inhibits dihdrofolate reductase, or DHFR, a folic acid (folate) dependent enzyme involved in the building of DNA and other processes. PDX was rationally designed for improved transport into tumor cells via the reduced folate carrier (RFC-1), and greater intracellular drug retention. These biochemical features, together with preclinical data in a variety of tumors, suggest that PDX has an enhanced potency and toxicity profile relative to methotrexate and other related DHFR inhibitors. RH1 is a small molecule chemotherapeutic agent that is bioactivated by the enzyme DT-diaphorase, or DTD, which is over-expressed in many tumors relative to normal tissue, including lung, colon, breast and liver tumors.  Because RH1 is bioactivated in the presence of DTD, it has the potential to provide targeted drug delivery to these tumor types while limiting the toxicity to normal tissue.  RH1 has undergone in vivo efficacy testing by the Developmental Therapeutics Program of the National Cancer Institute and has demonstrated significant activity in both NSCLC and ovarian xenograft models.
    10.00
    1 votes
    76
    ANSYS, Inc

    ANSYS, Inc

    • Issue: ANSYS INC Common Stock
    ANSYS, Inc. is an engineering simulation software (computer-aided engineering, or CAE) developer that is headquartered south of Pittsburgh in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. ANSYS was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. In late 2011, Investor's Business Daily ranked ANSYS as one of only six technology businesses worldwide to receive the highest possible score on its SmartSelect Composite Ratings. ANSYS has been recognized as a strong performer by a number of other sources as well. The organization reinvests 15 percent of its revenues each year into research to continually refine the software. ANSYS offers a comprehensive range of engineering simulation solution sets providing access to virtually any field of engineering simulation that a design process requires. Companies in a wide variety of industries use ANSYS software. The tools put a virtual product through a rigorous testing procedure (such as crashing a car into a brick wall, or running for several years on a tarmac road) before it becomes a physical object. Automotive Aerospace Energy Electronics Consumer products Simulation Technology: Structural Mechanics, Multiphysics, Fluid Dynamics, Explicit Dynamics,
    10.00
    1 votes
    77
    Citizens Banking Corporation

    Citizens Banking Corporation

    • Issue: CITIZENS REPUBLIC BANCORP IN Common Stock
    Citizens Republic Bancorp known as Citizens Bank (NASDAQ: CRBC) is an American bank headquartered in Flint, Michigan, and operates in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Citizens National Bank was first established in 1871 at the height of Flint's great lumber industry. Citizens Bank played a key role in the development of the auto industry in this country. One of the founders of General Motors, William C. Durant, has acknowledged that a loan he and his partner, J. Dallas Dort, received from Citizens Bank in 1886 enabled him to start his vehicle manufacturing career.Citizens switch from a national to a state chartered institution in 1890 as Citizens Commercial & Savings Bank. In 1928 the original bank was removed and a new headquarters was build in its place. With the Great Depression, a national bank holiday is declared closing all banks on March 6 to the 13th in 1933. In 1937, the Bank begins its annual Citizens' Holiday Sing. The HQ's Weather Ball was first lights up on August 30, 1956. An early Flint automobile pioneer's son, David T. Dort, joins the Bank's board of directors in 1966. In 1974, the Weather Ball is turned off during the 1970s energy crisis to
    10.00
    1 votes
    78
    Omnivision Technologies

    Omnivision Technologies

    • Issue: OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES INC Common Stock
    OmniVision Technologies Inc. is a corporation that designs and develops digital imaging products. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, OmniVision Technologies has offices in the USA, Western Europe and Asia, including a design center and testing facility in Shanghai, China. The company supplies Apple Inc. with the back-illuminated CMOS sensor found in the iPhone 4's backside camera. In 2005, OmniVision Technologies acquired CDM-Optics, a company founded to commercialize wavefront coding. In August 2011, OmniVision announced that it was working on a sensor that would allow smartphone cameras to be even smaller.
    10.00
    1 votes
    79
    Retail Ventures, Inc.

    Retail Ventures, Inc.

    • Issue: RETAIL VENTURES INC Common Stock
    Retail Ventures was originally created in 2003 as a holding company for DSW (NYSE: DSW), Filene's Basement, and Value City Department Stores. The retailer originally went public in 1991 under the Value City moniker. Value City went on to purchase the DSW shoe business in 1998 and Filene's Basement in 2000. Schottenstein Stores Corp. of Columbus, which held controlling interest of Retail Ventures, also held a stake in the 221-store DSW chain. Jay Schottenstein, chairman and CEO of DSW, was chairman of Retail Ventures and heads Schottenstein Stores Corp. Value City Stores were known as Schottenstein's in the Columbus, Ohio market in honor of its founder Ephraim Schottenstein, but the name was dropped after Value City was sold to Burlington Coat Factory. Retail Ventures Inc stated in December 2006 that it had retained Financo, Inc. and CIBC World Markets Corp to advise it about "strategic alternatives", including a possible sale, for its Value City Department Stores division. Retail Ventures Inc announced on January 23, 2008 the disposition of an 81% ownership interest in its Value City Department Stores business to VCHI Acquisition Co., a newly formed entity owned by VCDS Acquisition
    10.00
    1 votes
    80
    Steelcase

    Steelcase

    • Issue: STEELCASE INC-CL A Common Stock
    Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) is the global leader in the office furnishings industry , offering a portfolio of products and services for workplaces. Founded in 1912, Steelcase has headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, and more than 50 locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The Steelcase Inc. family of brands includes Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, Details®, Nurture®, PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Steelcase specializes in furniture, interior architecture and technology products and services for corporate offices. Through its brands, it also has products for small businesses, healthcare, higher education, and environments for mobile workers. The company markets it products and services worldwide primarily through approximately 650 independent and company-owned dealers, and also sells through a few retail and web-based channels. It has approximately 11,000 employees worldwide. The company has been recognized for its future-focused research into work, workers and workplaces. It is also credited with breakthroughs as a sustainability leader: In 2001, Steelcase’s wood furniture factory became the world’s first manufacturing plant to receive LEED
    10.00
    1 votes
    81
    Xoma Corporation

    Xoma Corporation

    • Issue: XOMA LTD Common Stock
    XOMA is a leading biopharmaceutical company in the field of therapeutic antibody discovery and development. We have a royalty interest in one approved therapeutic antibody, RAPTIVA® (efalizumab), which is marketed in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis under an agreement with Genentech, Inc. as a result of a prior collaborative product development program. We also have royalty interests in additional therapeutic antibody product candidates being developed by others as a result of licensing our technologies. XOMA’s pipeline includes both proprietary products and collaborative programs at various stages of preclinical and clinical development primarily directed toward treatments for cancer and immune disorders. XOMA has contributed key innovations to the field of therapeutic antibodies. Today we possess an exceptionally broad technology platform for the discovery, optimization and manufacture of therapeutic antibodies as well as a fully integrated product development infrastructure for antibodies and other biologics.
    10.00
    1 votes
    82
    Deere & Company

    Deere & Company

    • Issue: DEERE & CO Common Stock
    Deere & Company, usually known by its name John Deere (NYSE: DE), is an American corporation based in Moline, Illinois, and the leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world. In 2012, it was listed as 97th in the Fortune 500 America's ranking and 190th in the Fortune 500 Global ranking. Deere and Company agricultural products, sold under the John Deere name, include tractors, combine harvesters, cotton harvesters, balers, planters/seeders, sprayers, and UTVs. The company is also a leading manufacturer of construction equipment and forestry equipment, as well as a supplier of diesel engines and drivetrains (axles, transmissions, gearboxes) used in heavy equipment. Additionally, John Deere manufactures equipment used in lawn, grounds, and turf care, such as walk-behind lawn mowers, zero-turn lawn mowers, lawn tractors, and snowthrowers. To support the core businesses, John Deere also provides financial services and other related activities. The company's slogan is "Nothing Runs Like a Deere" and has a picture of a leaping deer as a logo, a word play pun on "nothing runs like a deer". Carl Westby is known as the person who coined the phrase "Nothing Runs Like a Deere"
    6.50
    4 votes
    83
    DST Systems Inc.

    DST Systems Inc.

    • Issue: DST SYSTEMS INC Common Stock
    DST Systems Inc. is a software development firm that specializes in information processing and management, with the goal of improving efficiency, productivity, and customer service. DST was founded in 1969 as Data-Sys-Tance, a division of Kansas City Southern Industries, and is currently headquartered near Kansas City Southern's headquarters on Quality Hill in Kansas City, Missouri. DST Systems Inc. produces the AWD, or Automated Work Distributor, software package, which is a business process management solution. Its primary purpose is to increase back-office efficiency through workflow and imaging. It also helps to reduce paper in the office, moving businesses towards the paperless office. DST Systems, Inc. is headed by CEO Thomas McDonnell, President Steve Hooley, and CFO Kenneth Hager. Internationally, many of DST Systems products are sold by its subsidiary DST Global Solutions. DST Systems main competition includes Envision Financial Systems, PFPC, SunGard, Northern Trust and US Bancorp Fund Services. DST Systems also does business, through a joint venture with State Street Corporation, as Boston Financial Data Services as well as International Financial Data Services in
    6.50
    4 votes
    84
    Masco Corporation

    Masco Corporation

    • Issue: MASCO CORP Common Stock
    Masco Corporation is a Fortune 500 company that focuses on manufacturing and distribution of building products and branded consumer products for the home improvement and construction markets. The company is a leading provider of variety of services including installation of insulation solutions for buildings, and building products such as shelving, windows, cabinetry, fireplaces, portable spas, bathroom accessories, garage doors, and products related to gutters. In 2010, the company had worldwide sales of $ 7.6 billion and approximately 90 manufacturing facilities. The current CEO is Timothy Wadhams. Masco currently employs approximately 32,500 employees and has approximately 6,000 shareholders. The company is currently ranked at 223 on the Fortune 500, down from 190 in 2007. As of December 31, 2007, Masco had a little over ten billion dollars in assets, and the company’s total revenue was $11.77 billion. Total sales for the company in 2009 were 7.8 billion. Initially organized in 1929 as Masco Screw Products Company by Alex Manoogian in Taylor, Michigan. The company went public on the Detroit Stock Exchange in 1936. Masco Screw Products Company produced machined automotive parts
    6.50
    4 votes
    85
    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

    • Issue: SCHNITZER STEEL INDS INC-A Common Stock
    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is an American steel manufacturing company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1906, the company deals mainly in recycled steel. In 2004, the company was ranked fourth in The Seattle Times Northwest 100 list of public companies. As of 2006, it was the tenth largest public company in Oregon by market capitalization. In 2007, Schnitzer ranked 901st on the Fortune 1000 list of the largest companies in the United States with annual revenues of $1.85 billion. Founded in 1906 by Sam Schnitzer, the company started as a one-person scrap metal recycler. In 1946, the company incorporated. The company went public in 1993 in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of $18 per share for 2,750,000 shares. In 2005, Schnitzer Steel acquired GreenLeaf Auto Recyclers, LLC and Regional Recycling LLC. The company purchased Max Cohen and Sons, a metals recycler based in New Hampshire, in December 2006. By the end of 2006 Schnitzer operated 28 facilities in 11 states, and by December 2007 increased the number of facilities to 34. That month the Securities and Exchange Commission levied charges against former chairman and CEO Robert Philip for allegedly
    6.50
    4 votes
    86
    MICROS Systems

    MICROS Systems

    • Issue: MICROS SYSTEMS INC Common Stock
    MICROS Systems, Inc., is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, USA. The company manufactures and sells computer hardware, software, and services for the restaurant point of sale, hotel, hospitality, specialty retail markets and other similar markets. Analyst estimates cited in 2003 put MICROS' market share at about 35% of the restaurant point-of-sale business. MICROS Systems' software and hardware is used in the restaurant industry and primarily includes touchscreen computers for the serving staff to place orders, which are then sent to kitchen and bar printers for preparation. The back-office and enterprise software allow different types of reports, such as total sales and total menu items sold, to be produced. MICROS provides different products for different restaurant sizes and styles, including products for single-entity restaurants, major chain restaurants (with centralized reporting) and multiple-restaurant properties, including casinos, stadiums and cruise ships. MICROS products have the ability to interface to other systems such as inventory control systems and hotel systems. MICROS-Fidelio, a division/part of MICROS, offers several products for hotel systems including
    4.83
    6 votes
    87
    Alaska Communications Systems

    Alaska Communications Systems

    • Issue: ALASKA COMM SYSTEMS GROUP Common Stock
    Alaska Communications (formerly Alaska Communications Systems or ACS) is a telecommunications corporation headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. It was the first telecommunications provider in the state of Alaska to maintain a third-generation wireless network and the only provider in Alaska that owns fully incorporated infrastructure for the major telecommunications platforms; wireless communications, Internet networking, and local and long distance phone service. Alaska Communications wireline operations include advanced data networks and a diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. The Alaska Communications wireless operations include a statewide 3G CDMA network, and coverage extends from the North Slope to Southeast Alaska.
    8.50
    2 votes
    88
    Alliant Energy

    Alliant Energy

    • Issue: ALLIANT ENERGY CORP Common Stock
    Alliant Energy Corporation is a public utility holding company that incorporated in Madison, Wisconsin in 1981. It consists of two subsidiaries: Alliant Energy Corporation is a public utility holding company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Alliant Energy's two regulated utilities include Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL). IPL started in 1925 as the Interstate Power Company (IPC) and which was a consolidation of several small utility companies scattered across northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. IPC merged or consolidated with several other Iowa based utilities before forming IPL, which was later merged with WPL. IPC expanded greatly in the late 1920s to include operations in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Manitoba (Canada). One of the largest purchases in the late 1920s was the purchase of what became its northern Minnesota territory from the Wilbur Foshay interests. In the 1930s and 1940s, the effects of the Depression and passage of laws to regulate utility operations at the state and federal level had an effect on IPC as well as its neighbors. In Iowa, the legislature passed
    8.50
    2 votes
    89
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc.

    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc.

    • Issue: AMERICAN AXLE & MFG HOLDINGS Common Stock
    American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM) (NYSE: AXL), headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, is a manufacturer of automobile driveline and drivetrain components and systems. AAM was founded in 1994 when a private investor group, led by Richard E. "Dick" Dauch, James W. McLernon, Raymond Park and Morton E. Harris purchased the Final Drive and Forge Business Unit from GM's Saginaw Division. In 1999, AAM went public, and is traded as "AXL" on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AAM has grown to supply various OEM manufacturers around the globe in the passenger car, light truck, and commercial vehicle segments. AAM's World Headquarters building, erected in 2004, is located on the Detroit/Hamtramck border. On February 26, 2008, approximately 3600 AAM employees went on what would be a three month long strike to protest a proposed wage and benefit cut by the company's management. The proposal would reduce workers' hourly wage from $28 to $14 and would also cut benefits. The strike cost General Motors $2.6 billion as the automaker lost the production of its Chevrolet Malibu sedan and other vehicles.
    8.50
    2 votes
    90
    American Technology Corporation

    American Technology Corporation

    • Issue: AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY CORP/DEL Common Stock
    LRAD Corporation (NASDAQ: LRAD) is based in San Diego, California. Its Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) product is used for long range communications, crowd control and distant hailing. The company was previously named American Technology Corporation (ATC). The company's stock trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market with the ticker symbol "LRAD." LRAD was founded in Utah by inventor/entrepreneur Elwood "Woody" Norris as the American Technology Corporation in 1980 (entity # 734088-0142). From 1988 to early 1992 the company was inactive. Norris recapitalized the company as a Delaware Corporation in 1992. In 1996, the company launched its first directed sound technology and began engineering sound solutions for the commercial, government, and military markets. In response to the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, the company's engineering team developed the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). With the introduction of LRAD systems in 2003, the company entered the acoustic hailing device (AHD) market. Today, LRAD directional sound systems are being used around the world in diverse applications including fixed and mobile military deployments, maritime security, critical infrastructure and
    8.50
    2 votes
    91
    Bob Evans Restaurants

    Bob Evans Restaurants

    • Issue: BOB EVANS FARMS Common Stock
    Bob Evans Farms, Inc. is a food service, processing, and retail company based in Columbus, Ohio. The company is named after its founder, Bob Evans (1918–2007). It operates two family dining restaurant chains in the United States, Bob Evans Restaurants and Mimi's Cafe. Its food processing and retail enterprise products are manufactured and sold under the Bob Evans and Owens Country Sausage brand names. The Bob Evans Restaurant chain started from a single truck stop diner near the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio in 1953. The chain has grown to nearly 570 locations in 23 states, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, and upper Southern states. All locations are corporately owned, not franchised. The restaurant chain started after Bob Evans kept hearing patrons comment that his sausage was superior. Bob slaughtered and packaged his pork sausage using a unique recipe, but did not have the capacity to fill large orders. He contracted with his cousin Tim Evans of Evans Packing Co. to package Bob Evans Sausage products. In the early years of The Bob Evans History, Bob was know to have made his way across the Southern Ohio Hills seeking some of the best cuts of meat. He was very well
    8.50
    2 votes
    92
    Gray Television

    Gray Television

    • Issue: GRAY TELEVISION INC Common Stock
    Gray Television, Inc. is a communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with administrative offices in Albany, Georgia. Established in 1946 by James H. Gray a naturalized New Englander who moved to Southwest Georgia to form Gray Communications System (now Gray Television Group) which has grown since 1993 into a modern day, successful television group based out of Atlanta, Georgia through a series of acquisitions ranging from 1993-2002. Gray Television currently owns 36 television stations serving 30 mainly mid-size and small-size media markets. (The highest-ranked market Gray serves is Knoxville, Tennessee, the 59th ranked market in 2008.) One of the stations is affiliated with FOX, 6 are with ABC, 10 are with NBC, and 17 are affiliated with CBS (making Gray the largest independent owner of CBS affiliates in the country). Among their stations, Gray also operates a total of 38 digital subchannels. Eleven of the subchannels are affiliated with MyNetworkTV, 7 are with The CW, 5 are with FOX, 1 carries Universal Sports, 1 repeats a cable-only ABC station, and 5 broadcast weather information exclusively. The combined station group has 21 stations ranked #1 in local news
    8.50
    2 votes
    93
    Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    • Issue: KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP Common Stock
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB, BMV: KIMBER) is an American personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products. Kimberly-Clark brand name products include "Kleenex" facial tissue, "Kotex" feminine hygiene products, "Cottonelle", Scott and Andrex toilet paper, Wypall utility wipes, "KimWipes" scientific cleaning wipes, and "Huggies" disposable diapers. Based in Irving, Texas, it has approximately 56,000 employees. Kimberly-Clark UK holds a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales in the United Kingdom. Kimberly Clark is also listed among the Fortune 500. Kimberly, Clark and Co. was founded in 1872 by John A. Kimberly, Havilah Babcock, Charles B. Clark, and Franklyn C. Shattuck in Neenah, Wisconsin with US$30,000 capitalization. The group's first business was operating paper mills, which the collective expanded throughout the following decades. In 1914 the company developed cellu-cotton, a cotton substitute used by the United States Army as surgical cotton during World War I. Army nurses used cellu-cotton pads as disposable sanitary napkins, and six years later the company introduced Kotex, the first disposable feminine hygiene
    8.50
    2 votes
    94
    Actel

    Actel

    • Issue: ACTEL CORP Common Stock
    Actel Corporation (formerly NASDAQ:ACTL) is a manufacturer of nonvolatile, low-power field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), mixed-signal FPGAs, and programmable logic solutions. It is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices worldwide. Actel became a publicly traded company in 1985 and became known for its high-reliability and antifuse-based FPGAs, dominating the military and aerospace markets. In 2000, Actel acquired GateField which expanded Actel's antifuse FPGA offering to include flash-based FPGAs. In 2004, Actel announced it had shipped the one-millionth unit of its flash-based ProASIC FPGA. In 2005, Actel introduced a new technology known as Fusion to bring FPGA programmability to mixed-signal solutions. Fusion was the first technology to integrate mixed-signal analog capabilities with flash memory and FPGA fabric in a monolithic device. In 2006, to address the tight power budgets of the portable market, Actel introduced the IGLOO FPGA. The IGLOO family of FPGAs was based on Actel's nonvolatile flash technology and the ProASIC 3 FPGA architecture. Two new IGLOO derivatives were added in 2008: IGLOO PLUS FPGAs with enhanced I/O capabilities, and IGLOO nano
    7.33
    3 votes
    95
    Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Cognizant Technology Solutions

    • Issue: COGNIZANT TECH SOLUTIONS-A Common Stock
    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) is an American multinational provider of custom information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing (BPO) services. It is headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. Cognizant is included in the NASDAQ-100 and the S&P 500 indices. Originally founded as an in-house technology unit of Dun & Bradstreet in 1994, Cognizant started serving external clients in 1996. Cognizant's IPO was launched in 1998, after a series of corporate splits and restructures of its parent companies. During the dot com bust, it grew by accepting the application maintenance work that the bigger players were unwilling to perform. Gradually, it ventured into application development, complex systems integration and consulting work. Cognizant saw a period of fast growth during the 2000s, becoming a Fortune 500 company in 2011. In 2011, the Fortune magazine named it as the world's third most admired IT services company after Accenture and IBM. The company that is now called Cognizant has its roots in The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, an India-based joint venture between Dun & Bradstreet (76%) and Satyam Computers (24%). Srini Raju was the CEO of this
    7.33
    3 votes
    96
    Elbit Systems

    Elbit Systems

    • Issue: ELBIT SYSTEMS LTD Common Stock
    Elbit Systems Ltd. is a defense electronics manufacturers and integrators. Established in 1967, and based in Haifa, Israel, Elbit employs 11,000 people worldwide. Elbit Systems is traded on NASDAQ as well as on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange where it is a constitute of the TA-25 Index of leading shares; As of 2010, over 45% of its stock is owned or controlled by Michael Federmann, who serves as the company's Chairman of the Board. Elbit Systems was founded in 1966 by Elron Electronic Industries (TASE: ELRN), which combined the existing expertise within the Israel Ministry of Defense-Research Institute in special computer design with Elron's experience in electronic product design, manufacture and management (initially under the name Elbit Computers). Elbit steadily expanded developing and producing logistic-support weapon delivery and navigation systems for most Israeli aircraft, establishing a combat avionics package for the IAI Lavi fighter aircraft, and producing a fire-control system for the Merkava tank. In 1996, Elbit spun off into three independent companies: In 2000 Elbit Systems merged with El-Op (a company controlled by the current Chairman, Michael Federmann), creating the
    7.33
    3 votes
    97
    Energizer Holdings

