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Alcoa, Inc. produces primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. It also markets consumer brands to its customers. The company offers flat rolled products, including sheet and plate, foil products, and can reclamation products; engineered products that include aerospace products, auto components, architectural extrusions, castings, extrusion, tube, and fasteners; and packaging and consumer products, which include consumer products, flexible packaging products, closures, machinery, graphics, food service packaging, protective packaging, polymerization, and extrusion. The company's other products include telecommunications, auto engineering, and home exteriors. In addition, Alcoa offers nonaluminum products, including precision castings, industrial fasteners, vinyl siding, consumer products, food service and flexible packaging products, plastic closures, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. Its products are used in aircraft, automobiles, commercial transportation, packaging, consumer products, building and construction, and industrial applications. The company has operations in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and the United States. Alcoa has strategic partnership with Ferrari S.p.A. to develop aluminum spaceframe technology for Ferrari vehicles; and a joint venture with CITIC. The company was formed in 1888 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC (AIG)
American International Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in a range of insurance and insurance-related activities in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: General Insurance, Life Insurance and Retirement Services, Financial Services, and Asset Management. The General Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance, excess liability, inland marine, environmental, workers compensation, excess and umbrella coverages, aviation, accident and health, equipment breakdown, directors and officers' liability, difference-in-conditions, kidnap-ransom, export credit and political risk, and various types of professional errors and omissions coverages. Life Insurance and Retirement Services segment offers individual and group life, payout annuities, endowment and accident, and health policies. The company also provides investment-oriented products, such as fixed and variable annuities. Financial Services segment engages in financial products and services, including aircraft leasing, capital market transactions, and consumer and insurance premium financing. Its consumer finance products include real estate mortgages, consumer loans, retail sales finance, and credit-related insurance. Asset Management segment's operations comprise various investment-related services and investment products, including institutional and retail asset management, broker dealer services, and spread-based investment business. The company offers its services from approximately 2,200 offices in the United States, 8 offices in Canada, and several offices internationally. American International Group was formed in 1967 and is based in New York City.
AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY (AXP)
American Express Company (AEC) provides travel-related services, payment services, financial advisory services, and international banking services worldwide. Its travel-related services include global card network services; charge card and credit cards for consumers and businesses; consumer and small business lending products; travelers checks; business expense management products and services; business travel and travel management services; consumer travel services; transaction processing; tax, accounting, and business consulting services; and magazine publishing. The company also offers investment products and services to retail and institutional clients, including mutual funds, annuities, face-amount certificates, collective funds, real estate investment trusts, collateralized debt obligations, and hedge funds; and investment services, including wrap programs, financial planning services, and separately managed accounts. In addition, AEC offers individual retirement accounts, employer-sponsored retirement plans, and Section 529 college savings plans; personal trust services; and retail securities brokerage. It also provides life, disability income, long term care, and property and casualty insurance products. Further, the company offers banking and financial services to wealthy individuals, financial institutions, and retail customers. It provides interest-bearing deposits, unsecured lines of credit, installment loans, money market funds, mortgage loans, auto loans, and mutual funds, as well as offers investment management, and trust and estate planning. Its correspondent banking products include international payments processing; trade-related payments and financing; cash management; and investment products. It also provides treasury and capital market products and services, including foreign exchange, foreign exchange options and other derivatives, and interest rate risk management products. AEC was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York City.
