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18. Apple
Apple
Rank: 18 (Previous rank: 39)
CEO: Steven P. Jobs
Address: 1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014-2084
The company that revolutionized the music and mobile industries with its iPod and iPhone upped the ante this year by introducing the iPad. Apple shipped 3.3 million of the tablet computers in the quarter it was introduced, and also posted record Mac computer sales.

But the biggest driver of profits for the tech giant has been the iPhone. "Antennagate" aside, demand for Apple's new iPhone 4, which boasts video chat and a sharper display, has outstripped supply for months. Sales of iPhones and related services nearly doubled for the first nine months of 2010, compared to the year-ago period.

--R.O.

What kind of businesses do you think are primed to grow in a sluggish economy?
  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 51,123.0 34 40
Net income** 10,812.0 ó ó
Total return ó 27 18
Earnings per share ó 55 40
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $262.98
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 18
Industry: Technology
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 Ebix 3 108.6
2 salesforce.com 4 1,377.5
3 Pegasystems 8 276.7
4 Priceline.Com 11 2,460.5
5 Sohu.com 12 529.0
6 Apple 18 51,123.0
7 NetScout Systems 24 260.3
8 AsiaInfo Holdings 26 261.8
9 Research In Motion 33 14,953.2
10 Multi-Fineline Electronix 35 757.3
11 Cognizant Technology Solutions 37 3,492.5
12 ANSYS 39 536.6
13 FLIR Systems 43 1,162.4
14 Sapient 45 709.1
15 China Information Security Technology 50 111.3
16 Synaptics 57 484.5
17 F5 Networks 64 730.6
18 Dolby Laboratories 66 799.8
19 Open Text 76 875.4
20 Sina 77 369.8
21 GeoEye 84 306.3
22 NCI 88 478.9
23 ManTech International 97 2,158.3
24 MetroPCS Communications 100 3,655.7
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
Notes:
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
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