    Energizer Holdings

    • Issue: ENERGIZER HOLDINGS INC Common Stock
    Energizer Holdings is an American manufacturer of batteries and personal care products, headquartered in Town and Country, Missouri. Its most well known brands are Energizer and Eveready batteries, Schick, Wilkinson Sword and Edge shaving products, Playtex feminine hygiene and baby products, and Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat sunscreen products. The company sells in over 165 countries. The company has its foundation in the Eveready Battery Company, which in 1980 renamed its Eveready Alkaline Power Cell to Energizer. In 1986, Eveready Battery Company was sold to animal and human food manufacturer Ralston Purina. In 2000, Ralston spun off Eveready, and it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange as Energizer Holdings, Inc.. In 2003 under the leadership of then Chief Executive Officer J. Patrick Mulcahy, Energizer Holdings started expanding into the personal care product sector by buying razor brands Schick and Wilkinson Sword from Pfizer. In October 2007, the company acquired Playtex Products, Inc. for $1.9 billion. The purchase included sunscreen brand Hawaiian Tropic, which Playtex had bought a few months earlier, and Sun Pharmaceuticals Corp., which manufactures the Banana Boat
    7.33
    3 votes
    98
    Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company

    Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company

    • Issue: GREAT LAKES DREDGE & DOCK CO Common Stock
    Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company is an American company providing construction services in dredging and land reclamation, currently the largest such provider in the United States. GLD&D operates primarily in the United States but conducts one-quarter of its business overseas. It is currently based in Oak Brook, Illinois. The company was founded in 1890 as the partnership of William A. Lydon & Fred C. Drews and was named Lydon & Drews dredging company. Early projects included the shoreline structures for the Chicago's Columbian Exposition. The company soon had satellite operations throughout the Great Lakes. It was renamed the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLD&D) in 1905. Between 1900 and 1950, GLD&D undertook major projects such as the Sabin Lock, straightening of the Chicago River west of the Chicago Loop, the Michigan Avenue Bridge, foundation landfill and reclamation of the area where the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Soldier Field, Meigs Field and Field Museum of Natural History stand today in Chicago and harbor work for the Naval Station Great Lakes. During the Second World War, GLD&D constructed the MacArthur Lock. After the Second World War, GLD&D
    6.25
    4 votes
    99
    J.B. Hunt

    J.B. Hunt

    • Issue: HUNT (JB) TRANSPRT SVCS INC Common Stock
    J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) is a trucking and transportation company that was founded by Johnnie Bryan Hunt, and based in the Northwest Arkansas city of Lowell. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. was incorporated in Arkansas on August 10, 1961 and originally started with five trucks and seven refrigerated trailers to support the original rice hull business. By 1983, J.B. Hunt had grown into the 80th largest trucking firm in the U.S. and earned $63 million in revenue. At that time J.B. Hunt was operating 550 tractors, 1,049 trailers, and had roughly 1,050 employees. Today this company has grown into one of the largest transportation companies in the United States with annual revenues of over $3 billion. J.B. Hunt primarily operates large semi-trailer trucks, and provides transportation services throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. The company currently employs over 16,000 employees and operates in excess of 12,000 trucks. Over 47,000 trailers and containers can be found in the company's fleet. J.B. Hunt's major competitors in the United States are YRC Worldwide, Inc., Swift Transportation, Schneider National and Werner Enterprises. J.B.
    6.25
    4 votes
    100
    Magna International

    Magna International

    • Issue: MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC-CL A Common Stock
    Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG)(NYSE: MGA) is a global automotive supplier headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. It is North America's largest automobile parts manufacturer, and one of Canada's largest companies. Its operating groups include Magna Steyr, Magna Powertrain, Magna Exteriors and Interiors, Magna Seating, Magna Closures, Magna Mirrors, Magna Electronics and Cosma International. Magna manufactures auto parts that are primarily supplied to General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler LLC. In addition to the Big 3 U.S. automakers, Magna's major customers include Volkswagen, BMW and Toyota. In Europe, Magna Steyr holds contracts for the assembly of the Peugeot RCZ, Aston Martin Rapide and Mini Countryman. Magna has approximately 111,000 employees in 294 manufacturing operations and 87 product development, engineering and sales centres in 26 countries. Magna’s capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of exterior systems, interior systems, seating systems, closure systems, vision systems, powertrain systems, electronic systems, roof systems, body & chassis systems, hybrid & electric vehicle systems, and vehicle engineering & contract
    6.25
    4 votes
    101
    Tesco

    Tesco

    • Issue: TESCO CORP Common Stock
    Tesco plc (LSE: TSCO) is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Cheshunt, United Kingdom. It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues (after Wal-Mart and Carrefour) and the second-largest measured by profits (after Wal-Mart). It has stores in 14 countries across Asia, Europe and North America and is the grocery market leader in the UK (where it has a market share of around 30%), Malaysia, the Republic of Ireland and Thailand. The company was founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen as a group of market stalls. The Tesco name first appeared in 1924, after Cohen purchased a shipment of tea from T. E. Stockwell and combined those initials with the first two letters of his surname, and the first Tesco store opened in 1929 in Burnt Oak, Middlesex. His business expanded rapidly, and by 1939 he had over 100 Tesco stores across the country. Originally a UK-focused grocery retailer, since the early 1990s Tesco has increasingly diversified geographically and into areas such as the retailing of books, clothing, electronics, furniture, petrol and software; financial services; telecoms and internet services; DVD rental; and music downloads.
    6.25
    4 votes
    102
    BOK Financial Corporation

    BOK Financial Corporation

    • Issue: BOK FINANCIAL CORPORATION Common Stock
    BOK Financial Corporation, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a financial services company in the West South Central States region of the United States. The corporate headquarters is located in the BOK Tower in downtown Tulsa. BOK Financial's holdings include BOKF, NA, BOSC, Inc, Cavanal Hill Investment Management and Southwest Trust Company. BOKF, NA operates seven banking divisions: Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arizona, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Kansas City, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas, and Colorado State Bank and Trust. BOKF, NA has full-service banks located in eight states. BOSC, Inc., the broker/dealer subsidiary, provides brokerage services in 10 states. BOKF has a market value of approximately $3.7 billion USD as June 21, 2011. BOK traces its roots to the Exchange National Bank of Tulsa, which was formed in 1910 when four men bought the remains of the failed Farmers National Bank. One of the bank's major investors was Harry F. Sinclair, who became the bank's president. In 1917, Exchange National Bank of Tulsa began construction of a headquarters building in Tulsa at Third Street and Boston Avenue. In 1928, the bank constructed a 28-story tower adjacent to the initial
    7.00
    3 votes
    103
    Boyd Gaming

    Boyd Gaming

    • Issue: BOYD GAMING CORP Common Stock
    Boyd Gaming Corporation is a Paradise, Nevada based business engaged in the development, ownership and operation of hotels and casinos throughout the United States. The company continues to be run by founder Sam Boyd's family under the management of Sam's son, Bill Boyd (born 1931), who currently serves as the company's executive chairman after retiring as CEO in January 2008. As of 31 December 2009, the 15 wholly owned properties had 7,550 hotel rooms, 812,500 square feet (75,480 m) of casino space with 21,400 slot machines and 425 table games. Gaming revenue is 75% of total gross revenue. In addition the corporation has a 50% share in the Borgata, Atlantic City's top-grossing casino resort. Boyd Gaming's history dates to 1941, when founder Sam Boyd first arrived in Las Vegas with his family. After being hired as a dealer, Sam Boyd worked his way up through the ranks of the Las Vegas casino industry, first to pit boss, then shift boss. He eventually saved enough to buy a small interest in the Sahara Hotel and Casino; later, Sam Boyd left the Sahara to become general manager and partner of The Mint Las Vegas. Sam Boyd first partnered with his son Bill in 1962, when the two teamed
    7.00
    3 votes
    104
    Sears Holdings Corporation

    Sears Holdings Corporation

    • Issue: SEARS HOLDINGS CORP Common Stock
    Sears Holdings Corporation is an American retailer formed in 2005 by the merger of Sears, Roebuck and Co., of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, with Kmart Holdings Corporation, of Troy, Michigan. The company operates 4,000 retail locations under the mastheads of Sears, Sears Grand, Sears Hometown Stores, Sears Hardware, Kmart, Big Kmart, Super Kmart, The Great Indoors, and Lands' End stores. It is the tenth largest retailer by annual revenue in the United States trailing behind Walmart, Kroger, Target, Walgreens, The Home Depot, Costco, CVS Caremark, Lowe's and Best Buy. The company maintains its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates. On November 17, 2004, Kmart Holdings Corporation announced its intention to purchase Sears, Roebuck and Co. The new corporation announced that it would continue to operate stores under both the Sears and Kmart brands. The merger of Kmart and Sears closed on March 24, 2005, following affirmative shareholder votes of both companies. Sears Holdings now operates Sears and Kmart stores. The company continues to market products under brands held by both companies. The two companies cited several reasons for combining forces: The company is directed by a board
    7.00
    3 votes
    105
    Echelon Corporation

    Echelon Corporation

    • Issue: ECHELON CORP Common Stock
    Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) is an American company which designs control networks to connect machines and other electronic devices, for the purposes of sensing, monitoring and control. Echelon's LonWorks platform for control networking was released in 1990 for use in the building, industrial, transportation, and home automation markets. Launched in 2003, Echelon's Networked Energy Services system is an open metering infrastructure. Echelon provides the underlying network technology for the world's largest Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in Italy with over 27 million connected electricity meters and more recently it won tenders to provide the NES System to several hundred thousand customers of utilities in Sweden and The Netherlands. Echelon is based in San Jose, California, with international offices in China, France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
    6.00
    4 votes
    106
    Electronic Arts

    Electronic Arts

    • Issue: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC Common Stock
    Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) (NASDAQ: EA) is an American developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games. Founded and incorporated on May 28, 1982 by Trip Hawkins, the company was a pioneer of the early home computer games industry and was notable for promoting the designers and programmers responsible for its games. Electronic Arts is the world's third-largest gaming company by revenue after Nintendo and Activision Blizzard. Originally, EA was a home computing game publisher. In the late 1980s, the company began developing games in-house and supported consoles by the early 1990s. EA later grew via acquisition of several successful developers. By the early 2000s, EA had become one of the world's largest third-party publishers. On May 4, 2011, EA reported $3.8 billion in revenues for the fiscal year ending March 2011, and on January 13, 2012, EA announced that it had exceeded $1 billion in digital revenue during the previous calendar year. In a note to employees, EA CEO John Riccitiello called this “an incredibly important milestone” for the company. EA began to move toward direct distribution of digital games and services with the acquisition of the popular online
    6.00
    4 votes
    107
    Airvana

    Airvana

    • Issue: AIRVANA INC Common Stock
    Airvana is a provider of Mobile Broadband network infrastructure systems and femtocells based on third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 EV-DO and UMTS mobile broadband technology. Airvana products enable mobile operators to deliver mobile Internet access at speeds up to 3.1 Mbit/s. Airvana was founded in 2000 by Motorola executives Sanjeev Verma and Vedat Eyuboglu Airvana provides technology for mobile networks to support mobile broadband information, communication and entertainment services. Airvana’s IP-RN Series products form the radio access infrastructure for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (1xEvolution Data Optimized) networks. 1xEV-DO is a third generation broadband wireless packet data technology that is enabling wireless service providers to provide mobile broadband connectivity. As of April 2008, there were more than 100 million EV-DO subscribers. Airvana’s HubBub femtocells products are small cellular access points that connect to a mobile operator’s network through broadband (such as DSL or cable) internet connections. They are designed to improve coverage for mobile phone users inside buildings. Airvana’s femtocells currently support CDMA mobile networks. A previous UMTS femtocell product
    8.00
    2 votes
    108
    Amicus Therapeutics

    Amicus Therapeutics

    • Issue: AMICUS THERAPEUTICS INC Common Stock
    Amicus Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of a new class of small molecule, orally-administered drugs to treat a range of human genetic diseases. Amicus’ innovative therapies apply to conditions in which crucial proteins are defective as a result of improper folding. Instead of trying to replace these complex proteins, Amicus’ approach uses pharmacological chaperones to selectively bind to the misfolded target protein, increase stability, and help the protein fold into its proper three-dimensional shape.  This allows the protein to be trafficked to the specific location in the cell, where it performs its intended biological function.  Pharmacological chaperone technology represents a novel, next-generation approach to the management of human genetic diseases and offers the potential to improve treatment options for patients. Founded in 2002, Amicus has assembled an outstanding leadership team that includes scientific, medical, regulatory, and business professionals with successful track records of developing and bringing to market drugs for rare genetic diseases. Amicus continues to develop its pharmacological chaperone technology and has built a significant intellectual property portfolio, as well as a robust clinical and preclinical pipeline of small molecule, orally-administered agents. Amicus’ most advanced product candidate, AT1001, is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials for Fabry disease.  In Phase 1 studies in healthy volunteers, AT1001 was well tolerated, even at the highest doses, without any drug-related adverse events.  In addition, AT1001 was shown to have high oral bioavailability and good pharmacokinetics. Finally, studies showed a statistically significant and dose-related increase in the level of the target enzyme in healthy volunteers. The company’s second most advanced clinical product candidate, AT2101, is in Phase 2 clinical trials for Gaucher disease.  Animal studies have demonstrated that administration of AT2101 causes a dose-dependent increase in the level of the enzyme known to be deficient in Gaucher disease. Amicus’ third most advanced product candidate is AT2220 for the treatment of Pompe disease.  Preclinical studies have demonstrated that administration of AT2220 causes an increase in the level of the enzyme known to be deficient in Pompe disease. Phase 1 trials are ongoing. Additionally, Amicus’ biologists and medicinal chemists are leveraging the company’s breakthrough scientific platform to conduct targeted drug development, allowing for the rapid identification and optimization of lead compounds across a variety of disease areas, including Parkinson's Disease. Amicus has broad, issued intellectual property around the methods, use, and composition of pharmacological chaperones to treat genetic diseases. In addition to the currently issued patents, Amicus has several patent applications pending. Amicus has attracted support from a number of leading venture firms and in 2006 completed a $60 million Series D financing. Amicus Therapeutics' headquarters and laboratories are located in Cranbury, NJ.
    8.00
    2 votes
    109
    Aon Corp.

    Aon Corp.

    • Issue: AON CORP Common Stock
    Aon plc is a British multinational corporation headquartered in London, United Kingdom, that provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital and management consulting. Aon has approximately 600 offices worldwide, serving 120 countries with 61,000 employees. In January 2012, Aon announced that headquarters would be moved from Chicago to London. Aon is the largest reinsurance broker in the world. In 2011, Aon was ranked as the largest insurance broker in the world based on revenue. As of 2012, Aon is the principal sponsor of the Premier League team Manchester United. Aon was created in 1982, when the Ryan Insurance Group (founded by Pat Ryan in the 1960s) merged with the Combined Insurance Company of America (founded by W. Clement Stone in 1919). In 1987, that company was renamed to Aon, a Gaelic word meaning oneness. Combined Insurance was sold to ACE Limited in April 2008. Aon is a global provider of insurance and reinsurance brokerage services, insurance products, risk and insurance advice, web-based risk management information systems, as well as other consulting services. The company operates in three major segments: commercial brokerage,
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    110
    Digimarc Corporation

    Digimarc Corporation

    • Issue: DIGIMARC CORP Common Stock
    Digimarc is a digital watermarking technology provider enabling the invisible embedding of information into many forms of content, including printed material, audio, video, imagery, and certain objects. Digimarc technology provides solutions for media identification and management, counterfeit and piracy deterrence, and digital commerce. Digimarc was founded by Geoff Rhoads, an astrophysicist with a background in deep space imaging. Initial inspiration for the company came while photographing images of the planet Jupiter. He felt that his digital images were vulnerable on the internet, even with copyright protection. Recognizing the need for a better way to protect and track digital images, Rhoads began the initial research and development of invisible watermarking, laying the foundation of Digimarc Corporation, which was founded in May, 1995. In 1996, after initial venture funding, Digimarc released its first product: a digital watermarking plug-in bundled with Adobe Photoshop, Corel, and Micrografix. In 1997, Digimarc’s first patent was awarded. After a second round of venture funding and increased investments in research and technology, Digimarc signed a multi-year contract with
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    2 votes
    111
    Flextronics

    Flextronics

    • Issue: FLEXTRONICS INTL LTD Common Stock
    Flextronics International Ltd. (simply known as Flextronics or Flex) is a Singaporean electronics manufacturing services provider that offers services to original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Flextronics in 2011 was ranked, according to CircuitsAssembly.com, as the second largest global Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) by revenue. Flextronics has manufacturing operations in over 30 countries, totaling approximately 27.2 million square feet (as of March 2009). In 1969, the company was founded in Silicon Valley as Flextronics, Inc. by Joe McKenzie. In 1980, the company was sold to Bob Todd, Joe Sullivan and Jack Watts. In 1981, the company became the first U.S. manufacturer to go offshore, starting a manufacturing facility in Singapore. That same year, Flextronics became a publicly held company. In 1990, the company returned to being a private company in a leveraged buyout and was renamed as Flextronics International, Ltd. with Singapore as its new base. In 1993, the company received venture capital funding through Sequoia Capital, and became a public held company again in 1994. The company closed its contract electronic manufacturing plant in Richardson, Texas in 1996.
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    2 votes
    112
    J.C. Penney

    J.C. Penney

    • Issue: J.C. PENNEY CO INC Common Stock
    J. C. Penney Company, Inc., known as JCPenney (stylized as jcp and jcpenney) and formerly known as Penneys, is a chain of American mid-range department stores based in Plano, Texas. The company operates 1,107 department stores in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, and previously operated a catalog business and several discount outlets. In addition to selling conventional merchandise, JCPenney stores often house several leased departments such as Sephora, Seattle's Best Coffee, optical centers, portrait studios, and jewelry repair. Most JCPenney stores are located in suburban shopping malls. Before 1966, most of its stores were located in downtown areas. As shopping malls became more popular in the latter half of the 20th century, JCPenney followed the trend by relocating and developing stores to anchor the malls. In more recent years, the chain has continued to follow consumer traffic, echoing the retailing trend of opening some standalone stores, including some next door to competitors. Certain stores are located in power centers. The company has been an Internet retailer since 1998. It has streamlined its catalog and distribution while undergoing renovation improvements at store
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    2 votes
    113
    Pitney Bowes

    Pitney Bowes

    • Issue: PITNEY BOWES INC Common Stock
    Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) is a Stamford, Connecticut-based manufacturer of software and hardware and a provider of services related to documents, packaging, mailing, and shipping. The company has approximately 28,000 employees worldwide. It is one of 87 existing firms that have been members of the S&P 500 since its creation in 1957. Other major U.S. centers of operation include Danbury, Connecticut; Shelton, Connecticut; Troy, New York; and Lanham, Maryland. In 1902, Arthur Pitney patented his first "double-locking" hand-cranked postage-stamping machine, and, with patent attorney Eugene A. Rummler, founded the Pitney Postal Machine Company. In 1908, English emigrant and founder of the Universal Stamping Machine Company Walter Bowes began providing stamp-canceling machines to the United States Postal Service. Bowes moved his operations to Stamford in 1917. A rapid increase in mail volume in 1919 made the Post Office more receptive to metered mail, and Pitney subsequently traveled to meet Bowes. On March 15, 1920, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing mechanical stamps on First-Class Mail, and on April 23, 1920, the two companies merged to form the
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    2 votes
    114
    Praxair

    Praxair

    • Issue: PRAXAIR INC Common Stock
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company supplies atmospheric, process and specialty gases as well as high-performance coatings and related services to a wide diversity of customers around the world. Praxair has operations in over 30 countries and approximately 3,000 patents. Praxair serves a wide range of industries including metals, health care, food & beverage, energy, aerospace, chemicals, electronics, manufacturing, and others. Headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, the company was originally founded in 1907 when it was the first company in North America to commercialize cryogenically separated oxygen. The company introduced the first distribution system for liquid gas in 1917, and developed on-site gas supply by the end of World War II. In the 1960s, Praxair introduced non-cryogenic means of air separation, and since then has continued to introduce innovative applications technologies for various industries. The company is present in different locations in the world. Excluding Australia, it is present in almost every continent. In South America it is known as White Martins. In
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    2 votes
    115
    Valence Technology

    Valence Technology

    • Issue: VALENCE TECHNOLOGY INC Common Stock
    Valence Technology, Inc. develops and manufactures advanced lithium iron phosphate cathode materials as well as programmable battery modules and trays. Valence's products are used in electric vehicle and Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) such as cars, scooters, motorbikes, commercial vehicles such as buses, delivery vans and trucks. Valence batteries are also used in wheelchairs, medical carts, robotics, as well as stationary applications such as remote power, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), community energy storage, frequency regulation and switching gear in telecoms. Founded in 1989 as a research and development company by Lev Dawson Valence has its headquarters in Austin, Texas, and facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mallusk, Northern Ireland, and Suzhou, China. Carl Berg is Chairman and principal stockholder of Valence Technology and in March 2007, Robert L. Kanode was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer. The company holds an extensive, international patent portfolio of issued and pending lithium phosphate patents. Valence manufacturers its cathode material and packs in two wholly owned subsidiaries Valence Energy Tech in Suzhou, China. Companies
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    2 votes
    116
    Victoria's Secret

    Victoria's Secret

    • Issue: LIMITED BRANDS INC Common Stock
    Victoria's Secret is the largest American retailer of lingerie with over 1,000 Victoria's Secret stores in the U.S., annually mailing out 375 million catalogues and with sales in 2006 of over $5 billion with an operating income of $1 billion. Additionly the company sells women's wear and beauty products and is the largest segment of its parent company; the publicly traded Limited Brands company. Victoria's Secret is known for its annual fashion show, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and its catalogs, both of which feature top fashion models. Victoria's Secret is recognized as having transformed the norms around underwear making "lingerie mainstream entertainment" and being instrumental in "the increased cultural acceptance of shopping for undies" in the United States. Victoria's Secret was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1977 by Tufts University and Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus Roy Raymond, and his wife Gaye. Most women across the United States during the early 1980s purchased "pragmatic" underwear from mass retailers in packs of three--including brands Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, and Jockey.. Department stores lingerie is reported to have been "dowdy" in
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    2 votes
    117
    Deluxe Corporation