The Boeing Company operates in the aerospace industry worldwide. It has four segments: Commercial Airplanes, Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC), and Other. The Commercial Airplanes segment develops, produces, and markets commercial jet aircraft, as well as provides related support services primarily to the commercial airline industry. This segment's family of commercial jet aircraft includes the 717 and 737 narrow-body models, as well as the 747, 767, 777, and 787 wide-body models. The IDS segment involves in the research, development, production, modification, and support of military aircraft, helicopters and missiles, space systems, missile defense systems, satellites and satellite launching vehicles, rocket engines, and information and battle management systems. The BCC segment facilitates, arranges, structures, and/or provides selective financing solutions. The Other segment provides two-way broadband data communications service to commercial airlines and their passengers. The Boeing Company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
Citigroup, Inc., a holding company, provides a range of financial services to consumer and corporate customers worldwide. It operates through four segments: Global Consumer, Corporate and Investment Banking, Global Wealth Management, Alternative Investment. Global Consumer segment provides a range of banking, lending, insurance, and investment services through a network of local branches; offices; and electronic delivery systems, including automated teller machines, automated lending machines, and Internet. As of September 30, 2005, this segment maintained 2,705 offices in North America, and 1,759 sales points in Japan. Corporate and Investment Banking segment provides a range of investment and commercial banking services and products, including debt and equity trading, institutional brokerage, advisory services, foreign exchange, structured products, derivatives, and lending. This segment also offers cash management and trade finance for corporations and financial institutions; custody and fund services to investors; clearing services to intermediaries, such as broker and dealers; and depository and agency/trust services to multinational corporations and governments. Global Wealth Management segment provides wealth management services to high-net-worth and affluent clients; investment advice, financial planning, and brokerage services to small and mid-size companies and others; and asset management services. This segment also provides investment management services, which include investment funds management and capital markets solutions, as well as provides trust, fiduciary, and custody services; investment finance services, such as credit services, including real estate financing, commitments, and letters of credit. Alternative Investment segment manages a range of products across five asset classes, including private equity, hedge funds, real estate, structured products, and managed futures. Citigroup was founded in 1812 and is based in New York City.
Caterpillar, Inc. manufactures construction and mining equipment; diesel and natural gas engines; and industrial gas turbines. It operates its business in Machinery, Engines, and Financial Products lines. Machinery line involves in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of construction, mining, and forestry machinery, such as track and wheel tractors, track and wheel loaders, pipelayers, motor graders, wheel tractor-scrapers, track and wheel excavators, backhoe loaders, log skidders, log loaders, off-highway trucks, articulated trucks, paving products, telescopic handlers, skid steer loaders, and related parts. It also offers logistics services for other companies. Engines line offers engines for the company's machinery; electric power generation systems; on-highway vehicles and locomotives; marine, petroleum, construction, industrial, agricultural, and other applications; and related parts. Financial Products line provides a range of retail financing alternatives to customers and dealers for Caterpillar machinery and engines, solar gas turbines, as well as other equipment and marine vessels. The company also offers various forms of insurance to customers and dealers to help support the purchase and lease of equipment, as well as invests in independent power projects using Caterpillar power generation equipment and services. It markets its products through various distribution centers and dealers in the United States and worldwide. The company was formed as Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 1925 and changed its name to Caterpillar, Inc. in 1986. Caterpillar, Inc. is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois.
E.I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY (DD)
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) operates as a science and technology company. It engages in a range of fields, including biotechnology, electronics, materials science, safety and security, and synthetic fibers. The company operates in seven segments: Agriculture and Nutrition, Coatings and Color Technologies, Electronic and Communication Technologies, Performance Materials, Safety and Protection, Pharmaceuticals, and Textiles and Interiors. The Agriculture and Nutrition segment offers hybrid seed corn and soybean seed, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, value enhanced grains, and soy protein. The Coatings and Color Technologies segment provides automotive finishes, industrial coatings, and white pigments. The Electronic and Communication Technologies segment offers fluorochemicals, fluoropolymers, photopolymers, and electronic materials. The Performance Materials segment provides engineering polymers, packaging and industrial polymers, films, and elastomers. The Safety and Protection segment provides specialty and industrial chemicals, nonwovens, aramids, and solid surfaces. The Pharmaceuticals segment includes the company's interest in two antihypertensive drugs, the Cozaar and Hyzaar. The Textiles and Interiors segment offers flooring systems, industrial fibers, polyester fibers, branded and unbranded elastane, textiles, and intermediates. The company serves various markets, including transportation, safety and protection, construction, motor vehicle, agricultural, home furnishings, medical, packaging, electronics, and nutrition and health. DuPont was founded in 1802 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.
WALT DISNEY COMPANY (DIS)
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified entertainment company worldwide. It operates in four segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products. The Media Networks segment operates television networks that broadcast programs in dayparts; and radio networks, which produce and distribute news network programming, syndicated talk and music programs, music formats, and other programs. It also produces and distributes cable television programming; licenses programming; invests in foreign television broadcasting, production, and distribution entities; and operates Internet Web site businesses. The Parks and Resorts segment owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort, which includes theme parks, hotels, a sports complex, conference centers, golf courses, and water parks; other recreational facilities; and Disneyland Resort. It also operates ESPN Zone facilities in the United States; Disneyland Resort Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong; and licenses the operations of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution to the theatrical, home entertainment, and television markets; and produces stage plays and musical recordings. The Consumer Products segment licenses Walt Disney characters, and visual and literary properties to manufacturers, retailers, show promoters, and publishers; and publishes books and magazines for children and families, as well as film, video, and computer software products for the educational marketplace. The company distributes its products through its Disney Stores and online. As of October 1, 2005, it owned and operated 104 stores primarily in Europe and 315 stores in North America. The company was founded in 1923 and is based in Burbank, California.
