GE Energy's European headquarters in Belfort, France
Rank in Electronics: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.07
Why it's admiredGE slips seven spots from No. 9 last year after an SEC investigation into the company's accounting practices at its GE Capital unit resulted in a $50 million civil settlement. The conglomerate, whose products range from wind turbines to medical imaging devices, held the No. 1 spot from 2001 to 2002 and 2005 through 2007. And GE still ranks relatively high, thanks to years of continued growth and a history of consistently beating earnings estimates. Where it falls next year will be telling. In December the company announced a complex $37 billion joint venture with Comcast that will eventually result in the cable company taking a controlling stake in GE's entertainment division NBC Universal. --C.T.
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