    Deluxe Corporation

    • Issue: DELUXE CORP Common Stock
    Deluxe Corporation is one of the two largest check printers in the United States, and provides various personalized products and services to small businesses, financial institutions, and consumers. Some of the services available from Deluxe Corp are design services, website services, print marketing, promotional products, and fraud protection services. Deluxe and its subsidiary brands including New England Business Services Inc. (NEBS), McBee (formerly Royal McBee) and Checks Unlimited are organized into three business segments: Deluxe is based in Shoreview, Minnesota and has 33 facilities in the U.S. and 3 locations in Canada to conduct its printing and fulfillment, call center, and administrative functions. The company was founded as Deluxe Check Printers in 1915 by W.R. Hotchkiss in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Hotchkiss was the creator of some important, speed-enhancing inventions, which included the Hotchkiss Imprinting Press (patented in 1925), a two-way perforator (perfected in 1925), and the Hotchkiss Lithograph Press (patented in 1928). In 1952, the Deluxe Corporation Foundation was created to contribute to charitable organizations. The company was privately held until 1965, by
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    1 votes
    118
    JoS. A. Bank Clothiers

    JoS. A. Bank Clothiers

    • Issue: JOS A BANK CLOTHIERS INC Common Stock
    Joseph A. Bank Clothiers, Inc., also known by the abbreviated name JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, is an American manufacturer and retailer of men's classically-styled tailored and casual clothing, sportswear, footwear and accessories. The principal owner/operator of the company is South Carolina native, Erik Melvin who assumed control of the company in 1994. The company, established in 1905, now sells its products through over 500 stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia, as well as through a nationally distributed catalog and an e-commerce website. The company has its headquarters in Hampstead, Carroll County, Maryland. Charles Bank came to Baltimore, Maryland, from Lithuania in 1866 and opened a small tailor shop in the city. By the turn of the century, he had branched out into the manufacturing of pants and his grandson, Joseph A. Bank, joined his small company in 1898 as a cloth cutter when he was 11 years old. Over the next ten years, Joseph became a wholesale salesperson, traveling in the South to sell pants. In 1905, Thomas Stubbs established a men’s clothing manufacturing company which was taken over by his widow Lena Stubbs in 1921. Their daughter, Katie Durban, was a
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    1 votes
    119
    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

    • Issue: MARTHA STEWART LIVING -CL A Common Stock
    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (MSLO, NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company founded by Martha Stewart. It is organized into four business segments: Publishing, Internet, Broadcasting media platforms and Merchandising product lines. MSLO's business holdings include a variety of print publications, television and radio programming, and e-commerce websites. The company was founded in 1997 as an umbrella for the various media and merchandising ventures linked to the Martha Stewart brand. It went public on the NYSE on October 19, 1999. The stock opened at $18 a share, but shot up to $38 a share, making Stewart an instant billionaire on paper. She served as president, chairwoman and CEO of the company until being forced to resign as a result of the ImClone insider trading case. As part of an agreement with the SEC, she was banned from serving in any role that would allow her to prepare, audit or disclose financial results of a public company until August 2011. In effect, this banned her from serving as an officer of her own company. However, she still owns a 96 percent controlling interest. Stewart rejoined the board of directors of her namesake company in
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    1 votes
    120
    Open Text Corporation

    Open Text Corporation

    • Issue: OPEN TEXT CORP Common Stock
    OpenText Corporation (TSX: OTC NASDAQ: OTEX) is a software company headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. As Canada's largest software company, it produces and distributes computer software applications designed to enable enterprise content management (ECM) solutions for large corporations across all industries. OpenText software applications manage content (or unstructured data) for most types of governance, efficiency and monetization requirements in large companies, government agencies and professional service firms. OpenText solutions address information management requirements including: Its primary offerings include the OpenText ECM Suite, BPM products, mobile enterprise applications, content solutions for law firms and mid-sized businesses, secure social networks, web content management and cloud services. OpenText employs approximately 4,450 people worldwide. It is a publicly traded company, listed on Nasdaq and TSE. OpenText’s history has centered on the development of ECM software that combines content lifecycle management, business processes and user engagement. OpenText software includes the underlying platform to manage most content types, ranging from user
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    1 votes
    121
    Pacific Sunwear

    Pacific Sunwear

    • Issue: PACIFIC SUNWEAR OF CALIF Common Stock
    Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (also known as PacSun) is a U.S. based retail clothing brand rooted in the youth oriented culture and lifestyle of California. The company sells lifestyle apparel, along with footwear and accessories designed for teens and young adults. As of late 2011, the company operated over 800 stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. PacSun is headquartered in Anaheim, California and operates a distribution center in Olathe, Kansas. The company's regional directors, district managers and store positions are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Initially founded by Tom Moore in 1980 as small surf shop in Newport Beach, CA. The company offers products for both men and women that include: jeans, tees, tanks, polos, knits, flannels, hoodies, boardshorts, bikinis, shorts, pants, dresses, rompers, skirts, sweaters, jackets, snow apparel, shoes, sandals and accessories. PacSun built its business selling merchandise from established surf brands such as Quiksilver, Hurley, O'Neill, Billabong and Roxy but has long since expanded to include skate and street wear labels like Volcom, Vans, Converse, RVCA, DC Shoes, WESC, Nike, Diamond Supply Co., Young
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    1 votes
    122
    Polycom

    Polycom

    • Issue: POLYCOM INC Common Stock
    Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM) is a multinational corporation with approximately 3,200 employees worldwide and an annual revenue of approximately $1.2 billion in 2010. The company manufactures and sells telepresence and voice communications solutions. Polycom was co-founded in 1990 by Brian L Hinman and Jeffrey Rodman, who were colleagues at PictureTel Corp. when they decided to form Polycom. Polycom's development occurred both organically (by internal means), and by acquisition of other companies. Note : 1st June 2011 - HP and Polycom, announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Polycom will acquire the assets of HP's Visual Collaboration (HPVC) business, including the Halo Products and Managed Services business of HPVC. Polycom's first products to market were audio conferencing speakerphones. Soon after, the company added content sharing, video conferencing, and video network/bridging products to its portfolio. Polycom entered the video conferencing market in 1998. Polycom introduced the ViewStation product line which included models with embedded multipoint capabilities, content sharing capabilities, and support for the emerging H.323 IP network protocol. In
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    1 votes
    123
    Qiao Xing Universal Telephone Inc.

    Qiao Xing Universal Telephone Inc.

    • Issue: QIAO XING UNIVERSAL TELE INC Common Stock
    Qiao Xing (Grey Market: XINGF, Chinese: 侨兴; pinyin: Qiáo Xīng) is the first Chinese telephone manufacturer listed on the NASDAQ. Qiao Xing's net sales have grown from USD46 million in 1997 to USD365 million in 2009. A majority owned subsidiary of Qiao Xing, or better known as CECT, is a top three domestic seller of mobile phones in China, with product lines that include Dual SIM phones and Windows Mobile Smartphones. Would be purchasers of CECT phones in China should beware that there are multiple fake CECT brands in China. For example, the CECT P168, which is an Apple iPhone clone, is not designed or manufactured by Qiao Xing. Qiao Xing does not produce clones of Apple, Nokia, or Samsung products. Other companies in China, disguised as CECT, produce these clones.
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    1 votes
    124
    SRS Labs

    SRS Labs

    • Issue: SRS LABS INC Common Stock
    SRS Labs, Inc. is a Santa Ana, California-based audio technology engineering company that specializes in audio enhancement solutions for wide variety of consumer electronic devices. Originally a part of Hughes Aircraft Company, the audio division developed the Sound Retrieval System technology, and in 1993 was separated off to form SRS Labs, Inc. In 1996 SRS Labs became a publicly traded company on Nasdaq, SRSL. The company develops audio enhancement solutions and licenses those products to companies including Microsoft, Samsung Group, LG Group, Toshiba, Vizio, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Sony and ViewSonic. In 2008, approximately 36 million SRS-equipped flat-panel TVs were shipped, representing a 30-percent estimated market share. SRS Labs has more than three hundred consumer electronics manufacturing partners, and holds more than 150 patents for its technologies. SRS has also recently begun to manufacture its own products, including, MyVolume - Volume Leveling Adaptor, SRS iWOW for iTunes, SRS HD Audio Lab for PC, and SRS iWOW Adaptor for iPod. The company licenses and produced a number of products including:
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    1 votes
    125
    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    • Issue: THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC Common Stock
    Thermo Fisher Scientific is a large precision healthcare equipment company that was created in 2006 by the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific. Thermo Electron was founded in 1956 by George Hatsopoulos, an MIT PhD in mechanical engineering. It focused on providing analytical and laboratory products and services, and had revenues of over $2 billion in 2004. Fisher Scientific was founded in 1902 by Chester G. Fisher. It focused on providing laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in healthcare, scientific research, safety, and education. On May 14, 2006, Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific announced that they would merge in a tax-free, stock-for-stock exchange; the merged company was named Thermo Fisher Scientific. On November 9, 2006, the companies announced that the merger had been completed. However, the Federal Trade Commission ruled that this acquisition was anticompetitive with regard to centrifugal evaporators, requiring Fisher to divest Genevac. In April 2007, Genevac was sold to Riverlake Partners LLC and the merger closed with FTC approval. Currently, the company's products are sold under the brand names of Thermo Scientific, Fisher
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    1 votes
    126
    Alaska Airlines

    Alaska Airlines

    • Issue: ALASKA AIR GROUP INC Common Stock
    Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) is an airline based in the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, Washington in the United States. The airline originated in 1932 as McGee Airways. After many mergers with and acquisitions of other airlines, including Star Air Service, it became known as Alaska Airlines in 1944. It has expanded greatly since its founding and now has service not only within the state of Alaska but also throughout the contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico and four Hawaiian Islands. Alaska Airlines carries more passengers between the state of Alaska and the contiguous United States than any other airline. Classified as a major carrier, it is the seventh-largest US airline in terms of passenger traffic. Alaska currently operates its largest hub at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. Alaska Airlines' sister carrier, Horizon Air, is closely integrated into Alaska's operations, with Alaska and Horizon sharing many routes. Both airlines are owned by the same parent company, Alaska Air Group. In 2012, J. D. Power and Associates ranked Alaska Airlines highest in customer satisfaction for traditional North American airlines. This is the fifth consecutive year that Alaska Airlines has won
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    3 votes
    127
    Alon USA

    Alon USA

    • Issue: ALON USA ENERGY INC Common Stock
    Alon USA Energy Inc. or Alon USA (NYSE: ALJ). Alon USA Energy, Inc. is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and engages in refining and marketing petroleum products primarily in the southwestern and south central regions of the United States. Alon USA was formed after Alon Oil Company Ltd, purchased from Total S.A. over 1,700 FINA retail stations, an oil refinery, pipelines and terminals in the US. The Refining and Marketing segment refines crude oil into petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, asphalt, and other products. The segment primarily markets its gasoline and diesel under the FINA brand name at approximately 1,250 locations. Alon USA's integrated system includes a crude oil pipeline system operating via throughput agreements with outside parties and totaling approximately 500 miles (800 km). The segments product pipeline and terminal network consisted of 7 product pipelines totaling approximately 840 miles (1,350 km) and 6 product terminals. The Retail segment operates more than 200 convenience stores in West Texas and New Mexico under the 7-Eleven and FINA brands. Alon USA announced it would buy Paramount Petroleum Corp. for $307 million
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    3 votes
    128
    Beckman Coulter, Inc.

    Beckman Coulter, Inc.

    • Issue: BECKMAN COULTER INC Common Stock
    Beckman Coulter Inc., is a company that makes biomedical laboratory instruments. Founded by Caltech professor Arnold O. Beckman in 1935 as National Technical Laboratories to commercialize a pH meter that he had invented, the company eventually grew to employ over 10,000 people, with $2.4 billion in annual sales by 2004. Its current headquarters are in Brea, California. In the 1940s, Beckman changed the name to Arnold O. Beckman, Inc. to sell oxygen analyzers, the Helipot precision potentiometer, and spectrophotometers. In the 1950s, the company name changed to Beckman Instruments, Inc.. In 1955, Beckman established the seminal Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory as a division of Beckman Instruments to begin commercializing the semiconductor transistor technology invented by Caltech alumnus William Shockley. Because Shockley's aging mother lived in Palo Alto, California, the Shockley Laboratory was established in nearby Mountain View, California, and thus, "Silicon Valley" was born. In 1961, Beckman merged with Offner Electronics, a company founded by inventor Franklin F. Offner. In 1982, the company merged into SmithKline to form SmithKline Beckman, with Arnold Beckman as vice
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    3 votes
    129
    Burger King

    Burger King

    • Issue: BURGER KING HOLDINGS INC Common Stock
    Burger King, often abbreviated as BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The company began in 1953 as Insta-Burger King, a Jacksonville, Florida-based restaurant chain. After Insta-Burger King ran into financial difficulties in 1955, its two Miami-based franchisees, David Edgerton and James McLamore, purchased the company and renamed it Burger King. Over the next half century, the company would change hands four times, with its third set of owners, a partnership of TPG Capital, Bain Capital, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, taking it public in 2002. In late 2010, 3G Capital of Brazil acquired a majority stake in BK in a deal valued at $3.26 billion (USD). The new owners promptly initiated a restructuring of the company to reverse its fortunes. At the end of fiscal year 2011, Burger King reported it had more than 12,400 outlets in 73 countries; of these, 66 percent are in the United States and 90 percent are privately owned and operated. BK has historically used several variations of franchising to expand its operations. The manner in which the company licenses its franchisees varies
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    3 votes
    130
    Capital One

    Capital One

    • Issue: CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CORP Common Stock
    Capital One Financial Corp. is a U.S.-based bank holding company specializing in credit cards, home loans, auto loans, banking and savings products. A member of the Fortune 500, the company helped pioneer the mass marketing of credit cards in the early 1990s, and it is now the fourth-largest customer of the United States Postal Service and has the sixth-largest deposit portfolio in the United States. It has its corporate offices in Tysons Corner, unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, near McLean. Capital One was founded in 1988 by Richard Fairbank and Nigel Morris as a spin-off of Richmond, Virginia-based Signet Banking Corp (which was subsequently acquired in 1997 by First Union Corporation, which merged with Wachovia in 2001 and is now part of Wells Fargo). Capital One entered the retail banking market with its acquisition of New Orleans, Louisiana-based Hibernia National Bank in 2005 and Melville, New York-based North Fork Bancorporation in 2006. North Fork Bank and Superior Savings of New England, both subsidiaries of North Fork Bancorporation, began using the branding of Capital One Bank on March 10, 2008. On October 18, 2008, Capital One announced it would purchase Chevy
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    3 votes
    131
    Dynegy

    Dynegy

    • Issue: DYNEGY INC-CL A Common Stock
    Dynegy Inc. is an electric utility company based in Houston, Texas, in the United States. It owns and operates a number of power stations in the U.S., all of which are natural gas-fired or coal-fired. The company is located at 601 Travis Street in Downtown Houston. The company was founded in 1984 as Natural Gas Clearinghouse. It was originally an energy brokerage, buying and selling natural gas supplies. It changed its name to NGC Corporation in 1995 after entering the electrical power generation business. The company adopted the name Dynegy in 1998. It attempted to buy the Enron energy trading firm in 2001, but failed. Dynegy nearly went bankrupt in 2002, and several executives were eventually convicted of financial fraud and mismanagement. Dynegy exited the energy trading business in 2002 and the natural gas supply business in 2005, focusing its efforts on electrical generation. The company has one major subsidiary, Dynegy Holdings. It also has three operating subsidiaries: GasCo, CoalCo, and the "stub group" (for other miscellaneous business enterprises). Dynegy Inc. was the object of two takeover efforts in 2010. Both failed. Its Dynegy Holdings subsidiary went bankrupt in
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    3 votes
    132
    Florida Power & Light

    Florida Power & Light

    • Issue: FPL GROUP INC Common Stock
    Florida Power & Light Company, the principal subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. (formerly FPL Group, Inc.), commonly referred to by its initials, FPL, is a Juno Beach, Florida-based power utility which serves roughly 4.4 million customers in Florida. FPL Group holds power generation assets in more than 20 U.S. states. FPL was founded in 1925 by merging a number of smaller companies providing power and other services to local communities in Florida, and grew with the growth in population the state has experienced. FPL was the first company outside of Japan to win the Deming Prize in 1989. Dr. Noriaki Kano was one of the consultants that helped FPL to reach this stature. On June 20, 2005, FPL Group completed acquisition of Gexa Energy, a retail electricity provider located in Houston and active in the deregulated Texas electricity market. At the time of acquisition, Gexa Energy had grown to over $273 million in 2004 revenues and further had been serving 100,000 total meters within the state of Texas. FPL Group acquired Gexa Energy for approximately US$81 million. On December 19, 2005, FPL Group, Inc. announced that it was purchasing Constellation Energy in a merger transaction valued
    6.67
    3 votes
    133
    NVIDIA

    NVIDIA

    • Issue: NVIDIA CORP Common Stock
    Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA;  /ɪnˈvɪdiə/ in-VID-eeə ) is an American global technology company based in Santa Clara, California. Nvidia is best known for its graphics processing units (GPUs). Nvidia and chief rival AMD Graphics Technologies (formerly ATI Technologies) have dominated the high performance GPU market, pushing other manufacturers to smaller, niche roles. Nvidia's best known GPU product line labeled "GeForce" is in direct competition with AMD's "Radeon" products. In addition to GPU manufacturing, Nvidia provides parallel processing capabilities to researchers and scientists that allow them to efficiently run high-performance applications. They are deployed in supercomputing sites around the world. More recently, Nvidia has moved into the mobile computing market, where it produces Tegra processors powered phones and tablets, as well as auto infotainment systems. In addition to AMD, its other competitors include Intel and Qualcomm. Nvidia's product portfolio includes graphics processors, wireless communications processors, PC platform (motherboard core logic) chipsets, and digital media player software. The community of computer users arguably has come to know Nvidia best for
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    3 votes
    134
    Oracle Corporation

    Oracle Corporation

    • Issue: ORACLE CORP Common Stock
    Oracle Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation that specializes in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products – particularly database management systems. Headquartered at 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, Redwood City, California, United States and employing approximately 113,644 people worldwide as of 30 June 2012 (2012 -06-30), it has enlarged its share of the software market through organic growth and through a number of high-profile acquisitions. Oracle is the third-largest software maker by revenue, after Microsoft and IBM. The company also builds tools for database development and systems of middle-tier software, enterprise resource planning software (ERP), customer relationship management software (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) software. Larry Ellison, a co-founder of Oracle Corporation, has served as Oracle's CEO throughout its history. He also served as the Chairman of the Board until his replacement by Jeffrey O. Henley in 2004. On August 22, 2008, the Associated Press ranked Ellison as the top-paid chief executive in the world. Ellison took inspiration from the 1970 paper written by
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    3 votes
    135
    Sinclair Broadcast Group

    Sinclair Broadcast Group

    • Issue: SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP-A Common Stock
    The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) is an American telecommunications company that operates the largest number of local television stations in the United States. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, it owns a total of over 74 stations across the country in over 45 primarily small and medium markets, many of which are located in the South and Midwest. Broadcasts by SBG stations can be received by 24 percent of American households. SBG is also the owner of the Ring of Honor (ROH) professional wrestling promotion, which is considered to be the third most prominent national wrestling company behind WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). The company, founded by Julian Sinclair Smith, originated in 1971 as the Chesapeake Television Corporation with the launch of WBFF (channel 45) in Baltimore. A subsidiary of Chesapeake Television Corp., the Commercial Radio Institute, later founded WPTT (channel 22, now WPMY) in Pittsburgh, in 1978; and WTTE (channel 28) in Columbus, Ohio, in 1984. All three stations originally were independents, though WBFF and WTTE became charter affiliates of the Fox Broadcasting Company at its launch in 1986. Smith's son David D. Smith began taking a more
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    3 votes
    136
    Palm

    Palm

    • Issue: PALM INC Common Stock
    Palm handhelds were Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) which ran the Palm OS. On 28 April 2010 it was announced that Hewlett-Packard would acquire Palm for around US$1.2bn. Although HP kept the Palm brand initially, all new PDA devices announced at press announcement on February 9, 2011, were branded as HP devices, not as Palm devices. Pilot was the name of the first generation of personal digital assistants manufactured by Palm Computing in 1996 (then a division of U.S. Robotics). The prototype for the first Palm Connected Organizer was called "Palm Taxi". The first two generations of PDAs from Palm were referred to as "Palm-Pilots". Due to a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by the Pilot Pen Corporation, since 1998 handheld devices from Palm have been known as Palm Connected Organizers or more commonly as "Palms". The inventors of the Pilot were Jeff Hawkins, Donna Dubinsky, and Ed Colligan, who founded Palm Computing. The original purpose of this company was to create handwriting recognition software for other devices, named Graffiti, but their research convinced them they could create better hardware as well. Before starting development of the Pilot, Hawkins said he
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    4 votes
    137
    Aéropostale

    Aéropostale

    • Issue: AEROPOSTALE INC Common Stock
    Aéropostale, Inc. (occasionally known as Aero) is an American shopping mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14-to-17-year-old women and men through its Aéropostale stores and 4-to-12-year-old children through its P.S. from Aéropostale stores. Recently, it has been targeting young adults over 18 as well as 10 to 13. Aéropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise. The company operates over 885 Aéropostale stores in 49 states in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and over 36 stores in Canada. P.S. from Aéropostale operates 2 stores in 1 state. Aero also has a presence in the Middle East and has plans to expand into Asia, for more needed profit opportunities. To leverage the strength of the Aéropostale teen brand, the company has expanded its namesake chain to a new chain called P.S. from Aéropostale, geared at children. P.S. from Aéropostale began in 2009, and originally only offered apparel at value prices to the 7–12 age market. In winter of 2011, P.S. added apparel for five and six year olds to their collections, being introduced with the Holiday
    7.50
    2 votes
    138
    General American Transportation Corporation

    General American Transportation Corporation

    • Issue: GATX CORP Common Stock
    GATX Corporation (NYSE: GMT) is an equipment finance company based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1898, GATX's primary activities consist of railcar operating leasing in North America and Europe. In addition, GATX leases locomotives in North America, and also has significant investments in industrial equipment and marine assets, including ownership of the American Steamship Company, which operates on the Great Lakes. The CEO/Chairman is Brian A. Kenney. GATX is one of several major North American rail operating lessors, and measured by fleet size, ranks as number two in this market behind GE Rail Services. Other major North American rail operating lessors include CIT, First Union, Union Tank Car Company, Trinity Industries Leasing, ARL, and Helm Financial. GATX derives its name from its primary reporting mark for its North American railcars, "GATX". The mark itself was derived from GATX's prior corporate name, "General American Transportation". Since all non-railroad owners of railcars must append an "X" to the end of their mark, GAT became GATX. GATX mainly applies the GATX mark to tank cars, although the mark has been used in other examples such as with hoppers; GATX's primary
    7.50
    2 votes
    139
    Globalstar

    Globalstar

    • Issue: GLOBALSTAR INC Common Stock
    Globalstar is a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation for satellite phone and low-speed data communications, somewhat similar to the Iridium satellite constellation and Orbcomm satellite systems. The Globalstar project was launched in 1991 as a joint venture of Loral Corporation and Qualcomm. On March 24, 1994, the two sponsors announced formation of Globalstar LP, a limited partnership established in the U.S., with financial participation from eight other companies, including Alcatel, AirTouch, Deutsche Aerospace, Hyundai and Vodafone. At that time, the company predicted the system would launch in 1998, based on an investment of $1.8 billion. Globalstar received its US spectrum allocation from the FCC in January 1995, and continued to negotiate with other nations for rights to use the same radio frequencies in their countries. The first satellites were launched in February 1998, but system deployment was delayed due to a launch failure in September 1998 that resulted in the loss of 12 satellites in a launch by the Russian Space Agency. In February 2000, it launched the last of 52 satellites — 48 satellites and four in-orbit spares (reduced from the original plan of eight
    7.50
    2 votes
    140
    Nike, Inc.