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (GE)
General Electric Company engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of various products for the generation, transmission, distribution, control, and utilization of electricity. The company operates through 11 segments: Advanced Materials, Commercial Finance, Consumer Finance, Consumer and Industrial, Energy, Equipment and Other Services, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Insurance, NBC Universal, and Transportation. Through these segments, it delivers network television services; operates television stations; and provides cable, Internet, and multimedia programming services. In addition, the company offers various financial and other services, including consumer financing, commercial and industrial financing, real estate financing, asset management and leasing, mortgage services, consumer savings and insurance services, and specialty insurance and reinsurance. GE's products include major appliances; lighting products; industrial automation products; medical diagnostic imaging equipment; motors; electrical distribution and control equipment; locomotives; power generation and delivery products; nuclear power support services and fuel assemblies; commercial and military aircraft jet engines; chemicals for treatment of water and process systems; and engineered materials, such as plastics, silicones, and superabrasive industrial diamonds. The company provides various services, such as product services; electrical product supply houses; electrical apparatus installation, engineering, repair, and rebuilding services; and computer-related information services. GE has a strategic alliance with Harrison Western Process Technologies, Inc. to provide process recovery, water reuse, and wastewater solutions to serve the mining market. GE operates in approximately 100 countries worldwide. General Electric Company was created pursuant to the merger of Edison General Electric Company and Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1892. The company is based in Fairfield, Connecticut.
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION (GM)
General Motors Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of cars and light trucks worldwide. It operates through Automotive, and Financing and Insurance Operations (FIO) segments. The Automotive segment designs, manufactures, and markets passenger cars, trucks, and locomotives, as well as related parts and accessories. The company offers its vehicles primarily under the brands Chevrolet, Pontiac, GMC, Oldsmobile, Buick, Cadillac, Saturn, and HUMMER. The FIO segment provides a range of financial services, including consumer vehicle financing; full service leasing and fleet leasing; dealer financing; car and truck extended service contracts; residential and commercial mortgage services; vehicle and homeowners' insurance; and asset-based lending. The company's automotive-related products are marketed through retail dealers and distributors primarily in the United States, Canada, and Mexico; and through distributors and dealers overseas. The company has partnerships with Fiat Auto SpA of Italy; DaimlerChrysler AG of Germany; and Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., Isuzu Motors, Ltd., and Suzuki Motor Corp. of Japan. General Motors was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.
The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company provides its products and services through home depot and EXPO design center stores. Its home depot stores sell a range of building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide various installation services. The EXPO design center stores offer various interior design products and installation services for kitchens, baths, appliances, and flooring, as well as products for lighting, decorating, and storage and organization projects. These stores also provide project management and installation services. As of July 31, 2005, the company operated 1,955 stores. It offers its products and services to homeowners, professional remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, and tradesmen. In addition, the company distributes plumbing; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning appliances; and other related products primarily to trade and mechanical contractors. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC (HON)
Honeywell International, Inc. provides aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; automotive products; specialty chemicals; fibers; and electronic and advanced materials. It operates in four segments: Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions, Specialty Materials, and Transportation Systems. The Aerospace segment supplies aircraft engines, avionics, and related products and services for commercial airlines, business and regional aircraft, manned and unmanned military aircraft, and spacecraft. Its portfolio includes engines, systems, and services; aerospace electronic systems; and aircraft landing systems. The Automation and Control Solutions segment provides environmental controls and combustion; sensing and controls; security and life safety products and services; and industrial automation solutions. This segment also offers building solutions. The Specialty Materials segment develops and manufactures chemicals and materials for applications in the automotive, healthcare, agricultural, packaging, fibers, refrigeration, semiconductor, wax, and adhesives markets. Its product portfolio includes fluorocarbons, specialty films, advanced fibers, research chemicals and intermediates, and electronic materials and chemicals. The Transportation Systems segment provides charge-air systems; thermal systems; aftermarket filters, spark plugs, electronic components, and car care products; and friction materials aftermarket brake hard parts. Honeywell International has a joint venture with Rockwell Collins, Inc. The company operates in the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Honeywell International was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Morris Township, New Jersey.
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (HPQ)
Hewlett-Packard Company provides products, technologies, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small and medium sized businesses, and large enterprises worldwide. The company provides industry standard servers and business critical servers. It also offers entry-level, mid-range, and enterprise arrays; storage area networks; network attached storage; storage management software; and virtualization technologies, as well as tape drives, tape libraries, and optical archival storage. In addition, Hewlett-Packard provides multivendor information technology (IT) services, such as technology services, consulting and integration, managed services, and other services. In addition, the company offers management software solutions that enable enterprise customers to manage their IT infrastructure, operations, applications, IT services, and business processes, as well as carrier-grade platforms for developing and deploying voice, data, and converged services to network and service providers. It offers commercial and consumer personal computers, workstations, handheld computing devices, digital entertainment systems, calculators and other related accessories, and software and services; inkjet printers, LaserJet printers, digital photography and entertainment, graphics, and imaging and printer supplies for printer hardware, printing supplies, and scanning devices; and network infrastructure products, including Ethernet switch products. Further, Hewlett-Packard provides financial life cycle management services. The company sells its products through retailers, distribution partners, independent distributors, original equipment manufacturers, systems integrators, and systems integrators. Hewlett-Packard was founded in 1939 by William R. Hewlett and David Packard. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (IBM)
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) operates as an information technology (IT) company worldwide. Its Global Services segment provides consulting services for application and systems integration, client relationship management, financial management, human capital, business strategy and change, supply chain management, and transformation of business processes. The company's Systems and Technology Group segment provides system and component design services, outsourcing of clients' design teams, and technology and manufacturing consulting services. It also offers data storage products, including disk, tape, and storage area networks. In addition, this segment provides semiconductor technology and products, packaging solutions, and engineering technology services to original equipment manufacturer clients. IBM's Personal Systems Group segment offers desktop and notebook computers, production print solutions, on demand print-related solutions, enterprise workgroup print technologies, and print management software and services. Its Software segment provides middleware and operating systems software. Middleware software enables clients to integrate systems, processes, and applications across their enterprises. It also offers collaboration and messaging software to engage in asynchronous communication and knowledge management. The company's Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal customers. IBM's Enterprise Investments segment develops and provides industry-specific IT solutions supporting the hardware, software, and global services segments of the company. Its product lines include product life cycle management software and document processing technologies. The company was founded in 1910. It was formerly known as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM is based in Armonk, New York.
Intel Corporation operates as a semiconductor chip maker that supplies technology solutions for the computing and communications industries. The company's products include microprocessors; chipsets; motherboards; flash memory; communications infrastructure components, including network and embedded processors; wired and wireless connectivity products; products for networked storage; application processors; and cellular baseband chipsets. It sells its products to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers who manufacture computer systems, cellular handsets and handheld computing devices, and telecommunications and networking communications equipment. Intel's customers also include personal computer and network communications products users, including individuals, large and small businesses, and service providers, as well as manufacturers of a range of industrial and communications equipment. It markets its products primarily in Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan. The company has a strategic alliance with Alcatel to develop mobile WiMAX solutions. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 and is based in Santa Clara, California.