    Nike, Inc.

    • Issue: NIKE INC -CL B Common Stock
    Nike, Inc. ( /ˈnaɪkiː/; NYSE: NKE) is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development and worldwide marketing and selling of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. The company is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area. It is the world's leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment, with revenue in excess of US$24.1 billion in its fiscal year 2012 (ending May 31, 2012). As of 2012, it employed more than 44,000 people worldwide. The brand alone is valued at $10.7 Billion making it the most valuable brand among sports businesses. Nike and Precision Castparts are the only Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the state of Oregon, according to The Oregonian. The company was founded on January 25, 1964 as Blue Ribbon Sports by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, and officially became Nike, Inc. on May 30, 1978. The company takes its name from Nike (Greek Νίκη, pronounced [nǐːkɛː]), the Greek goddess of victory. Nike markets its products under its own brand, as well as Nike Golf, Nike Pro, Nike+, Air Jordan, Nike Skateboarding, and subsidiaries including Cole Haan,
    7.50
    2 votes
    141
    SunCom

    SunCom

    • Issue: TUTOR PERINI CORP Common Stock
    SunCom Wireless Holdings, Inc. was a wireless carrier that operated in the Southeastern United States since 1999 and in parts of the Caribbean since 2004. From the "About Us" section of the company's website: As of the third quarter of 2007, SunCom was providing digital wireless communications services to approximately 1.1 million customers and employed more than 1,900 people. In February 2008, SunCom was acquired by T-Mobile USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. The company traded on the NYSE under the TPC ticker symbol. In September 2008, the SunCom brand was phased out and rebranded under the T-Mobile name. Founded in January 1999 as Triton PCS Holdings by Mark Balfour, SunCom has gone through many deals with other cellular carriers. In December 2004, SunCom acquired 29,139 customers from Cingular Wireless as part of a deal of exchanging towers. In March 2005, SunCom sold 169 cell towers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico to Global Signal Acquisitions. SunCom formed an agreement with Global Signal Acquisitions in June 2005 to lease tower space that they subsequently sold. In October 2005, SunCom agreed to sell the 29,139 customers from the deal in 2004
    7.50
    2 votes
    142
    Zale Corporation

    Zale Corporation

    • Issue: ZALE CORP Common Stock
    The Zale Corporation is a retailer of jewelry in North America. The Zale Corporation was incorporated in Delaware in 1993. The principal executive offices are located in Irving, Texas. The company began in 1924 in Graham, Texas, when Morris (M.B.) Zale, William Zale, and Ben Lipshy opened the first Zales Jewelers store. Zale used to operate leased fine jewelry departments (in department stores) known as Diamond Park Fine Jewelers, but sold off the chain to Finlay Enterprises in 1997. It also operated a catalog showroom called O.G. Wilson, which was sold in 1986. O.G. Wilson had 14 stores, including ones in Orlando, Florida and Victoria Mall in Victoria, Texas. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2008 Zale Corporation sold the Bailey Banks & Biddle upscale jewelry chain (including one store operating as "Zell Bros.") to Finlay Enterprises. In 2008, Zales closed 105 locations (12% of total). In 2009, Zales announced an additional 191 store closings. Zales allegedly terminated Rose Camilleri, a successful sales representative, a week after she had requested time off to have surgery to treat a life-threatening aortic aneurysm. Camilleri has also claimed that Zales delayed her COBRA
    7.50
    2 votes
    143
    YM BioSciences

    YM BioSciences

    • Issue: YM BIOSCIENCES INC Common Stock
    YM BioSciences Inc. (TSX: YM, AMEX: YMI) is a life sciences product development company advancing a diverse portfolio of promising hematology and cancer-related products at various stages of development. YM has proven regulatory and clinical trial expertise and a diversified business model designed to reduce risk while advancing clinical products toward international approval, marketing and commercialization. The Company is currently advancing three late-stage products: • CYT387: JAK 1/2 small molecule inhibitor initially targeting the treatment of a group of hematological disorders known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), also known as myeloproliferative disorders. • Nimotuzumab: EGFR-targeting Affinity-Optimized Antibody in development worldwide, targeting multiple tumor types primarily in combination with radiation and chemoradiation; approved for marketing in 23 countries. • CYT997: novel anti-cancer Vascular Disrupting Agent (VDA) in Phase II clinical development for the treatment of a variety of tumors.
    5.50
    4 votes
    144
    Align Technology

    Align Technology

    • Issue: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY INC Common Stock
    Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets Invisalign, a proprietary method for treating malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth. Invisalign corrects malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position. Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other limitations associated with braces. Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults and older teens. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998.
    6.33
    3 votes
    145
    Applied Micro Circuits Corporation

    Applied Micro Circuits Corporation

    • Issue: APPLIED MICRO CIRCUITS CORP Common Stock
    Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) (also known as AppliedMicro or AMCC or APM) is a fabless semiconductor company designing network and embedded Power Architecture (including a Power Architecture license), and server processor ARM (including a ARMv8 license), optical transport and storage solutions. They bought assets, IP and engineers concerning the PowerPC 400 microprocessors from IBM in 2004 for $227 million and they now market the processors under their own name. The deal also included access to IBM's SoC design methodology and advanced CMOS process technology. In 2009 AppliedMicro changed their branding from AMCC to AppliedMicro, but still retain the name "Applied Micro Circuits Corporation" officially. AppliedMicro has a sponsor level membership of Power.org and is one of the original members. AppliedMicro is also executive member (Chairman position) of the Ethernet Alliance. This Processor business designs and markets embedded microcontrollers as well as server processor, packet and storage processors. It includes the network processors of former MMC Networks (acquired October 2000) with IBM PowerPC 4xx series microcontrollers (acquired April 2004). Since
    6.33
    3 votes
    146
    Consol Energy

    Consol Energy

    • Issue: CONSOL ENERGY INC Common Stock
    Consol Energy Inc. /kənˈsɒl/ is an American energy company with interests in coal and natural gas production headquartered in the suburb of Cecil Township, in the Southpointe complex, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Consol Energy is the leading producer of high-BTU bituminous coal in the United States and the U.S.'s largest underground coal mining company. As of 2011, Consol had 4.4 billion tons of proven reserves, mainly in northern and central Appalachia and produced nearly 64 million tons of coal in 2010. The company has natural gas reserves totaling 3.7 trillion cu. ft. as of 2011 and employs more than 8,800 people. Consol Energy was originally created in 1860 as the Consolidation Coal Company after several small mining companies in Western Maryland decided to combine their operations. The company was formally established in 1864 and headquartered in Cumberland, Maryland for the first 85 years (1864-1945), where the company became the largest bituminous coal company in the eastern United States. Western Maryland's coal production rose about 1 million short tons in 1865, exceeded 4 million short tons by the turn of the century, and reached an all time high of about 6
    6.33
    3 votes
    147
    Devon Energy

    Devon Energy

    • Issue: DEVON ENERGY CORPORATION Common Stock
    Devon Energy Corporation is among the largest U.S.-based independent natural gas and oil producers. Based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the company's operations are focused on North American onshore exploration and production. Devon is one of North America’s larger processors of natural gas liquids and owns natural gas pipelines and treatment facilities in many of the company’s producing areas. The company is ranked among Fortune's 500 largest corporations in America, and is also included on the publication's 100 Best Companies to Work For and Most Admired Companies lists. Devon is also included in the S&P 500 Index and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DVN. Devon Energy currently occupies space in five buildings in Oklahoma City, including the company owned Mid America Tower. However, the company has significantly outgrown the space, and construction is underway for the new 50-story Devon Energy World Headquarters Tower, scheduled for completion in 2012. According to a report in The Daily Oklahoman dated August 3, 2007, Devon is one of the first independent oil and natural gas companies to file a corporate responsibility report. The report focuses on the
    6.33
    3 votes
    148
    FormFactor

    FormFactor

    • Issue: FORMFACTOR INC Common Stock
    FormFactor is the leader in advanced wafer probe cards, which are used by semiconductor manufacturers to electrically test integrated circuits (ICs) while they are still on the wafer. The company’s wafer sort, burn-in and device performance testing products move IC testing upstream from post-packaging to the wafer level, enabling semiconductor manufacturers to bring nextgeneration devices to the marketplace faster while reducing their overall cost of test and improving their yields.

    Founded in 1993, FormFactor established its headquarters, R&D and manufacturing operations in Livermore, Calif., in 1995. That same year, FormFactor introduced its first wafer probe card based on its MicroSpring technology. FormFactor completed its initial public offering of stock on June 11, 2003, and is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol FORM. Today, FormFactor has approximately 1100 employees worldwide, with sales, service and design centers in North America, Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
    6.33
    3 votes
    149
    HealthSouth

    HealthSouth

    • Issue: HEALTHSOUTH CORP Common Stock
    HealthSouth Corporation, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is the nation’s largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitative hospitals. Operating in 26 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals (99), outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics (29) and home health agencies (25). HealthSouth’s hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injury, and amputations. HealthSouth was involved in a corporate accounting scandal in which its Chief Executive Officer, Richard M. Scrushy, was accused of directing company employees to falsely report grossly exaggerated company earnings in order to meet stockholder expectations. At the company's height in 2003, it recorded nearly $4.5 billion in revenue, dominated the rehabilitation, surgery and diagnostic services market and employed more than 60,000 people at 2,000 facilities in every state of the U.S. along with its facilities in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico
    6.33
    3 votes
    150
    Microsoft

    Microsoft

    • Issue: MICROSOFT CORP Common Stock
    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. Microsoft is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world's most valuable companies. Microsoft was established to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. The company's 1986 initial public offering, and subsequent rise in its share price, created an estimated three billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions. In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in its largest acquisition to date. As of 2012, Microsoft is market dominant in both the PC operating system and office suite markets (the latter with Microsoft
    6.33
    3 votes
    151
    The Hertz Corporation

    The Hertz Corporation

    • Issue: HERTZ GLOBAL HOLDINGS INC Common Stock
    Hertz Global Holdings Inc is an American car rental company with international locations in 145 countries worldwide. The company was founded by Walter L. Jacobs in 1918, who started a car rental operation in Chicago with a dozen Model T Ford cars. In 1923, Jacobs sold it to John D. Hertz who made it a subsidiary of his Yellow Truck and Coach Manufacturing Company and renamed it "Hertz Drive-Ur-Self System". He sold a controlling interest in the Yellow Truck and Coach Manufacturing Company (and hence also 'Hertz Drive-Ur-Self') to General Motors in 1925 who then purchased the remaining shares in 1943. Hertz arranged for The Omnibus Corporation, which he also owned, to purchase the car rental business back from GM in 1953. He sold all The Omnibus Corporation's public transport interests the same year, changed its name to 'The Hertz Corporation' and floated it on the New York Stock Exchange the following year. In 1954, the new corporation bought New York truck leasing company, Metropolitan Distributors. In 1967, The Hertz Corporation became a wholly owned subsidiary of RCA but was operated as a separate entity. In 1985, Hertz joined UAL Corporation. On December 30, 1987, Hertz was
    6.33
    3 votes
    152
    WD-40

    WD-40

    • Issue: WD-40 CO Common Stock
    WD-40 is the trademark name of a penetrating oil and water-displacing spray. It was developed in 1953 by Norm Larsen, founder of the Rocket Chemical Company, in San Diego, California. WD-40, abbreviated from the phrase "Water Displacement, 40th formula," was originally designed to repel water and prevent corrosion, and later was found to have numerous household uses. Larsen was attempting to create a formula to prevent corrosion in nuclear missiles, by displacing the standing water that causes it. He claims he arrived at a successful formula on his 40th attempt. WD-40 is primarily composed of various hydrocarbons. WD-40 was first used by Convair to protect the outer skin, and more importantly, the paper thin "balloon tanks" of the Atlas missile from rust and corrosion. These stainless steel fuel tanks were so thin that, when empty, they had to be kept inflated with nitrogen gas to prevent their collapse. WD-40 first became commercially available on store shelves in San Diego in 1958. The long-term active ingredient is a non-volatile, viscous oil which remains on the surface, providing lubrication and protection from moisture. This is diluted with a volatile hydrocarbon to give a
    6.33
    3 votes
    153
    Arctic Cat Inc.

    Arctic Cat Inc.

    • Issue: ARCTIC CAT INC Common Stock
    Arctic Cat (NASDAQ: ACAT) is a North American manufacturer of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. The company was formed in 1960 and is based in Thief River Falls, MN. Many of Arctic Cat's vehicles are used today and can be accessorized to perform almost any job an outdoors-man might need. Arctic Cat vehicles can handle tasks anywhere from trips up rugged terrain to plowing the garden in the backyard. The company now manufactures all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and side-by-sides, but have also produced watercraft in the past. Arctic Cat was formed by snowmobile pioneer Edgar Hetteen in 1960 due to his departure from his previous self-started business, Polaris Industries. Like Polaris, Arctic Cat grew to become a major manufacturer of snowmobiles, watercraft, and all-terrain vehicles (ATV's). The company's first name was Polar Manufacturing but was soon changed to Arctic Enterprises. The company made their first snowmobile in 1960 and started to grow from there. Various boat manufacturers, including Silver Line, Lund and Spirit Marine, were purchased to attempt to expand the company even more but the company faced a decline in snow-fall and sales that resulted in the company
    8.00
    1 votes
    154
    Books-A-Million

    Books-A-Million

    • Issue: BOOKS-A-MILLION INC Common Stock
    Books-A-Million, Inc., also known as BAM!, is a company that owns the second largest U.S. bookstore chain and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The company operates over 200 stores in the South, Midwest, and Northeast United States. As of 2010, the company had about 5,500 employees. In addition to its flagship Books-A-Million superstore division, the company also operates the stores branded Books & Company and book and greeting card stores under the name Bookland. The company's stores mainly operate within either shopping malls or lifestyle centers. Most Books-A-Million stores feature Joe Muggs cafés. Additionally, there are a few standalone Joe Muggs newsstands. These are located in the Birmingham area. In addition to its primary retail component, the corporation includes a book wholesale and distribution subsidiary, American Wholesale Book Company (AWBC), an e-commerce division operating as booksamillion.com, and an internet development and services company, NetCentral, in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2011, Books-A-Million became the second largest book retailer in the United States, trailing only Barnes & Noble, after the announcement from larger rival Borders Group that it
    8.00
    1 votes
    155
    Depomed

    Depomed

    • Issue: DEPOMED INC Common Stock
    Depomed, Inc. (Depomed) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of differentiated products that are based on oral drug delivery technologies. It has developed two products, which have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and are marketed. GLUMETZA is a once-daily treatment for adults with type 2 diabetes that the Company commercialize in the United States with Santarus, Inc. (Santarus). Proquin XR (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) is a once-daily treatment for uncomplicated urinary tract infections.
    8.00
    1 votes
    156
    IBM

    IBM

    • Issue: INTL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP Common Stock
    International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. The company was founded in 1911 as the Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) through a merger of three companies: the Tabulating Machine Company, the International Time Recording Company, and the Computing Scale Company. CTR adopted the name International Business Machines in 1924, using a name previously designated to CTR's subsidiary in Canada and later South America. Its distinctive culture and product branding has given it the nickname Big Blue. In 2012, Fortune ranked IBM the #2 largest U.S. firm in terms of number of employees (433,362), the #4 largest in terms of market capitalization, the #9 most profitable, and the #19 largest firm in terms of revenue. Globally, the company was ranked the #31 largest in terms of revenue by Forbes for 2011. Other rankings for 2011/2012 include #1 company for leaders (Fortune), #1 green
    8.00
    1 votes
    157
    Masimo

    Masimo

    • Issue: MASIMO CORPORATION Common Stock
    Masimo Corporation is an Irvine, California-based manufacturer of non-invasive patient monitoring technologies. The company is best known for its pulse oximetry and it sells more pulse oximeters than any other company. Masimo was founded in 1989 by electrical engineer Joe Kiani, who was later joined by fellow engineer Mohamed Diab. Masimo invented measure-through motion and low perfusion pulse oximetry, known as Masimo SET (Signal Extraction Technology). Masimo has been recognized for its intellectual property and for being one of the most innovative companies in the medical device industry. The company went public in 2007 and is currently traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol MASI. In 2011, Forbes named Masimo to its list of top 20 public companies under a billion dollars in revenue, based on earnings growth, sales growth, and return on equity. Conventional pulse oximetry assumes that arterial blood is the only blood moving (pulsating) in the measurement site. However, during patient motion, the venous blood also moves, which can cause conventional pulse oximetry to under-read arterial oxygen saturation levels because it cannot distinguish between the arterial and
    8.00
    1 votes
    158
    Newell Rubbermaid

    Newell Rubbermaid

    • Issue: NEWELL RUBBERMAID INC Common Stock
    Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE: NWL) is an American company that sells consumer and commercial products including such well-known brands as Rubbermaid food storage, home organization, and refuse container products; Sharpie, Paper Mate, Parker and Waterman writing instruments; Calphalon gourmet cookware; Goody beauty and personal grooming products; Graco children's products; Irwin and Lenox construction tools and accessories; Levolor and Kirsch blinds, shades, and window fashions; and Dymo home and business labeling solutions. The company's corporate headquarters is located immediately north of Atlanta, in the Perimeter Center edge city in Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States. The Newell Manufacturing Company was founded in Ogdensburg, New York in 1902 as a manufacturer of curtain rods. From 1910 to 1921, affiliated companies were founded in Freeport, Illinois, and in Canada. The F. W. Woolworth retail chain became the first customer for Newell's bronze–plated curtain rods in 1916, making them the first Newell products to be distributed nationally. This marked the beginning of Newell's focus on volume purchasers. In 1962, the affiliated Newell Companies, including Western Newell, Newell
    8.00
    1 votes
    159
    Newmont Mining

    Newmont Mining

    • Issue: NEWMONT MINING CORP Common Stock
    Newmont Mining Corporation, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA, is one of the world's largest producers of gold, with active mines in Nevada, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana and Peru. Holdings include Santa Fe Gold, Battle Mountain Gold, Normandy Mining, Franco-Nevada Corp and Fronteer Gold. Newmont also has many joint venture relationships. As of December 31, 2010, Newmont produced approximately 5.4 million equity ounces of gold annually and held proven and probable reserves of about 93.5 million. Newmont employs approximately 34,000 employees and contractors worldwide. Other metals that the company mines include copper and silver. Founded in 1916 by William Boyce Thompson as a diversified holding company, today Newmont remains the only gold company in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Newmont Mining Corporation was founded in 1916 in New York by Colonel William Boyce Thompson as a holding company to invest in Worldwide mineral, oil, and related companies. According to company lore, the name "Newmont" is a portmanteau "New York" and "Montana", reflecting where Thompson made his fortune and where he grew up. In 1929, Newmont became a mining company with its first
    8.00
    1 votes
    160
    Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

    Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

    • Issue: OREXIGEN THERAPEUTICS INC Common Stock
    OREXIGEN™ Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders, with an initial focus on obesity. OREXIGEN’s lead combination product candidates targeted for obesity are Contrave™, which is in a Phase III clinical trial, and Empatic™ (formerly Excalia™), which is in a Phase IIb clinical trial. 
    8.00
    1 votes
    161
    FactSet Research Systems

    FactSet Research Systems

    • Issue: FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS INC Common Stock
    FactSet Research Systems is a financial data and software company headquartered in Norwalk, CT. The company provides financial information and analytic software for investment professionals. For fiscal year 2011, FactSet's annual sales were $727 million. FactSet offers access to data and analytics to analysts, portfolio managers, and investment bankers at global financial institutions. The company does not offer products for individual investors. FactSet's business focuses on technology and client service. In addition to combining disparate databases, the company also develops its software. FactSet provides clients with consultants, telephone support, and training. FactSet has been listed as one of Forbes’ "200 Best Small Companies". Some of its competitors include Bloomberg L.P., Thomson Reuters, and Capital IQ. Products FactSet provides financial information and analytical applications to global buy and sell-side professionals, including portfolio managers, market research and performance analysts, risk managers, sell-side equity researchers, investment bankers, and fixed income professionals. FactSet's software platform, also called FactSet, includes real-time news and quotes,
    7.00
    2 votes
    162
    Sherwin-Williams Company

    Sherwin-Williams Company

    • Issue: SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO/THE Common Stock
    The Sherwin-Williams Company is an American Fortune 500 company in the general building materials industry. The company primarily engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America and Europe. The company is mostly known through its Sherwin-Williams Paints line. Founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866, the company operates through four segments: Paint Stores Group (known as Sherwin-Williams Stores), Consumer Group, Latin America Coatings Group, and Global Finishes Group. The Paint Stores Segment, known as Sherwin-Williams Paints, was the first section of the company to be established, in 1866. These stores market and sell Sherwin-Williams branded architectural paints and coatings, industrial and marine products, and original equipment manufacturer product finishes and similar items. As of January 1, 2011 the Paint Stores segment operated 3,954 individual paint stores. The Consumer segment develops, manufactures, and distributes various paints, coatings, and related products to third party customers and the Paint
    7.00
    2 votes
    163
    TRW Automotive Holdings

    TRW Automotive Holdings

    • Issue: TRW AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS CORP Common Stock
    TRW Automotive Holdings NYSE: TRW, based in Livonia, MI, is a supplier of automotive parts to manufacturers and aftermarket dealers. . It was created out of a sell-off of parts of the former TRW corporation.
    7.00
    2 votes
    164
    DressBarn

    DressBarn

    • Issue: DRESS BARN INC Common Stock
    Dress Barn is an American retailer of women's clothing. The first Dress Barn was opened in 1962 in Stamford, Connecticut, by Roslyn Jaffe. The company began trading on NASDAQ (symbol DBRN) in 1982. In January 2011, to move away from the direct association with the Dress Barn brand and reflect the company's broader holdings, the company was reorganized as a Delaware corporation named Ascena Retail Group, Inc. At this time the NASDAQ symbol was also changed to ASNA. Ascena also owns the Maurices and Justice clothing store brands. The Dress Barn brand targets consumers such as budget-conscious career women, and the Dress Barn, Dress Barn Woman (larger sizes), and combination stores sell in-season, moderate- to better-quality women's apparel and accessories at value prices and cater to professionals in their mid-30s to mid-50s. Chairman Elliot Jaffe and his wife and co-founder, Roslyn, own about 25% of The Dress Barn. In 2009, DressBarn expanded into the girls' clothing market by purchasing Tween Brands, the owner of the Justice chain of 891 stores. Justice, which is aimed at girls between ages 7 and 14, is the effective successor of Limited Too, originally launched in 1987 by The
    6.00
    3 votes
    165
    Frost National Bank

    Frost National Bank

    • Issue: CULLEN/FROST BANKERS INC Common Stock
    Frost Bank is a Texas chartered bank founded in 1868 and based in San Antonio with more than 115 financial centers across the U.S. state of Texas. Frost is one of the largest Texas-based banks. The company offers a full range of commercial and consumer banking products, investment and brokerage services, insurance products and investment banking needs to customers throughout Texas. Frost is a subsidiary of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc., a financial holding company, also based in San Antonio, with $20.3 billion in assets. Citing changes in the banking industry, in February 2012 Frost applied to have its 113 year old federal charter collapsed and in turn converted into a state charter in June 2012. The bank was founded in 1868 in San Antonio by Col. T.C. Frost. Since then it has acquired many other Texas banks. In 1977, Frost Bank Corp. and Cullen Bankers, Inc. of Houston merged, forming the holding company, Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. In 1982 Cullen/Frost Bankers and United States National Bancshares, Inc. (USNB) of Galveston, Texas merged, but Frost operated USNB separately for nearly two decades. As new financial services legislation allowed banks to broaden the services they
    6.00
    3 votes
    166
    Marriott International

    Marriott International

    • Issue: MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL-CL A Common Stock
    Marriott International, Inc. is an American diversified hospitality company that has franchisor of a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities. Founded by J. Willard Marriott, the company is now led by Arne Sorenson. Today, Marriott International has more than 3,700 properties in over 73 countries and territories around the world. Marriott was founded by J. Willard Marriott in 1927 when he and his wife opened a root beer stand in Washington D.C.. As a Mormon missionary in the sweltering, humid summers in Washington D.C, Marriott was convinced that what the city needed was a such a place to get a cool drink. They later expanded their enterprises into a chain of restaurants and hotels. The Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia is Marriott International’s longest operating hotel, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. Their son and current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr. has led the company to spectacular worldwide growth. Today, Marriott International has about 3,400 lodging properties located in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. Edwin D. Fuller is the current President and Managing Director of
    6.00
    3 votes
    167
    Motorola

    Motorola

    • Issue: MOTOROLA INC Common Stock
    Motorola, Inc. ( /moʊtɵˈroʊlə/) was an American multinational telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois. After having lost $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009, the company was divided into two independent public companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions on January 4, 2011. Motorola Solutions is generally considered to be the direct successor to Motorola, Inc., as the reorganization was structured with Motorola Mobility being spun off. Motorola designed and sold wireless network infrastructure equipment such as cellular transmission base stations and signal amplifiers. Motorola's home and broadcast network products included set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and network equipment used to enable video broadcasting, computer telephony, and high-definition television. Its business and government customers consisted mainly of wireless voice and broadband systems (used to build private networks), and, public safety communications systems like Astro and Dimetra. These businesses (except for set-top boxes and cable modems) are now part of Motorola Solutions. Motorola's wireless telephone handset division was a pioneer in cellular telephones. Known as the Personal
    6.00
    3 votes
    168
    PNM Resources

    PNM Resources

    • Issue: PNM RESOURCES INC Common Stock
    PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) is an energy holding company based in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The acronym PNM by itself usually refers to the PNM Resources subsidiary Public Service Company of New Mexico (described below). Headquartered in Albuquerque, PNM Resources supplies electricity to 730,000 homes and businesses in New Mexico and Texas . Public Service Company of New Mexico is a corporation that is wholly owned by PNM Resources. In marketing material it is usually called PNM. Headquartered in Albuquerque, it provides electricity to 413,000 customers in the urbanized or semi-urbanized areas in the northern half of the state. Elsewhere, rural electric cooperatives provide much of the power. . PNM maintains approximately 2,000 miles (3,200 km), 2,282 miles (3,673 km) of electric transmission lines, and 7,594 electric distribution lines. PNM is a significant owner of the San Juan generation facility, a coal-fired plant located near Farmington, New Mexico, and a 10% owner in the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Facility near Phoenix, AZ. PNM also owns and operates several natural gas-fired plants throughout the state of New Mexico including Reeves Generating Station in Albuquerque,
    5.00
    4 votes
    169
    Apple Inc.

    Apple Inc.

    • Issue: APPLE INC Common Stock
    Apple Inc., (NASDAQ: AAPL) formerly Apple Computer Inc., is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. The company's best-known hardware products include Macintosh computers, the iPod and the iPhone. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system, the iTunes media browser, the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software, the iWork suite of productivity software, and Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio and film-industry software products. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold.
    5.67
    3 votes
    170
    US Airways Group

    US Airways Group

    • Issue: US AIRWAYS GROUP INC Common Stock
    US Airways Group Inc. (NYSE: LCC) is an airline holding company based in Tempe, Arizona. US Airways Group operate US Airways, along with its subsidiaries PSA Airlines, Inc. and Piedmont Airlines, Inc., which are wholly owned but marketed under the branding of US Airways Express. It merged with America West Holdings Corporation, parent of America West Airlines, in 2005, but the combined company adopted the better-known US Airways name; the two airlines' operating certificates merged in 2007. It also operates additional companies that provide associated services. ACE Aviation Holdings, the Canadian parent of Air Canada retains a roughly 6.1% investment stake in the US Airways Group of airlines. The network covers destinations in 47 states, as well as numerous international destinations. Prior to merging with America West Holdings Corporation, US Airways Group was based in Arlington County, Virginia. On September 12, 2004, US Airways Group and most of its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years. US Airways Group and the aforementioned subsidiaries, including US Airways, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the help $125 million
    5.67
    3 votes
    171
    Capstone Turbine Corporation

    Capstone Turbine Corporation

    • Issue: CAPSTONE TURBINE CORP Common Stock
    Capstone Turbine Corporation (NASDAQ: CPST), incorporated in 1988, is a California based gas turbine manufacturer that specializes in microturbine power along with heating and cooling cogeneration systems. Key to the Capstone design is its use of foil bearings, which provides maintenance and fluid-free operation for the lifetime of the turbine and reduces the system to a single moving part. This also eliminates the need for any cooling or other secondary systems. The company sells micro turbine generators for electrical power generation, cogeneration, biogas-fueled renewable energy, and hybrid vehicle power. Capstone has Microturbine offerings in the following sizes: 30 kW, 60 kW, 65 kW, 200 kW, 600 kW, 800 kW, and 1 MW. Multiple turbines can be combined with Capstone's APS or Advanced Power Server to create multiple megawatt installations. Capstone is a supplier of Microturbines to UTC Power's PureComfort System product. Capstone turbines have generated some interest as the range extender for hybrid cars. Their light weight, small size, and quick starting time make them ideal as "instant-on" backup power to recharge the main batteries. An example of a hybrid vehicle is the
    6.50
    2 votes
    172
    Cree Inc.

    Cree Inc.

    • Issue: CREE INC Common Stock
    Cree Inc. is a multinational manufacturer of semiconductor materials and devices, headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Cree is noted for their improvements in light emitting diode (LED) technologies. A recent example of Cree's LED innovation was their February 2010 announcement of a prototype white LED that can produce a record-setting 208 lumens per watt while drawing 350 mA of current, nearly 14 times the efficiency of a typical incandescent light bulb. Competing firms in the LED industry include Nichia Corporation, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Philips Lumileds Lighting Company, Seoul Semiconductor, Epistar, Everlight Electronics and GE Lumination. Cree was formed in 1987 by researchers from North Carolina State University. In 2005, Cree opened a subsidiary, Cree Asia-Pacific Ltd., at the Hong Kong Science Technology Park to serve as a center of product innovation in Asia and provide customer and technical support, particularly in the area of packaged LED lighting components. In 2007, Cree acquired Cotco Luminant Device Ltd of Hong Kong for $200 million. Cotco is a supplier of high brightness LEDs in China. In 2009, Cree announced an agreement to purchase a 592,000-square-foot
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    2 votes
    173
    Dean Foods

    Dean Foods

    • Issue: DEAN FOODS CO Common Stock
    Dean Foods is an American food and beverage company with two operating divisions: Fresh Dairy Direct and WhiteWave-Morningstar. The company maintains plants and distributors in the United States and the United Kingdom. Dean Foods products are sold throughout the USA. In 1925, Samuel E. Dean purchased the Pecatonica Marketing Company, an evaporated milk processing facility located in northwestern Illinois. In 1927, Dean renamed it Dean Evaporated Milk Company. That same year, he purchased some local Illinois dairy plants. "Through thoughtful acquisitions and careful financial management, Dean Foods Company has grown from a small regional dairy into a diversified food company." Dean Foods tried to merge with a dairy in Chicago but was blocked by an injunction based on antitrust concerns. Dean Foods fought the decision up to the Supreme Court but ultimately lost in Federal Trade Commission v. Dean Foods Co. On December 21, 2001, Dean Foods was acquired by the Dallas-based Suiza Foods Corporation. Suiza began in 1995, when Gregg L. Engles, owner of commercial ice company Reddy Ice merged Reddy with Suiza Dairy, which Engles had acquired in 1993. After the merger of Reddy and the dairy
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    2 votes
    174
    Huntsman Corporation

    Huntsman Corporation

    • Issue: HUNTSMAN CORP Common Stock
    Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) is a global chemical company with over 12,000 employees. 2011 revenues were over $11 billion. Huntsman serves a variety of end markets, the largest of which is consumer durables and non-durables, followed by paints and coatings, insulation and other construction materials, chemicals, energy and aerospace. Huntsman holds global leadership positions in MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate), polyurethane catalysts, epoxy adhesives, epoxy powder coating systems, aerospace composites, electrical insulating materials, textile effect chemicals, polyetheramines, ethylene and propylene carbonates, and maleic anhydride. The Huntsman Corporation was initially founded as the Huntsman Container Corporation in 1970 by Jon Huntsman, Sr. It went public as the Huntsman Corporation on the New York Stock Exchange NYSE: HUN in February 2005. Huntsman has grown through a series of acquisitions (with some divestitures) and today is a manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemical products. Advanced Materials is a supplier of synthetic and formulated polymer systems. Its technologies are used in markets such as adhesives and inks, aerospace, automotive, coatings,
    6.50
    2 votes
    175
    Jones Soda

    Jones Soda

    • Issue: JONES SODA CO Common Stock
    Jones Soda Co. is a beverage company based in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington. It bottles and distributes soft drinks, non-carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and candy. Jones Soda is a carbonated soft drink that has many unusual flavors that are not offered by other soft drink makers. Founded by Peter van Stolk in 1986, Jones Soda Co. started off as a beverage distributor in Western Canada in the late 1980s. As the company grew, they gained significant knowledge of the beverage industry and decided to get into the market with alternative beverages as the Urban Juice & Soda Company. In 2000, the company officially changed its name to Jones Soda and moved from its headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington. Until 1995, the company was a distributor of other beverage lines such as AriZona Iced Tea and Thomas Kemper sodas in Western Canada. The Urban Juice and Soda Company changed its name to Jones Soda Co. on August 1, 2000, most likely hoping to benefit from the fact that over 85% of the total revenues came from the Jones Soda brand. In November 2006, Jones Soda announced that the company would be transitioning to use pure cane sugar (in the form of an
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    2 votes
    176
    Mellanox Technologies

    Mellanox Technologies

    • Issue: MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD Common Stock
    Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based, high-performance, InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity products that facilitate data transmission between servers, communications infrastructure equipment and storage systems. The company’s products are an integral part of a total solution focused on computing, storage and communication applications used in enterprise data centers, high-performance computing and embedded systems.

    Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and Yokneam, Israel. Mellanox has been recognized with awards from Computerworld, Network Computing, Red Herring, and Upside magazines as a key emerging technology company. The company has major offices located in Santa Clara, CA, Yokneam and Tel Aviv, Israel.
    6.50
    2 votes
    177
    Midas Muffler

    Midas Muffler

    • Issue: MIDAS INC Common Stock
    Midas, Inc. is a chain of automotive service centers headquartered in Itasca, Illinois. In the main markets of the United States and Canada, Midas stores are company-owned or franchised. In the 17 other countries it operates in, the service centers are either licensed or franchised. In 1956 The Muffler Installation Dealers' Associated Service (M-I-D-A-S) was established by Nate H. Sherman and the first Midas Muffler opened that year in Macon Georgia. The chain was originally known as Midas Muffler as they specialized in the replacement of mufflers. In recent years, they have marketed themselves as Auto Service Experts, as they are capable of performing most routine and common automobile service, including brakes, fluid changes, and suspensions. The name Midas originates from the king Midas and his golden touch, hence the slogan "Trust the Midas touch". Midas was acquired by TBC Corporation in 2012. 2005 revenues were $192.5 million USD, down from $197.5 million in 2004.
    6.50
    2 votes
    178
    Skechers

    Skechers

    • Issue: SKECHERS USA INC-CL A Common Stock
    Skechers is an American shoe company headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, founded by CEO Robert Greenberg and his son Michael in 1992 right after Robert left LA Gear, which he had founded in 1983. Michael was a distributor for Doc Martens. Importing knock-off Doc Martens boots ended in a legal battle between Skechers and Doc Martens. Skechers' early products were utility-style boots and skate shoes; the company has since diversified to include thousands of athletic, casual and dress styles for men, women, and children. Skechers makes an effort to maintain a trendy and stylish brand image by using celebrity-driven advertising, and has promoted its product with singers Brandy, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, Ashlee Simpson, Carrie Underwood and David Cook; actors Robert Downey Jr., Rob Lowe and Matt Dillon; athletes Joe Montana, Karl Malone, Rick Fox and Wayne Gretzky; and TV personalities Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Brooke Burke. Skechers' brands include Skechers Sport, Skechers USA, Active, Cali, Shape-ups, Tone-ups, Skechers Resistance, Skechers Work and Skechers Kids. Branded separately, the company's fashion and street lines include Unltd.
    6.50
    2 votes
    179
    Urban Outfitters

    Urban Outfitters

    • Issue: URBAN OUTFITTERS INC Common Stock
    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) is a publicly traded American company that owns and operates over 400 retail locations across five retail brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN. Urban Outfitters originated as "The Free People's Store" in 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, focusing on "funky" fashion and household products. Shortly thereafter the owner and now Chairman, Richard Hayne, changed the name to Urban Outfitters. The product line has evolved from vintage, bohemian, retro, hipster, ironically humorous, kitschy apparel and furniture to include luxury brands and several designer collaborations. Headquartered at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Urban Outfitters operates more than 170 locations in the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. Urban Outfitters has been described as selling hip, kitschy, and ironic merchandise, for example, T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Jive Turkey" or "Atari". They are known for catering to "hipster" culture and fashion, which incorporates an influence from past decades. According to their website, Urban Outfitters' "established ability to
    6.50
    2 votes
    180
    YRC Worldwide Inc.

    YRC Worldwide Inc.

    • Issue: YRC WORLDWIDE INC Common Stock
    YRC Worldwide Inc. is the holding company for a portfolio of brands including YRC, YRC Reimer, New Penn, USF Holland and USF Reddaway. YRC Worldwide has a comprehensive network in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. YRC Worldwide offers supply chain solutions for heavyweight shipments and serves customers who ship industrial, commercial and retail goods. The company is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. The company traces its history back to 1924 when A.J. Harrell of Oklahoma City founded the Yellow Cab and Transit Company, a bus and taxi company that served central Oklahoma. The company remained small until 1952, when an ownership group led by George E. Powell Sr. bought the company. During this time, Yellow helped pioneer the concept of consolidating small freight shipments into trailer loads. In 1968, the company name was changed from Yellow Transit Freight Lines to Yellow Freight System Inc. During the deregulation of interstate trucking in the 1980s, Yellow Freight System embarked on a massive restructuring by creating new distribution centers across the country to better serve customers. The company changed its name to Yellow
    6.50
    2 votes
    181
    Allegiant Air

    Allegiant Air

    • Issue: ALLEGIANT TRAVEL CO Common Stock
    Allegiant Air is an American low-cost airline owned by Allegiant Travel Co. (NASDAQ: ALGT) that operates scheduled and charter flights. Allegiant Travel Company is a publicly traded company with 1,300 employees and one billion USD market capitalization. The corporate headquarters is in Enterprise, Nevada, an unincorporated suburb of Las Vegas. Allegiant Air was founded in January of 1997 by Mitch Allee (Owner, CEO), Jim Patterson (President) and Capt. Dave Beadle (Chief Pilot). The airline received FAA and DOT Certification in June of 1998. Allegiant was founded in 1997 under the name WestJet Express. After a trademark dispute with West Jet Air Center of Rapid City, South Dakota, and with the name's similarity to WestJet Airlines of Canada, the airline adopted the name Allegiant Air and received its operating certificate for scheduled and charter domestic operations in 1998. The airline also has authority for charter service to Canada and Mexico. Wholly owned by Allegiant Travel, the airline has over 1,800 employees. Scheduled service began on October 15, 1998 between Las Vegas and the airline's initial hub in Fresno, California, at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, with
    5.33
    3 votes
    182
    Freeport-McMoRan

    Freeport-McMoRan

    • Issue: FREEPORT-MCMORAN COPPER Common Stock
    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., (FMCG, NYSE: FCX) often called simply Freeport, is the world's lowest-cost copper producer and one of the world's largest producers of gold. It was formerly based in New Orleans, Louisiana but moved its headquarters to Phoenix, Arizona, after acquiring copper producer Phelps Dodge in 2007; its headquarters are located in the Freeport-McMoRan Center in downtown Phoenix. In addition to Phelps Dodge, its subsidiaries include PT Freeport Indonesia, PT Irja Eastern Minerals and Atlantic Copper, S.A. Freeport is the largest publicly traded copper and molybdenum producer in the world. Best known for its Grasberg mine in Papua province, Indonesia, the company is the largest taxpayer to the Indonesian government. It mines and mills ores containing copper, gold, molybdenum and silver for the world market. Richard C. Adkerson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and James R. Moffett is the company's Chairman. McMoRan Exploration Company (NYSE: MMR) is a separately traded firm with some shared management with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Richard C. Adkerson and James R. Moffett are co-chairmen of McMoRan
    5.33
    3 votes
    183
    PepsiCo

    PepsiCo

    • Issue: PEPSICO INC Common Stock
    PepsiCo Inc. is an American multinational food and beverage corporation headquartered in Purchase, New York, United States, with interests in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of grain-based snack foods, beverages, and other products. PepsiCo was formed in 1965 with the merger of the Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay, Inc. PepsiCo has since expanded from its namesake product Pepsi to a broader range of food and beverage brands, the largest of which include an acquisition of Tropicana in 1998 and a merger with Quaker Oats in 2001—which added the Gatorade brand to its portfolio. As of January 2012, 22 of PepsiCo's product lines generated retail sales of more than $1 billion each, and the company's products were distributed across more than 200 countries, resulting in annual net revenues of $43.3 billion. Based on net revenue, PepsiCo is the second largest food & beverage business in the world. Within North America, PepsiCo is ranked (by net revenue) as the largest food and beverage business. Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi has been the chief executive of PepsiCo since 2006, and the company employed approximately 297,000 people worldwide as of 2011. The company's beverage
    5.33
    3 votes
    184
    Tucows

    Tucows

    • Issue: TUCOWS INC Common Stock
    Tucows Inc. or Tucows (originally an acronym for The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software, a name which has long since been dropped) was formed in Flint, Michigan, USA in 1993. It incorporated in Pennsylvania and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company is perhaps best known for its popular website directory of shareware, freeware, and demo software packages available to download. A system of mirror sites is maintained to allow the traffic to the site to be distributed among several worldwide server locations. Tucows contains software for many major computer platforms including Windows, Linux and Macintosh, and also older versions of Windows (most notably the Windows 3.x series). The Tucows logo is two cows' heads, a play on the homophone "two cows". Additionally, their ratings system uses cow icons. Scott Swedorski started Tucows in 1993 to provide users with downloads of both freeware and trial versions of shareware. Internet Direct, owned and operated by John Nemanic, Bill Campbell, and Colin Campbell, acquired Tucows in 1996. STI Ventures acquired Tucows in 1999. The company employed roughly 30 employees in Flint in 1998. There were additional employees in
    5.33
    3 votes
    185
    Boeing

    Boeing

    • Issue: BOEING CO Common Stock
    The Boeing Company (pronounced /ˈboʊ.ɪŋ/ BOH-ing) is an American multinational aerospace and defense corporation. Founded in 1916 by William E. Boeing in Seattle, Washington, the company has expanded over the years, and merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. Boeing moved its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago, Illinois, in 2001. Boeing is made up of multiple business units, which are Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA); Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS); Engineering, Operations & Technology; Boeing Capital; and Boeing Shared Services Group. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers, and the third largest aerospace and defense contractor in the world based on defense-related revenue. The company is the largest exporter by value in the US, and its stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In March 1910, William E. Boeing bought Heath's shipyard in Seattle on the Duwamish River, which later became his first airplane factory. Boeing was incorporated in Seattle by William Boeing, on July 15, 1916, as "Pacific Aero Products Co.". Boeing, who studied at Yale University, worked initially in the timber industry, where he became wealthy and
    7.00
    1 votes
    186
    Delta Air Lines

    Delta Air Lines

    • Issue: DELTA AIR LINES INC Common Stock
    Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), operating as Delta Air Lines, is a major United States airline headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. The airline operates an extensive domestic and international network serving all continents except Antarctica. Delta Air Lines and its subsidiaries operate over 5,000 flights every day with approximately 75,000 employees. The airline's hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic (88 million passengers per year) and number of landings and takeoffs. Delta is the sixth-oldest operating airline by foundation date, and the oldest airline still operating in the United States. Delta Air Lines is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance, the other three being Korean Air, Air France, and Aeroméxico. The loyalty program for Delta Air Lines is SkyMiles. Delta Air Lines is the world's largest airline in terms of fleet size, revenue passenger-kilometers flown, and scheduled passenger traffic. Formed with a Huff-Daland Duster, the first true crop duster, the plane was deployed to combat the boll weevil in 1925 and was nicknamed "The Puffer" due to the
    7.00
    1 votes
    187
    EXL

    EXL

    • Issue: EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS INC Common Stock
    EXL Service (NASDAQ: EXLS) is a provider of outsourcing and transformation services. EXL's services are structured around insurance, banking, financial services, utilities, transportation and travel industries. In 2007 it was ranked 10th among India's ITES-BPO (IT enabled services - Business process outsourcing) exporters. EXL was incorporated in April 1999 in Delaware, USA, by a group including Vikram Talwar and Rohit Kapoor. Vikram was then the Chief executive officer and Managing Director of Ernst & Young, and Rohit managed international investments for clients at Deutsche Bank. In August 2001, Conseco acquired EXL and operated as its wholly owned subsidiary. Later, in November 2002, Oak Hill Capital Partners and FTVentures along with some members of the senior management team bought EXL from Conseco making it a third party pure-play business process outsourcing service provider. May 2011: EXL acquired OPI,one of the last standing pure-play Finance & Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) service providers. May 2010: EXL acquired PDMA, Inc., the developer of LifePRO policy administration platform for life, health and annuity insurance. March 2010: EXL acquired American Express’ Global
    7.00
    1 votes
    188
    The Mosaic Company

    The Mosaic Company

    • Issue: MOSAIC CO/THE Common Stock
    The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) is a Fortune 500 company based in Plymouth, Minnesota. Mosaic offers two key crop nutrients—phosphate and potash—plus specialty products K-Mag, MicroEssentials and Pegasus. The company is a part-owner of Canpotex, which manages all potash exporting from Saskatchewan. Mosaic is the world's largest producer of phosphate and second-largest producer of potash—two crop nutrients which are primary ingredients in producing fertilizer. The company's annual potash production capacity is 10.4 million tonnes, and its phosphate production capacity is 10.3 million tonnes. Mosaic employs approximately 7,500 people worldwide. Launched October 25, 2004, Mosaic was formed by a merger between IMC Global, a fertilizer company formed in 1909, and Cargill's crop nutrition division. Its corporate headquarters is in Plymouth, outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mosaic operates in 10 countries and serves customers in more than 40 countries worldwide. It has port terminals, warehouses and blending and bagging facilities in nine countries and nine phosphate rock mines and plants and five potash production facilities. Mosaic is one of the largest potash producers in the world with
    7.00
    1 votes
    189
    Anadys Pharmaceutical

    Anadys Pharmaceutical

    • Issue: ANADYS PHARMACEUTICALS INC Common Stock
    Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company committed to advancing patient care by discovering, developing and commercializing novel small molecule medicines for the treatment of viral diseases and cancer. The Company has core expertise in structure-based drug design coupled with medicinal chemistry and Toll-Like Receptor-based small molecule therapeutics. Anadys' clinical development programs include ANA380 for the treatment of HBV, currently in mid-stage clinical development, and ANA975 for the treatment of HCV and HBV, which was suspended while in Phase Ib clinical trials due to pre-clinical toxicology observations in animals. The IND covering ANA975 is currently on full clinical hold; however, plans for new pre-clinical studies are underway in an effort to resume the ANA975 clinical program. Overall, Anadys' therapeutic platform is designed to advance a strong and continual pipeline of drug candidates into the clinic. Read about our expertise in:
    • Toll-Like Receptors
    • Structure-based drug design
    6.00
    2 votes
    190
    Exxon Mobil

    Exxon Mobil

    • Issue: EXXON MOBIL CORP Common Stock
    Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) or ExxonMobil, is an American multinational oil and gas corporation. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil company, and was formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. Its headquarters are in Irving, Texas. It is affiliated with Imperial Oil which operates in Canada. ExxonMobil is the world's largest company by revenue and one of the largest publicly traded companies by market capitalization in the world. The company is ranked #1 globally in Forbes Global 2000 list in 2012. Exxon Mobil's reserves were 72 billion oil-equivalent barrels at the end of 2007 and, at then (2007) rates of production, are expected to last over 14 years. With 37 oil refineries in 21 countries constituting a combined daily refining capacity of 6.3 million barrels (1,000,000 m), Exxon Mobil is the largest refiner in the world, a title that was also associated with Standard Oil since its incorporation in 1870. ExxonMobil is the largest of the six oil supermajors with daily production of 3.921 million BOE (barrels of oil equivalent). In 2008, this was approximately 3% of world production, which is less than several of the largest
    6.00
    2 votes
    191
    Greenhill

    Greenhill

    • Issue: GREENHILL & CO INC Common Stock
    Greenhill & Co., Inc. is an independent investment bank focused on providing financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings and capital raisings to corporations, partnerships, institutions and governments. The firm made $298.6m in sales in 2009, with a $71.2m profit. The firm competes primarily against other M&A specialists like Lazard, Houlihan Lokey, Evercore Partners, and Moelis & Co. as well as financial conglomerates like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan. In 2008 Greenhill & Co. was awarded at the 2008 ALB Japan Law Awards as the: Financial News named the company European M&A boutique of the year in both 2009 and 2010. The company was founded in 1996 by Robert F. Greenhill, a former head of mergers at Morgan Stanley. Robert Greenhill took the company public in 2004, listing on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker "GHL". As of Tuesday, July 6, 2010, the company has a market capitalization of $1.87bn. The firm became more widely known for its involvement in the Gallaher and Alliance Boots deals. Recent landmark transactions include advising Alcon on the sale to Novartis and advising Roche on the acquisition of Genentech. The
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    2 votes
    192
    Starbucks

    Starbucks

    • Issue: STARBUCKS CORP Common Stock
    Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) is an American global coffee company and Italian-style coffeehouse chain based in Seattle, Washington. Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 19,972 stores in 60 countries, including 12,937 in the United States, 1,273 in Canada, 971 in Japan, 790 in Great Britain, 657 in China, 453 in South Korea, 356 in Mexico and 276 in Taiwan. Starbucks sells drip brewed coffee, espresso-based hot drinks, other hot and cold drinks, coffee beans, salads, hot and cold sandwiches and panini, sweet pastries, snacks, and items such as mugs and tumblers. Through the Starbucks Entertainment division and Hear Music brand, the company also markets books, music, and film. Many of the company's products are seasonal or specific to the locality of the store. Starbucks-brand ice cream and coffee are also offered at grocery stores. From Starbucks' founding in later forms in Seattle as a local coffee bean roaster and retailer, the company has expanded rapidly. In the 1990s, Starbucks was opening a new store every workday, a pace that continued into the 2000s. The first store outside the United States or Canada opened in the mid-1990s, and overseas
    6.00
    2 votes
    193
    TriQuint Semiconductor

    TriQuint Semiconductor

    • Issue: TRIQUINT SEMICONDUCTOR INC Common Stock
    TriQuint Semiconductor supplies high-performance modules and components for communications companies. The company's diverse markets include wireless handsets, base stations, broadband communications and military products.  TriQuint fills it up with GaAs. TriQuint Semiconductor uses specialized materials such as gallium arsenide (GaAs) instead of silicon as the substrate for its analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). GaAs ICs operate at greater speeds than silicon chips, or at the same speeds with less power consumption. TriQuint's GaAs ICs are used in cell phones, fiber-optic and satellite telecom equipment, data networking devices, and aerospace gear. Customers include Samsung Electronics (15% of sales), Motorola (14%), Nokia, Boeing, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, and Raytheon. TriQuint also offers contract design and fabrication services.

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    194
    Public Service Electric and Gas Company

    Public Service Electric and Gas Company

    • Issue: PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE GP Common Stock
    Public Service Enterprise Group Fortune 500 company (NYSE: PEG), commonly known as PSEG, and originally known as the Public Service Corporation of New Jersey and then as the Public Service Electric and Gas Company, is a regulated, publicly owned gas and electric utility company in the state of New Jersey, United States. It is New Jersey's oldest and largest investor owned utility. The company's headquarters is in Newark. The Public Service Corporation was formed in 1903 by amalgamating more than 400 gas, electric and transportation companies in New Jersey. It was renamed Public Service Electric and Gas Company in 1948. The transportation operations of today's PSE&G were purchased by New Jersey in 1980, leaving PSE&G exclusively in the utility business. In 1985, The Board of Directors created the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) as a holding company, and formed Enterprise Diversified Holdings Inc. (EDHI) in 1989 (now PSEG Energy Holdings), to begin consolidation of its unregulated businesses. In June 2005, the acquisition of PSEG by Exelon, a Chicago and Philadelphia based utility conglomerate, was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; however, the deal was
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    3 votes
    195
    Tesoro

    Tesoro

    • Issue: TESORO CORP Common Stock
    Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) is a Fortune 100 and a Fortune Global 500 company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with 2008 annual revenues of $28.3 billion, and approximately 5,600 employees. Tesoro is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating seven refineries in the Western United States with a combined rated crude oil capacity of approximately 664,000 barrels (105,600 m) per day. Tesoro’s retail-marketing system includes over 870 branded retail gas stations, of which more than 380 are company-operated under the Tesoro, Shell, and USA Gasoline brands. Tesoro was founded in 1968 by Dr. Robert V. West Jr, as a company primarily engaged in petroleum exploration and production (the name Tesoro is Spanish for "treasure"). In 1969, Tesoro began operating its first refinery, near Kenai, Alaska. Tesoro would eventually become the first Fortune 500 company ever headquartered in San Antonio. In the late 1990s, Tesoro grew through a series of acquisitions and initiatives that created Tesoro Corporation, the company focusing on a single core business: petroleum refining and marketing. Acquisitions expanded refining capacity from 72,000 barrels per day
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    3 votes
    196
    Albemarle Corporation

    Albemarle Corporation

    • Issue: ALBEMARLE CORP Common Stock
    Albemarle Corporation is a chemical company with corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a specialty chemical manufacturing enterprise. The Albemarle Paper Manufacturing Company opened in 1887 with the production of kraft paper, also known as Kraft, and blotting paper. In 1921, a team of chemists performing research for General Motors discovered tetraethyl lead (TEL) had antiknock properties as a gasoline additive. As a result, the Ethyl Gasoline Corporation in Richmond, Virginia began production of tetraethyl lead in 1937. TEL remained the primary product of the Ethyl Gasoline Corporation through the next four decades. When the Ethyl Gasoline Corporation expanded its product line (particularly to include MMT), its name was changed to the Ethyl Corporation. The Albemarle Paper Manufacturing Company borrowed $200 million in 1962 and purchased Ethyl Corporation, a company more than thirteen times its size. Throughout the next few decades, The Ethyl Corporation, under the direction of the Albemarle Paper Manufacturing Company, further expanded their product line to include bromine (in 1969 in Magnolia, Arkansas), lubricant additives (in 1975), and aluminum alkyls (in
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    2 votes
    197
    Baxter International

    Baxter International

    • Issue: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC Common Stock
    Baxter International Inc. is an American health care company with headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois. The company primarily focuses on products to treat hemophilia, kidney disease, immune disorders and other chronic and acute medical conditions. The company had 2009 sales of $12.6 billion, across three manufacturing divisions: BioScience (producing recombinant and blood plasma proteins to treat hemophilia and other bleeding disorders; plasma-based therapies to treat immune deficiencies and other chronic and acute blood-related conditions; products for regenerative medicine; and vaccines); Medication Delivery (producing intravenous solutions and other products used in the delivery of fluids and drugs to patients, as well as inhalation anesthetics and contract manufacturing services); and Renal (providing products to treat end-stage renal disease, or irreversible kidney failure, including solutions and other products for peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis). Baxter International was founded in 1931 by Donald Baxter, a medical doctor, as a manufacturer and distributor of intravenous therapy solutions. Baxter's interest was bought out in 1935 by Ralph Falk, who established a research
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    2 votes
    198
    Columbia Sportswear

    Columbia Sportswear

    • Issue: COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR CO Common Stock
    Columbia Sportswear Company is a United States company that manufactures and distributes outerwear and sportswear. It was founded in 1938 by the late Paul Lamfrom, father of present chairperson Gert Boyle. The company is headquartered in Washington County, Oregon, in an unincorporated part of the Portland metropolitan area near Beaverton. Columbia Sportswear also produces footwear, headgear, camping equipment, skiwear, and outerwear accessories. In 2001, it was the largest American seller of ski apparel. Columbia Sportswear began as a small, family-owned hat distributor. Present chairwoman Gert Boyle's parents, Paul and Marie Lamfrom, fled Nazi Germany in 1937 and immediately bought a Portland hat distributorship. They became the Columbia Hat Company, named for the nearby Columbia River. In 1948, Gert married Neal Boyle, who became the head of the company. Frustrations over suppliers influenced the family to start manufacturing their own products. Columbia Hat Company became Columbia Sportswear Company in 1960. In 1970, Neal Boyle died following a heart attack. Gert and son Tim Boyle, then a University of Oregon senior, took over the operations of Columbia, rescuing it from
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    2 votes
    199
    Progress Software

    Progress Software

    • Issue: PROGRESS SOFTWARE CORP Common Stock
    Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), formerly Data Language Corporation, is an American software company that sells business application infrastructure software. Its best known product is the OpenEdge ABL (formerly known as Progress 4GL), which was developed in the early 1980s. Progress's headquarters are in Bedford. The company is composed of the following operating units: Responsive Process Management (RPM), Responsive Business Integration (RBI), Responsive Business Applications (RBA), DataDirect. FuseSource is run as an independent subsidiary. Progress Software was co-founded under the name Data Language Corporation by several MIT graduates, including Joseph W. Alsop, in 1981. The company was renamed in 1987. Progress products and technology are used at over 60,000 organizations in 140 countries including 90% of the Fortune 500. Progress technology provides the infrastructure for applications as diverse as ERP and financial trading, across industries as diverse as retail (Smartstores), manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, and government. In October 2002 Progress Software acquired Boston based eXcelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXLN, formerly Object Design,
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    2 votes
    200
    Synaptics

    Synaptics

    • Issue: SYNAPTICS INC Common Stock
    Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA) develops human interface solutions for many major consumer electronics companies, such as Apple Inc., Asus, Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP, HTC, Lenovo, LG, Logitech, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and several others. The products include touchpads and touchscreens for a variety of devices including notebook PCs, PC peripherals, mobile phones, digital music players, and remote controls. Synaptics was originally founded as a neural network research company in 1986 by Federico Faggin (co-inventor of the microprocessor) and Carver Mead (VLSI pioneer). The company began to apply semiconductor hardware design techniques to a computing technology known as neural networks. The company started shipping commercial products in 1995, with its flagship TouchPad interface for notebook PCs. The TouchPad is a touch-sensitive pad for notebooks or keyboards that senses the position of a user’s finger(s) on the surface to provide screen navigation, cursor movement, application control, and a platform for interactive input. Synaptics went public in 2002 and is currently listed on the NASDAQ exchange. The IPO of 5 million common stock shares at a price of $11.00 per
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    2 votes
    201
    Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Bristol-Myers Squibb

    • Issue: BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO Common Stock
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, often referred to as BMS, is a pharmaceutical company, headquartered in New York City. The company was formed in 1989, following the merger of its predecessors Bristol-Myers and the Squibb Corporation. Squibb was founded in 1858 by Edward Robinson Squibb in Brooklyn, New York, while Bristol-Myers was founded in 1887 by William McLaren Bristol and John Ripley Myers in Clinton, New York (both were graduates of Hamilton College). Bristol-Myers Squibb manufactures prescription pharmaceuticals in several therapeutic areas, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis and psychiatric disorders. Its mission is to "discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases." BMS' primary R&D sites are located in Princeton, New Jersey (formerly Squibb) and Wallingford, Connecticut (formerly Bristol-Myers), with other sites in Hopewell and New Brunswick, New Jersey, and in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium, Tokyo, and Bangalore, India. In 1999, President Clinton awarded Bristol-Myers Squibb the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest recognition for technological achievement,
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    1 votes
    202
    Honeywell

    Honeywell

    • Issue: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC Common Stock
    Honeywell International, Inc. (NYSE: HON) is a major American conglomerate company that produces a variety of commercial and consumer products, engineering services, and aerospace systems for a wide variety of customers, from private consumers to major corporations and governments. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company with a workforce of approximately 130,000, of whom approximately 58,000 are employed in the United States. The company is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey. Its current chief executive officer is David M. Cote. The company and its corporate predecessors were part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index from December 7, 1925, until February 9, 2008. The current "Honeywell International Inc." is the product of a merger in which Honeywell Inc. was acquired by the much larger AlliedSignal in 1999. The company headquarters were consolidated to AlliedSignal's headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey; however the combined company chose the name "Honeywell" because of its superior brand recognition. Honeywell has many brands that commercial and retail consumers may recognize. Some of the most recognizable products are its line of home thermostats (particularly the iconic
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    1 votes
    203
    Rambus

    Rambus

    • Issue: RAMBUS INC Common Stock
    Rambus Incorporated (NASDAQ: RMBS), founded in 1990, is an American technology licensing company. Rambus creates, develops, and invents new technologies and architectures and licenses its innovations and solutions to semiconductor and system companies. Rambus, a California company, was incorporated in 1990 and re-incorporated in the state of Delaware in 1997. The company was listed on NASDAQ in 1997 under the code RMBS. As of February 2006, Rambus derived the majority of its annual revenue by licensing patents for chip interfaces to its customers. Companies such as AMD, Elpida, Infineon, Intel, Matsushita, NECEL, Qimonda, Renesas, Sony, and Toshiba have bought licenses to Rambus patents for use in their own products. According to the Wall Street Journal, "the company's history has been marked by litigation, including patent battles with numerous chip makers." Rambus' share price has ranged between a high of nearly $150 in 2000 to a low of approximately $3 in 2002 with a 4:1 split on June 15, 2000. Rambus' share price in the first quarter of 2010 was between $20 and $24, giving the firm a market capitalization value of around US$2.5 billion. The first PC motherboards with support
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    1 votes
    204
    Solectron

    Solectron

    • Issue: SOLAR CAPITAL LTD Common Stock
    Solectron Corporation was a global electronics manufacturing company for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It pioneered the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry in 1977 and was a leader in the field. Solectron's first customer designed and distributed an electronic controller for solar energy equipment, hence the name — "Solectron" is derived from combining the words "solar" and "electronics". The company was acquired by Flextronics International, Ltd. on October 15, 2007. Solectron was established in 1977 to provide outsourced manufacturing services to third parties. Solectron founder Roy Kusumoto saw a larger opportunity emerging from the growing number of electronics companies in California's Silicon Valley. There was a need to provide printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) services — handling the manufacturing overflow from OEMs. Solectron recognized, early on, that when high-tech companies created innovative products, they had to produce and deliver those products much more quickly and efficiently than the competition. Solectron saw that its customers — OEMs — needed more than an extra pair of hands to assemble and manufacture printed circuit boards. They
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    1 votes
    205
    VeriSign

    VeriSign

    • Issue: VERISIGN INC Common Stock
    Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is an American company based in Reston, Virginia that operates a diverse array of network infrastructure, including two of the Internet's thirteen root nameservers, the authoritative registry for the .com, .net, and .name generic top-level domains and the .cc and .tv country-code top-level domains, and the back-end systems for the .jobs, and .edu top-level domains. Verisign also offers a range of security services, including managed DNS, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation and cyber-threat reporting. In 2010, Verisign sold its authentication business unit – which included SSL (secure socket layer), PKI (public key infrastructure), Verisign Trust Seal, and Verisign Identity Protection (VIP) services – to Symantec for $1.28 billion. The deal capped a multi-year effort by Verisign to narrow its focus to its core infrastructure and security business units. Verisign's former CFO Brian Robins announced in August 2010 that the company would move from its original domicile of Mountain View, California to Dulles in Northern Virginia by 2011 due to 95% of the company's business being on the East Coast. Verisign was founded in 1995 as a spin-off of
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    1 votes
    206
    Deutsche Bank

    Deutsche Bank

    • Issue: DEUTSCHE BANK AG-REGISTERED Common Stock
    Deutsche Bank AG (literally "German Bank"; pronounced [ˈdɔʏtʃə ˈbaŋk]) is a German global banking and financial services company with its headquarters in the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany. It employs more than 100,000 people in over 70 countries, and has a large presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the emerging markets. In 2009, Deutsche Bank was the largest foreign exchange dealer in the world with a market share of 21 percent. Deutsche Bank has offices in major financial centres including London, Madrid, Frankfurt, New York, Paris, Moscow, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Istanbul, Dublin, George Town, Cayman Islands, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, São Paulo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Dubai, Riyadh, Manila, Mumbai, Bangkok and Belgrade. The bank offers financial products and services for corporate and institutional clients along with private and business clients. Services include sales, trading, research and origination of debt and equity; mergers and acquisitions (M&A); risk management products, such as derivatives, corporate finance, wealth management, retail banking, fund management, and transaction banking. Deutsche Bank's Chief Executive Officer
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    2 votes
    207
    Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

    Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

    • Issue: GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER CO Common Stock
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling in Akron, Ohio. Goodyear manufactures tires for automobiles, commercial trucks, light trucks, SUVs, race cars, airplanes, farm equipment and heavy earth-mover machinery. Even though he had no connection with the company, it was named after Charles Goodyear. Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber in 1839. The first Goodyear tires became popular because they were easily detachable and low maintenance. Goodyear is known throughout the world for the Goodyear Blimp. The first Goodyear blimp flew in 1925. Today it is one of the most recognizable advertising icons in America. The company is the most successful tire supplier in Formula One history, with more starts, wins, and constructors' championships than any other tire supplier. They pulled out of the sport after the 1998 season. It is the sole tire supplier for NASCAR series. Goodyear is a former component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Principal operating facilities: North American Tire Manufacturing Facilities. North American Tire owns (or leases with the right to purchase at a nominal price) and operates 23 manufacturing facilities in the United States
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    2 votes
    208
    Magic Software Enterprises

    Magic Software Enterprises

    • Issue: MAGIC SOFTWARE ENTERPRISES Common Stock
    Magic Software Enterprises (NASDAQ: MGIC) is an international software company ranked in the Software 500 by Software Magazine. International headquarters are in Or Yehuda, Israel while the North American headquarters are in Laguna Hills, California and the European main office is located in Houten, Netherlands. The company was founded in 1983 by its former Chairmen, David Assia and Yaki Dunietz. Flagship products include uniPaaS (formerly eDeveloper) Application Platform and iBOLT Integration Platform. Magic Software has the distinction of being the first company to be co-listed on both the NASDAQ and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). Magic Software Enterprises is a provider of business integration, application development and deployment tools. The company has around 500 employees worldwide. The company's headquarters and R&D facility are located in Israel. Regional offices are located in the USA, Japan, Thailand, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Hungary, India, South Africa and Israel. Magic Software has strategic partnerships with IBM, SAP AG, and Salesforce.com. Customers include well-known names from diverse industries, such as Boeing, Burger King, GE Capital,
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    2 votes
    209
    Mentor Graphics

    Mentor Graphics

    • Issue: MENTOR GRAPHICS CORP Common Stock
    Mentor Graphics, Inc is a US-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation (EDA) for electrical engineering and electronics, as of 2004, ranked third in the EDA industry it helped create. The company, founded in 1981, is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, and employs roughly 4,400 people worldwide. In 1981, the idea of computer-aided design for electronics as the foundation of a company occurred to several groups - those who founded Mentor, Valid Logic Systems, and Daisy Systems. One of the main distinctions between these groups was that the founding engineers of Mentor, whose backgrounds were in software development at Tektronix, ruled out designing and manufacturing proprietary computers to run their software applications. They felt that hardware was going to become a commodity owned by big computer companies, so instead they would select an existing computer system as the hardware platform for the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) programs they would build. By February 1981, most of the start-up team had been identified; by March, the three executive founders, Tom Bruggere, Gerry Langeler and Dave Moffenbeier had left Tektronix, and by May the
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    2 votes
    210
    Meredith Corporation

    Meredith Corporation

    • Issue: MEREDITH CORP Common Stock
    The Meredith Corporation is a media conglomerate based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The company has two divisions, National Media and Local Media. Edwin Thomas Meredith founded the company in 1902 when he began publishing Successful Farming magazine. In 1922, Meredith began publishing Fruit, Garden and Home magazine, a home and family service publication. Two years later, this magazine was retitled Better Homes and Gardens, and the first issue cost a dime on the newsstand. In 1930, they published the first edition of The Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Since then, Meredith has introduced numerous other female-oriented consumer brands and has strategically expanded its reach, through acquisitions and strategic partnerships, to become the leading media and marketing company serving the adult female audience in the United States. In addition, the Company has extended its media and marketing platform around the Globe, through acquisitions and strategic licensing relationships. Meredith magazines include the following brands: The broadcasting division owns 14 television stations and one radio station. Meredith's broadcasting division also produces Better, which was originally conceived
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    2 votes
    211
    MGM Resorts International

    MGM Resorts International

    • Issue: MGM MIRAGE Common Stock
    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is a Paradise, Nevada based gaming and hospitality company. It is the second largest gaming company in the world by revenue - about $6 billion in 2009. It owns and operates 15 properties in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, Illinois and Macau, China. The company became MGM Mirage on May 31, 2000, with the merger of MGM Grand and Mirage Resorts. In the mid-2000s, growth of its non-gaming (lodging, food, retail) revenue began to outpace gaming receipts and demand for high-rise condominiums was surging, with median property prices in Las Vegas twice the national average. The company shifted its business model from fully owning and operating resorts and casinos, to being more real estate focused - launching the massive Citycenter mixed-use project. Unfortunately, the latter's development coincided with vast overbuilding on the Strip and a global financial crisis, causing large losses and writedowns in valuation. In June 2010, the company changed to its present name, to reflect its latest strategy of expanding worldwide, including licensing its brand and expertise to develop non-gaming
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    2 votes
    212
    DeVry University

    DeVry University

    • Issue: DEVRY INC Common Stock
    DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology are divisions of DeVry Inc, a private, for-profit higher education organization that is also the parent organization for Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University, American University of the Caribbean, Apollo College, Western Career College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Becker Professional Review, and Advanced Academics, Inc. The school was founded in 1931 as the DeForest Training School, and officially became DeVry University in 2002. DeVry has an enrollment of 80,000+ undergraduate and graduate students. According to the university 237,000+ students have graduated since 1975. The university has more than 90 campuses throughout North America and confers degrees in technology, science, business, the arts, and management. DeVry was founded in Chicago and opened in 1931 as the DeForest Training School, named after Lee DeForest, a colleague and friend of founder Herman A. DeVry. In 1953, the name changed to DeVry Technical Institute in dedication to its founder. In 1966 the school was acquired by the Bell and Howell company, and became part of its Education Group division. In 1985 The Bell & Howell Education Group
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    1 votes
    213
    Express Scripts Incorporated

    Express Scripts Incorporated

    • Issue: EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC Common Stock
    Express Scripts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESRX) is a Fortune 100 company, and it is one of the largest Pharmacy Benefit Management organizations in the United States. The company processes pharmaceutical claims for members at network pharmacies and at their own mail order pharmacies. Headquartered in St. Louis, Express Scripts provides integrated pharmacy benefit management services including network-pharmacy claims processing, home delivery services, specialty benefit management, benefit-design consultation, drug-utilization review, formulary management, and medical and drug data analysis services to manage drug plans for government agencies (both as administrator of employee benefits and public assistance programs), corporations, and unions. One of their largest clients is the United States Department of Defense's TRICARE program. On April 16, Express Scripts announced that it was launching a new product that aims to help patients stay on their meds by predicting who will stop taking prescriptions before the person actually does it. The pharmacy benefits manager is launching ScreenRx, a program that uses a computer to sift through hundreds of factors that affect patients and forecast who is
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    1 votes
    214
    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Buffalo Wild Wings

    • Issue: BUFFALO WILD WINGS INC Common Stock
    Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is a casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise in the United States that is known for its Buffalo wings. Buffalo Wild Wings was founded in 1981 after James Disbrow, then living in Buffalo, New York, came to Kent, Ohio to judge an amateur figure skating competition at Kent State University in 1981. He met up with his friend, Scott Lowery, and went looking for a place to get authentic Buffalo-style chicken wings. Unable to find one, they decided to open up their own restaurant, first in Columbus, Ohio, and then in Westerville, Ohio one year later. Originally called Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck, from which the abbreviation BW3 was created, the restaurant became a franchise; as of December 27, 2009, it had 652 locations (232 directly owned by the company, and 420 franchised locations) across 45 U.S. states. The original name and acronym, BW3, was intentionally reminiscent of the acronym TW3 popularly used in referring to the television show That Was The Week That Was, a show of which co-founder James Disbrow was a fan. The company later changed its name to Buffalo Wild Wings, but still uses the short name BW3 on occasion due to the common usage by
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    2 votes
    215
    American Express

    American Express

    • Issue: AMERICAN EXPRESS CO Common Stock
    American Express Company or AmEx, is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in Three World Financial Center, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. Founded in 1850, it is one of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is best known for its credit card, charge card, and traveler's cheque businesses. Amex cards account for approximately 24% of the total dollar volume of credit card transactions in the US, the highest of any card issuer. BusinessWeek and Interbrand ranked American Express as the 22nd most valuable brand in the world, estimating the brand to be worth US$14.97 billion. Fortune listed Amex as one of the top 20 Most Admired Companies in the World. The company's logo, adopted in 1958, is a Roman gladiator whose image appears on the company's travelers' cheques and charge cards. American Express was started as an express mail business in Buffalo, New York, in 1850. It was founded as a joint stock corporation by the merger of the express companies owned by Henry Wells (Wells & Company), William Fargo (Livingston, Fargo & Company), and John Warren Butterfield (Wells, Butterfield & Company, the successor
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    1 votes
    216
    Cray

    Cray

    • Issue: CRAY INC Common Stock
    Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) is an American supercomputer manufacturer based in Seattle, Washington. The company's predecessor, Cray Research, Inc. (CRI), was founded in 1972 by computer designer Seymour Cray. Seymour Cray went on to form the spin-off Cray Computer Corporation (CCC), in 1989, which went bankrupt in 1995, while Cray Research was bought by SGI the next year. Cray Inc. was formed in 2000 when Tera Computer Company purchased the Cray Research Inc. business from SGI and adopted the name of its acquisition. Seymour Cray began working in the computing field in 1950 when he joined Engineering Research Associates (ERA) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. There, he helped to create the ERA 1103, generally regarded as the first successful scientific computer. ERA eventually became part of UNIVAC, and began to be phased out. He left the company in 1960, a few years after former ERA employees set up Control Data Corporation (CDC). He eventually set up a lab at his home in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, about 85 miles to the east. Cray had a string of successes at CDC, including the CDC 6600 and CDC 7600. When CDC ran into financial difficulties in the late 1960s, development funds for his
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    1 votes
    217
    Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company

    • Issue: FORD MOTOR CO Common Stock
    Ford Motor Company (also known as simply Ford; NYSE: F) is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. In the past it has also produced heavy trucks, tractors and automotive components. Ford owns small stakes in Mazda of Japan and Aston Martin of the United Kingdom. It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family, although they have minority ownership. Ford introduced methods for large-scale manufacturing of cars and large-scale management of an industrial workforce using elaborately engineered manufacturing sequences typified by moving assembly lines; by 1914 these methods were known around the world as Fordism. Ford's former UK subsidiaries Jaguar and Land Rover, acquired in 1989 and 2000 respectively, were sold to Tata Motors in March 2008. Ford owned the Swedish automaker Volvo from 1999 to 2010. In 2011, Ford discontinued the Mercury brand, under which it had marketed entry-level luxury cars in the United States since
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    1 votes
    218
    J.Crew

    J.Crew

    • Issue: J CREW GROUP INC Common Stock
    J.Crew Group, Inc. is an American multi-brand, multi-channel, specialty retailer. The company offers an assortment of women's, men's and children's apparel and accessories, including swimwear, outerwear, loungewear, wedding, bags, hair accessories, belts, jewelry, and shoes. As of January 2011, it operated 333 retail stores throughout the United States. The company conducts its business through retail, factory, clearance, crewcuts, and Madewell stores, catalogs, and on its website. In 1947, Mitchell Cinader and Saul Charles founded Popular Merchandise, Inc., a store which did business as Popular Club Plan and sold low-priced women’s clothing marketed through in-home demonstrations. The 1980s marked a booming sales period for catalog retail giants Lands’ End, Talbots, and L L Bean. Popular Merchandise initiated its own catalog operation, focusing on leisurewear for upper-middle-class customers, aiming for a Ralph Lauren look at a much lower price. The first Popular Club Plan catalog was mailed to customers in January 1983 and continued under that name until 1989. Popular Club Plan catalogs often showed the same garment in more than one picture with close-up shots of the fabrics, so
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    1 votes
    219
    Manpower Inc.

    Manpower Inc.

    • Issue: MANPOWER INC Common Stock
    Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is an American multinational human resource consulting firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Manpower is the world's third-largest HR service provider after Adecco and Randstad Holding. It was established by Elmer Winter and Aaron Scheinfeld in 1948. It was acquired by Blue Arrow of Britain in 1987, but became independent again in 1991. Manpower provides recruitment and assessment, training and development, career management, outsourcing and workforce consulting. The directors include Jeffrey A. Joerres (Chairman, CEO & President), Marc Bolland (Marks and Spencer and Edward J. Zore (Northwestern Mutual). In 1948, Manpower is founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA by attorneys Elmer Winter and Aaron Scheinfeld. The first offices were located in Milwaukee and Chicago, Illinois. In 1954, Manpower continued expanding in the United States by offering franchise business opportunities in addition to company owned branch offices. In 1956, The company became an international company: •1956, offices in Montreal and Toronto, Canada. •1956, offices in the UK •1957, offices opened in France •1963, opened in South America •1964, presence in Asia In 1962,
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    1 votes
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    National Instruments

    National Instruments

    • Issue: NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS CORP Common Stock
    National Instruments Corporation, or NI (NASDAQ: NATI), is an American company with international operation. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, it is a producer of automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software. Common applications include data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. In 2010, the company sold products to more than 30,000 companies in 91 countries with revenues of $860 million. In the early 1970s, three young men, James Truchard, Jeff Kodosky, and Bill Nowlin, were working at the University of Texas at Austin Applied Research Laboratories. As part of a project conducting research for the U.S. Navy, the men were using early computer technology to collect and analyze data. Frustrated with the inefficient data collection methods they were using, the three decided to create a product that would enable their task to be done more easily. In 1976, working in the garage at Truchard's home, the three founded a new company. They attempted to incorporate under several names, including Longhorn Instruments and Texas Digital, but all were rejected. Finally, they settled on the current name of National Instruments. With a $10,000 loan from Interfirst Bank,
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    Northern Trust

    Northern Trust

    • Issue: NORTHERN TRUST CORP Common Stock
    Northern Trust Corporation is an international financial services company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It provides investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking services through a network of 85 offices in 18 U.S. states and 12 international offices in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. As of June 30, 2012, Northern Trust Corporation had $94 billion in banking assets, $4.56 trillion in assets under custody and $704 billion in assets under management. In March 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Northern Trust as the world's most admired company in the "Superregional Banks" category. Northern Trust was founded in 1889 by Byron Laflin Smith in a one-room office in the Rookery Building in Chicago's Loop, with a focus on providing trust and banking services for the city's prosperous citizens. Smith provided 40% of the bank's original capitalization of $1 million, and counted such businessmen and civic leaders as Marshall Field, Martin A. Ryerson, and Philip D. Armour among the original 27 shareholders. Intimately acquainted with the operations of the bank, these men would personally examine Northern's assets and records at each year's
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    Pixelworks

    Pixelworks

    • Issue: PIXELWORKS INC Common Stock
    Pixelworks is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets system-on-chip semiconductors and software for the advanced display industry, including advanced televisions, multimedia projectors and LCD panels. Our system-on-chip semiconductors provide the "intelligence" for these new types of displays and devices by processing and optimizing video and computer graphic signals to produce high-quality images.
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    Sturm, Ruger

    Sturm, Ruger

    • Issue: STURM RUGER & CO INC Common Stock
    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Incorporated is a Southport, Connecticut-based firearm manufacturing company, better known by the shortened name Ruger. Sturm, Ruger produces bolt-action, semi-automatic, full-automatic, and single-shot rifles, shotguns, semi-automatic pistols, and single- and double-action revolvers. Ruger is the fourth largest firearms manufacturer in the United States. Sturm, Ruger & Company was founded by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm in 1949 in a small rented machine shop in Southport, Connecticut. Just prior to their partnership, Bill Ruger had successfully duplicated two Baby Nambu pistols in his garage, from a captured Nambu that he acquired from a returning US Marine, at the close of World War II. When it came to designing their first auto pistol, Ruger decided to incorporate the looks of the German 9mm Luger and the American Colt Woodsman into their first commercially produced .22 caliber pistol (see Ruger Standard), which became so successful that it launched the entire company. Ruger is a dominant player in the .22 LR rimfire rifle market in the U.S., due primarily to the sales of its Ruger 10/22 semiautomatic rifle. The 10/22 is very popular due
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    Varian Medical Systems

    Varian Medical Systems

    • Issue: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC Common Stock
    Varian Medical Systems (VMS) (NYSE: VAR) of Palo Alto, California, is a manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 5,100 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 79 sales and support offices around the world. Varian was founded in 1948 as Varian Associates by Russell H. Varian, Sigurd F. Varian, William Webster Hansen, and Edward Ginzton to sell the Klystron, the first tube which could generate electromagnetic waves at microwave frequencies, and other electromagnetic equipment. By 1999, Varian Associates had branched into semiconductor, vacuum tube, and medical device fields. On April 2, 1999 these divisions split
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    Advisory Board Company

    Advisory Board Company

    • Issue: ADVISORY BOARD CO/THE Common Stock
    The Advisory Board Company is a global research, consulting, and technology firm partnering with 125,000 leaders in 3,200 organizations across health care and higher education. The company was founded in 1979 as the Research Council of Washington with a total of 5 employees. Although its original mission was to answer “any question for any company for any industry,” in 1983 the company began to specialize in research for the financial services industry and changed its name to The Advisory Board Company (ABC). By 1986 The Advisory Board Company launched its strategic research division dedicated to the health care industry, including its first membership program, the Health Care Advisory Board (HCAB). Across the following four years the firm grew to 150 employees, more than 500 health care members and published 15 major reports and 2,000 research briefs each year. In 1993 the firm launched strategic research. Across the first 18 months ABC’s members included almost half of the Fortune 500 companies. The firm expanded to include its first clinically based program, the Cardiology Roundtable in 1994, providing best practices in managing cardiovascular care for the nations’ cardiac
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    Agilent Technologies

    Agilent Technologies

    • Issue: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC Common Stock
    Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A), or Agilent, is a global company that designs and manufactures electronic and bio-analytical measurement instruments and equipment for measurement and evaluation. Agilent Technologies has a stock market capitalization of over 15 billion USD and the company's headquarters are in Santa Clara, California, in the Silicon Valley region. Many of Agilent's predecessor product lines were developed by Hewlett-Packard, the American computing company founded in 1939. In 1999, the product lines not directly connected with computers, storage, and imaging were grouped into a separate company (Agilent), the stock of which was offered to the public in an initial public offering. The Agilent IPO may have been the largest in the history of Silicon Valley at the time. The company thus created in 1999 was an $8 billion company with about 47,000 employees, manufacturing scientific instruments, semiconductors, optical networking devices, and electronic test equipment for telecom and wireless R&D and production. Agilent's major product lines include: Agilent Technologies has a robust research and development arm, Agilent Laboratories or Agilent Labs, with active research in
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    CenterPoint Energy

    CenterPoint Energy

    • Issue: CENTERPOINT ENERGY INC Common Stock
    CenterPoint Energy is a Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility serving several markets in the U.S. states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. It was formerly known as Reliant Energy (from which it is now separated), NorAm Energy, Houston Industries, and HL&P. The company is headquartered in the CenterPoint Energy Tower at 1111 Louisiana Street in Downtown Houston. Some of its notable subscribers include Retail Electric Providers (REPs), such as Reliant Energy, Dynowatt, Texas Power, Bounce Energy, MXenergy, Direct Energy, Stream Energy, First Texas Energy Corporation, Gexa Energy and Cirro Energy. Until December 15, 2004, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessors operated in its various markets under these names; they were used separately prior to Reliant Energy, and later in conjunction with the Reliant Energy and CenterPoint Energy names: In late 2004, four private equity firms—the Texas Pacific Group, the Blackstone Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and Hellman & Friedman—combined forces to purchase Texas Genco from Centerpoint. Later in 2006, Texas Genco was sold to NRG Energy of Princeton, N.J. Hurricane Ike caused great disruption of service
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    Commerce Bancshares

    Commerce Bancshares

    • Issue: COMMERCE BANCSHARES INC Common Stock
    Commerce Bancshares, Inc. is a Kansas City, Missouri based U.S. bank holding company with branches of its Commerce Bank in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Oklahoma. Commerce Bancshares is the corporate parent of Commerce Bank, the successor of the Commerce Trust Company and the National Bank of Commerce. With roots dating back to its first charter in 1865, Commerce Bank is the oldest and largest bank in Kansas City. As of December 31, 2010, it was listed as the 48th largest bank holding company in the United States as reported by the Federal Reserve Bank. This Commerce Bank is not related to other financial institutions named "Commerce Bank" based in New Jersey, Ohio, and Massachusetts. Commerce was founded in 1865 by Francis Reid Long as the Kansas City Savings Association with $10,000 in capital. William Stone Woods acquired it in 1881 and it became the National Bank of Commerce which at the time claimed to be the largest bank west of Chicago, Illinois It became Commerce Bank in 1903 with William Thornton Kemper, Sr. as its first president. Following the Panic of 1907 it was briefly placed into receivership by the Comptroller of Currency. The bank paid its depositors
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    Forrester Research

    Forrester Research

    • Issue: FORRESTER RESEARCH INC Common Stock
    Forrester Research is an independent technology and market research company that provides advice on existing and potential impact of technology, to its clients and the public. Forrester Research has five research centers in the US: Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; and Dallas, Texas. It also has four European research centers in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, and Paris. The firm has 27 sales locations worldwide. It offers a variety of services including syndicated research on technology as it relates to business, quantitative market research on consumer technology adoption as well as enterprise IT spending, research-based consulting and advisory services, events, workshops, teleconferences, and executive peer-networking programs. Forrester Research was founded in July 1983 by George Forrester Colony, now chairman of the board and chief executive officer, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company's first report, "The Professional Automation Report," was published in November 1983. In November 1996, Forrester announced its initial public offering of 2,300,000 shares. In February 2000, the company announced its secondary public
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    Gander Mountain

    Gander Mountain

    • Issue: GANDER MOUNTAIN CO Common Stock
    Gander Mountain, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine, and other outdoor recreation products and services. There are currently 119 Gander Mountain stores in 23 states. Gander Mountain offers a wide array of sportswear for men, women, and children, camouflage and field wear, kayaks and canoes. Gander Mountain began as a catalog-based retailer in Wilmot, Wisconsin. Wilmot is located near Gander Mountain, the highest point in Lake County, Illinois a short distance across the state line. Gander Mountain sold its mail order business to Cabela's in 1999 with a no-compete clause. In 2007 it won a lawsuit brought by Cabela's to resume online sales. On December 6, 2007, the company announced it purchased boating and watersports catalog company Overton's for $70 million from a private-equity firm. The purchase of Overton's, based in Greenville, North Carolina, helped Gander Mountain's transition back into direct marketing. Gander Mountain was formerly traded on NASDAQ but was turned into a private company under the majority ownership of David Pratt and the Erickson family, which own Holiday gas stations. The Gander Mountain
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    Gaylord Entertainment Company

    Gaylord Entertainment Company

    • Issue: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT CO Common Stock
    Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a hotel, resort, entertainment, and media company that was accumulated by Edward Gaylord. It was previously a subsidiary of the Oklahoma City-based Oklahoma Publishing Company, which is owned by the Gaylord family and publishes the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Until 2012, the company was known as Gaylord Entertainment Company, and earlier Gaylord Broadcasting Company. The company is undergoing a reclassification into a real estate investment trust, to be effective January 1, 2013. Gaylord Entertainment came into existence after Edward Gaylord was persuaded by his wife, Thelma, to purchase the Opryland USA properties that had been put up for sale by American General Insurance. The Gaylords took the Opryland businesses and merged them with their television stations and syndicated programs to form Gaylord Broadcasting. Gaylord Broadcasting became the Gaylord Entertainment Company when the company went public on the New York Stock Exchange in the early 1990s. The company flourished as the leader in the "country lifestyle" business under the leadership of E.W. "Bud" Wendell until he retired in 1997. The Opryland Lodging Group was formed
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    Helicos BioSciences

    Helicos BioSciences

    • Issue: HELICOS BIOSCIENCES CORP Common Stock
    Helicos BioSciences Corporation, NASDAQ: HLCS is a publicly traded life science company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts focused on genetic analysis technologies for the research, drug discovery and diagnostic markets. The firm's Helicos Genetic Analysis Platform was the first DNA-sequencing instrument to operate by imaging individual DNA molecules. In May 2010, the company announced a 50% layoff and a re-focusing on molecular diagnostics. Helicos was co-founded in 2003 by life science entrepreneur Stanley Lapidus, Stephen Quake, and Noubar Afeyan with investments from Atlas Venture, Flagship Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, MPM Capital, and Versant Ventures. Helicos's technology images the extension of individual DNA molecules using a defined primer and individual fluorescently labeled nucleotides, which contain a "virtual terminator" preventing incorporation of multiple nucleotides per cycle. In the August 2009 issue of Nature Biotechnology, Dr. Stephen Quake, a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University and a co-founder of Helicos BioSciences, sequenced his own genome, using Single Molecule Sequencing for under $50,000 in reagents.
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    Imation

    Imation

    • Issue: IMATION CORP Common Stock
    Imation, based in Oakdale, Minnesota, is a global technology corporation that describes itself as a global scalable storage and data security company. The company has three core elements – Traditional Storage (magnetic tape and optical products), Secure and Scalable Storage (data backup, data archive and data security solutions designed for small and medium businesses) and what Imation calls “Audio and Video Information” solutions and products. Imation was started in 1996, when 3M spun out its data storage business. The company has undergone a divestment of non-core businesses, and according to a press release issued by Imation in February 2011, the company is investing in “four core product technology areas: Secure Storage, Scalable Storage, Wireless/Connectivity, and Magnetic Tape." The company has been involved in the development of many technological improvements in data storage, such as the introduction of the first magnetic tape in 1947, the first quarter-inch tape cartridge for data storage (QIC) in 1971 and the 3.5-inch (89 mm) floppy disk in 1984. The company now has a market presence in more than 100 countries. In February 2012, Imation announced a "unified Secure Data,
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    Inco

    Inco

    • Issue: NETSUITE INC Common Stock
    Vale Canada Limited (formerly Vale Inco, CVRD Inco and Inco Limited; for corporate branding purposes simply known as "Vale" and pronounced "vah-lay" in English) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Brazilian mining company Vale. Vale's nickel mining and metals division is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It produces nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium, gold, and silver. Prior to being purchased by CVRD (now Vale) in 2006, Inco was the world's second largest producer of nickel, and the third largest mining company outside South Africa and Russia of platinum group metals. It was also a charter member of the 30-stock Dow Jones Industrial Average formed on October 1, 1928. The Canadian Copper Company was founded following the discovery of copper deposits in Sudbury, Ontario. Initially, ore was shipped for smelting to a plant in Constable Hook, New Jersey, owned by the Orford Copper Company. Processing soon revealed that the ore was also rich in nickel and exploration tests revealed an enormous potential. In 1902 the International Nickel Company, Ltd. was created in New York, NY as a joint venture between Canadian Copper, Orford Copper, and American
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    Internap Network Services Corporation

    Internap Network Services Corporation

    • Issue: INTERNAP NETWORK SERVICES Common Stock
    Founded in May 1996 in Seattle, Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP) is a publicly traded company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia that enables route-optimized delivery of content over the Internet. Internap’s business units include Internet Protocol (IP), data center, and Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. The company delivers its Performance IP, Accelerated IP, CDN, colocation, managed hosting and cloud services through Private Network Access Points (P-NAP®) in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Australia. In May 2000, Internap acquired CO Space and officially entered the colocation market. The company offers colocation services in , New York, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Santa Clara and, most recently, Dallas. The new Dallas-Fort Worth data center was the first in Texas to achieve Green Globes certification. In 2008, the company reported that revenue from data center services was slightly less than half of the company’s total revenue. Internap Network Services acquired VitalStream Holdings, Inc., in February 2007. In January 2010, Internap launched its TCP acceleration service with the announcement of Internap XIP™. Internap joined the cloud
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    Jones Apparel Group

    Jones Apparel Group

    • Issue: JONES APPAREL GROUP INC Common Stock
    The Jones Group, Inc. (formerly Jones Apparel Group) (NYSE: JNY), a Fortune 500 company with over 1,000 employees, is an American designer, marketer and wholesaler of branded clothing, shoes and accessories. Its headquarters are in New York City. The company also markets directly to consumers through their chain of specialty retail and value-based stores. In addition, it markets costume jewelry under the Givenchy brand licensed from Givenchy Corporation and footwear under the Dockers Women brand licensed from Levi Strauss & Co. In 2004 the company purchased luxury department store chain Barneys New York for $400 million, and sold it in September 2007 to Dubai-based investment firm Istithmar for $942.3 million. In 1970, Sidney Kimmel founded and became President of the Jones Apparel Division of W.R. Grace & Co. Together with Grace accountant Gerard Rubin, Kimmel bought Grace's fashion division in 1975, incorporating it as Jones Apparel Group. Jones expanded quickly by bringing out new labels and licensing others, such as Christian Dior. In the early 1980s, Jones Apparel offered the sweatsuit fashions of Norma Kamali, and in 1984 they acquired the license for the Gloria Vanderbilt
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    Journal Communications

    Journal Communications

    • Issue: JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS INC-A Common Stock
    Journal Communications, Inc. (NYSE: JRN) is a publicly traded media company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It publishes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a daily newspaper, and it also owns television stations, radio stations and weekly newspapers, among other businesses. The Milwaukee Journal was started in 1882, in competition with four other English-language, four German- and two Polish-language dailies. It launched WTMJ-AM (620) in 1927, and WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) in 1947. The Journal Company, until then primarily owned by local interests, introduced an employee stock trust plan in 1937, and as a result most Journal stock was eventually held by its employees (under certain restrictions). A small bloc of Journal stock was given to Harvard to fund the Nieman Fellowship program for promising journalists, and another bloc was still held by the original owning families until the IPO. The Milwaukee Sentinel, begun in 1837 as a weekly published by Solomon Juneau, passed through the hands of several owners before being sold to the Hearst Corporation in 1924. Hearst operated the Sentinel until 1962, when, following a long and costly strike, it abruptly announced the closing of the paper.
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    Lennar Corporation

    Lennar Corporation

    • Issue: LENNAR CORP-CL A Common Stock
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is a Fortune 500 company based in Miami, Florida, United States, in the Fountainbleau area. It was founded in 1954. In 2008, Lennar was the United States' second largest homebuilder, constructing homes in 17 different states throughout the United States, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia. Its commercial operations are handled by its spinoff LNR Property corporation NYSE: LEN. Co-founded in the 1950s by Leonard Miller. He was the president and CEO of the company until 1997, when his son Stuart Miller replaced him. In 1997 it spun off LNR Property corporation, which handles the commercial operations, under control of Stuart Miller. According to corporate disclosure, Stuart Miller is "the sole director and officer of a family-owned corporation which owns stock that gives it voting control of both companies.", referring to Lennar Corporation and LNR Property Corp. In 2006 it was listed as a Fortune 200 company and one of Forbe's America's Best Managed companies. In 2011, Lennar was the victim
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    LIN TV Corporation

    LIN TV Corporation

    • Issue: LIN TV CORP-CL A Common Stock
    LIN Television Corporation (doing business as LIN Media), is an American holding company that operates 31 television stations. As explained in depth further into the article, all except three are affiliates of the six major television networks of the USA. Two NBC stations are owned in a joint venture with majority controller NBCUniversal, making the stations owned-and-operated stations. The remaining station is a low powered weather station in Indiana. LIN TV's roots trace back to the founding of its former parent, LIN Broadcasting Corporation, in 1961. LIN Broadcasting was engaged in radio, television, direct marketing, information and learning, music publishing, and record labels. LIN takes its initials from three major cities where it originally owned radio stations: Louisville, Indianapolis and Nashville (all located on Interstate 65). The company purchased its first television station, WTVP (now WAND) in Decatur, Illinois, at the end of 1965. It also briefly owned the catalogues of King Records and Starday Records in the early 1970s. LIN Broadcasting made acquisitions in broadcasting, expanded into paging, and in the early 1980s the company entered the fledgling cellular
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    Marathon Oil

    Marathon Oil

    • Issue: MARATHON OIL CORP Common Stock
    Marathon Oil Corporation is a United States-based oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Principal exploration activities are in the United States, Norway, Equatorial Guinea, Poland, Angola and Iraqi Kurdistan. Principal production activities are in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Equatorial Guinea. Within the United States, Marathon Oil has recently focused development efforts on liquids-rich shale plays, including the Bakken and Eagle Ford formations. Marathon Oil owns interests developing Athabasca oil sands (Canada) resources and in Waha Oil Company (Libya). Marathon's headquarters facility is the Marathon Oil Tower in Houston, Texas. Marathon began as The Ohio Oil Company in 1887. In 1889, it was purchased by John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil trust. It remained a part of Standard Oil until the trust was broken in 1911. In 1930, The Ohio bought the Transcontinental Oil Company, giving it the "Marathon" brand name. In 1962, the company changed its name to "Marathon Oil Company" after its main brand name. Mobil wanted to buy the company in 1981. The residents of Findlay, Ohio, the corporation's home town, worried that the Findlay jobs would be
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    Molex

    Molex

    • Issue: MOLEX INC Common Stock
    Molex is a supplier of electronic interconnectors. Molex sells over 100,000 products, including everything from electrical and fiber optic interconnect solutions, to switches and application tooling. Molex supplies a variety of industries, including the telecom, datacom, computer and peripheral, automotive, premise wiring, industrial, consumer, medical and military markets. Molex originated a large variety of connector types, but only one is commonly used in computer hardware, and thus is known unambiguously as a "Molex connector" in that context. That connector type is the one pictured, which is used for power connections for disk drives and other computer components. An AT or ATX standard 'power supply' normally has multiple connectors of this type. A connector that delivers power has female pins in a male housing, as pictured; a connector that receives power has male pins in a female housing. The company began by making flowerpots out of an industrial byproduct plastic called Molex. Later they made connectors for General Electric and other appliance manufacturers out of the same plastic. Molex acquired Woodhead Industries in the largest acquisition in the former's
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    Nathan's Famous

    Nathan's Famous

    • Issue: NATHAN'S FAMOUS INC Common Stock
    Nathan's Famous, Inc. (NASDAQ: NATH) is a company that operates a chain of U.S.-based fast food restaurants specializing in hot dogs. The original Nathan's restaurant stands at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in the Coney Island neighborhood of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Its headquarters are in Wing A of the second floor of One Jericho Plaza in Jericho, New York. Nathan's began as a nickel hot dog stand in Coney Island in 1916 and bears the name of co-founder Nathan Handwerker (June 14, 1892, Poland – March 25, 1974), who started the business with his wife, Ida Handwerker, née Ida Greenwald (September 25, 1897 - December 24, 1976). Ida created the hot dog recipe they used, and Ida's grandmother created the secret spice recipe. Handwerker, an employee of Feltman's German Gardens, was encouraged by singing waiters Eddie Cantor and Jimmy Durante to go into business in competition with his former employer. He and Ida spent their life savings of $300 to begin the business. Handwerker undercut Feltman's by charging five cents for a hot dog when his former employer was charging ten. At a time when food regulation was in its infancy and the pedigree of the hot dog
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    Netflix

    Netflix

    • Issue: NETFLIX INC Common Stock
    Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is an American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, United Kingdom and Ireland and flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California. It started its subscription-based digital distribution service in 1999 and by 2009 it was offering a collection of 100,000 titles on DVD and had surpassed 10 million subscribers. On February 25, 2007, Netflix announced the billionth DVD delivery. In April 2011, Netflix announced 23.6 million subscribers in the United States and over 26 million worldwide. By 2011, the total digital revenue for Netflix reached $1.5 billion. Netflix was founded in 1997 in Scotts Valley, California by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings, who previously had worked together at Pure Software, along with Mitch Lowe. Hastings was inspired to start the company after being charged late fees for returning a rented copy of Apollo 13 after the due date. The Netflix website launched in April 1998 with an online version of a more traditional pay-per-rental model (US $4 per rental plus US $2 in postage; late fees
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    Neutral Tandem

    Neutral Tandem

    • Issue: NEUTRAL TANDEM INC Common Stock
    Since its inception in 2003, Neutral Tandem has quickly become the telecommunications service provider of choice by meeting the needs of competitive carriers with a neutral infrastructure to complete calls. We are fundamentally improving wireless, wireline, and broadband carriers’ ability to compete for and maintain customers.

    Our company was founded on the principle that a tandem network for exchanging voice traffic must be neutral – meaning, not owned by any one incumbent carrier – and is critical to the type of vigorous competition that ultimately will result in lower-cost, higher-value telecommunications services for consumers and enterprises. Neutral Tandem established such a network, making it easier, more efficient, and cost-effective for wireless carriers, cable companies, CLECs and VoIP providers to enter new markets and grow their existing business.

    Ultimately, the consumer has access to more choices, more innovative services, and greater reliability from the provider he or she ultimately chooses. Competitive carriers have made Neutral Tandem the premier company of our kind, and the undisputed market leader. We are trusted by nearly every national and regional wireless carrier, cable, CLEC, and VoIP provider in the 55 markets and 118 LATAs we serve. In fact, our network is helping competitive carriers exchange billions of minutes of traffic per month to over 200 million telephone numbers across the country.

    Neutral Tandem’s unique business strategy, patent-pending services and widespread market acceptance have helped us raise significant capital from leading venture capital firms including our initial investors Doll Capital Management and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Neutral Tandem is a fully funded enterprise.
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    Rockwell Collins

    Rockwell Collins

    • Issue: ROCKWELL COLLINS INC. Common Stock
    Rockwell Collins, Inc. is a large United States-based international company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, primarily providing aviation and information technology systems and services to governmental agencies and aircraft manufacturers. Arthur Collins founded Collins Radio Company in 1933 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the purpose of designing and producing both shortwave radio equipment and equipment for the burgeoning AM Broadcast industry. As the Collins reputation for fine quality and uncompromising construction grew, Collins was solicited by the military, the scientific community and by the larger AM radio stations for special equipment. The company captured worldwide attention when Collins supplied the equipment to establish a communications link with the South Pole expedition of Rear Admiral Richard Byrd in 1933. Financial income increased steadily enabling Arthur Collins to continually change and enhance, broaden and diversify his equipment, which, in the end, became a dominant force in the radio equipment industry. By 1936 Collins had already begun production of their famous 12H audio console, 12X portable field announcers box and their 300E and 300F broadcast
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    Smithfield Foods

    Smithfield Foods

    • Issue: SMITHFIELD FOODS INC Common Stock
    Smithfield Foods, Inc. is the world's largest pork producer and processor. Headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, it runs facilities in 26 U.S. states, including the largest slaughterhouse and meat-processing plant in the world, located in Tar Heel, North Carolina. It also has operations in Mexico and in 10 European countries, with a global total of over 46,000 employees and an annual revenue of $13 billion. Smithfield was founded in 1936 by Joseph W. Luter and his son as the Smithfield Packing Company, now its largest subsidiary. From 1981 it began to purchase companies such as Eckrich, Farmland Foods of Kansas, Gwaltney of Smithfield, John Morrell, Murphy Family Farms of North Carolina, and Premium Standard Farms. It was able to grow as a result of its highly industrialized pig production, raising the animals using a vertical integration system of production that enables the company to control their development from conception to packing. Thousands of them are housed together in barns with metal roofs, known as CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), where they are permanently confined. The company raises around 15 million pigs a year and processes 27 million, producing
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    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

    • Issue: STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS Common Stock
    Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is an American hotel and leisure company headquartered in Stamford, CT. One of the world's largest hotel companies, it owns, operates, franchises and manages hotels, resorts, spas, residences, and vacation ownership properties under its nine owned brands. As of December 31, 2009, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. owned, managed, or franchised 992 properties employing over 145,000 people, of whom approximately 26% were employed in the United States. Starwood Hotels and Resorts was originally formed by the real estate investment firm Starwood Capital to take advantage of a tax break; at the time the company was known as Starwood Lodging. Initially, Starwood Lodging owned a number of hotels throughout North America, all under different brand names. The Westin Hotel Company was purchased in 1994 from Aoki Corporation of Japan. Starwood acquired the Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, and The Luxury Collection brands from ITT Sheraton in 1998. In 1999, Starwood launched their "W" Hotels brand. In September 2005, Starwood announced the launch of aloft, a new hotel brand based on W. aloft Hotels catered toward business travelers.
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    Viacom

    Viacom

    • Issue: VIACOM INC-CLASS A Common Stock
    Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), short for "Video & Audio Communications", is an American global mass media company with interests primarily in, but not limited to, cinema and cable television. As of 2010, it is the world's fourth-largest media conglomerate, behind The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner and News Corporation. Viacom is owned in majority by National Amusements, Inc., a privately owned theater company based in Dedham, Massachusetts, USA. National Amusements holds another controlling stake in CBS Corporation. The current Viacom was created on December 31, 2005 as a spinoff from CBS Corporation, which changed its name from Viacom to CBS at the same time. CBS, not Viacom, retains control of the over-the-air broadcasting, TV production, outdoor advertising, subscription pay television (Showtime) and publishing assets (Simon & Schuster) formerly owned by the larger company. However, Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, retains majority control of Viacom. Predecessor firms of Viacom include Gulf+Western, which later became Paramount Communications Inc., and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Comprising BET Networks, MTV Networks, and Paramount Pictures, Viacom
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    Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

    Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

    • Issue: VISHAY INTERTECHNOLOGY INC Common Stock
    Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components. Vishay has manufacturing plants in Israel, Asia, Europe, and the Americas where it produces rectifiers, diodes, MOSFETs, optoelectronics, selected integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Vishay Intertechnology revenues for 2010 were $2.725 billion. As of December 31, 2010, Vishay Intertechnology had over 22,000 full-time employees. Vishay Intertechnology was founded in 1962 by Dr. Felix Zandman. It began operations with a patented technology that had two product lines: foil resistors and foil resistance strain gages. In 1985, having grown from a start-up into the world's leading manufacturer of these original products, the company began an ongoing series of acquisitions to become a broadline manufacturer of electronics components. Having expanded into so many product lines, Vishay announced in October 2009 that it would be creating a spin off company which focuses on their high precision technologies in Foil Technology. Vishay Precision Group represents approximately 9% of Vishay annual revenue, and included their
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    Xilinx

    Xilinx

    • Issue: XILINX INC Common Stock
    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) ( /ˈzaɪlɪŋks/ ZY-lingks) is an American technology company, primarily a supplier of programmable logic devices. It is known for inventing the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and as the first semiconductor company with a fabless manufacturing model. Founded in Silicon Valley in 1984, the company is headquartered in San Jose, California, with additional offices in Longmont, Colorado; Dublin, Ireland; Singapore; Hyderabad, India; and Tokyo, Japan. Ross Freeman, Bernard Vonderschmitt, and James V Barnett II, who all had worked for integrated circuit and solid-state device manufacturer Zilog Corp, founded Xilinx in 1984. While working for Zilog, Freeman wanted to create chips that acted like a blank tape, allowing users to program the technology themselves. At the time, the concept was paradigm-changing. "The concept required lots of transistors and, at that time, transistors were considered extremely precious – people thought that Ross's idea was pretty far out", said Xilinx Fellow Bill Carter, who when hired in 1984 as the first IC designer was the Xilinx's eighth employee. Big semiconductor manufacturers were enjoying strong profits by producing
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