Johnson & Johnson engages in the manufacture and sale of various products in the health care field primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MDD). Consumer segment manufactures and markets a range of products used in the baby and child care, skin care, oral and wound care, and women's health care fields, as well as over-the-counter pharmaceutical and nutritional products. These products are marketed primarily to the general public; and sold to wholesalers, and directly to independent and chain retail outlets worldwide. Pharmaceutical segment franchises various products in the anti-fungal, anti-infective, cardiovascular, contraceptive, dermatology, gastrointestinal, hematology, immunology, neurology, oncology, pain management, psychotropic, and urology fields. These products are distributed directly, and through wholesalers and health care professionals for use by prescription by the general public. MDD segment offers a range of products, including wound care and women's health products; minimally invasive surgical products; circulatory disease management products; blood glucose monitoring products; professional diagnostic products; orthopedic joint reconstruction, spinal, and sports medicine products; and disposable contact lenses. These products are distributed directly and through surgical suppliers and other dealers for use by or under the direction of physicians, nurses, therapists, hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, and clinics. Johnson & Johnson has an agreement with Bayer AG to jointly develop and market a compound labelled BAY 59-7939 for the prevention and treatment of thrombosis. The company was founded by Robert Wood Johnson in 1887. Johnson & Johnson is headquartered in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
J.P. MORGAN CHASE & CO (JPM)
JPMorgan Chase & Co. operates as a global financial services company in the United States. It operates in six segments: Investment Bank, Retail Financial Services (RFS), Card Services, Commercial Banking, Treasury and Securities Services (TSS), and Asset and Wealth Management (AWM). The Investment Bank segment delivers products and services, including advising on corporate strategy and structure, capital raising in equity and debt markets, risk management, and market-making in cash securities and derivative instruments in various capital markets to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and institutional investors. In addition, it participates in proprietary investing and trading. The RFS segment offers consumer banking, small business banking, auto and educational finance, home finance, and insurance services. The Card Services segment issues various credit cards, including cards issued on behalf of airlines, hotels, universities, retailers, and other financial institutions in the United States. The Commercial Banking segment offers lending, treasury services, investment banking and investment management to corporations, municipalities, financial institutions, and not-for-profit entities. The TSS segment provides transaction, investment, and information services to corporations, issuers, and institutional investors. The AWM segment provides investment and wealth management services to institutional and retail investors, financial intermediaries, and high-net-worth families and individuals. This segment also offers mutual fund franchise, retirement plan administration, and consultation and brokerage services. The company has operations in approximately 50 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean. JPMorgan Chase was founded in 1823 and is headquartered in New York City.
The Coca-Cola Company engages in manufacturing, distributing, and marketing nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups worldwide. The company also produces, markets, and distributes juices and juice drinks, as well as water products. It sells beverage concentrates and syrups to bottling and canning operators, distributors, fountain wholesalers, and fountain retailers. The company's beverage products comprise bottled and canned soft drinks and beverages, as well as concentrates, syrups, and not-ready-to-drink powder products. In addition, The Coca-Cola Company markets and distributes sports drinks, teas, coffees, and other beverage products. The company was organized in 1886 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
MCDONALDS CORPORATION (MCD)
McDonald's Corporation engages in the operation and franchising of McDonald's restaurants worldwide. Its restaurants offer hamburgers and cheeseburgers, Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Big N' Tasty, Filet-O-Fish, several chicken sandwiches, Chicken McNuggets, Chicken Selects, french fries, salads, milk shakes, McFlurry desserts, sundaes, soft serve cones, pies, cookies, and soft drinks and other beverages. Its restaurants also provide breakfast menu that would include Egg McMuffin, Sausage McMuffin with Egg, McGriddle, biscuit and bagel sandwiches, hotcakes, and muffins. In addition, the company operates Boston Market and Chipotle Mexican Grill. McDonald's Chipotle Mexican Grill serves gourmet burritos and tacos; and Boston Market serves chicken, meatloaf, and various other side dishes. As of September 30, 2005, the company had 31,706 restaurants, including 9,213 operated by the company, 18,298 operated by franchisees, and 4,159 operated by affiliates. McDonald's Corporation was founded by Ray Kroc. The company is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.
3M Company operates as a diversified technology company. It has seven segments: Health Care; Industrial; Display and Graphics; Consumer and Office; Safety, Security, and Protection; Electro and Communications; and Transportation. Health Care segment offers medical and surgical supplies, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems, dental and orthodontic products, health information systems, and microbiology products. Industrial segment offers tapes, coated and nonwoven abrasives, adhesives, and supply chain execution software solutions to electronics, paper, packaging, and food and beverage markets. Display and Graphics segment provides optical film and lens solutions for electronic displays; touch screens; reflective sheeting for transportation safety; and graphics systems to traffic safety and graphics markets. Consumer and Office segment provides office supply and stationery products, construction and home improvement products, protective material products, and visual systems products to education, home improvement and maintenance, and food service markets. Safety, Security, and Protection segment offers personal protection products, safety and security products, energy control products, cleaning and protection products, and roofing granules for asphalt shingles. Electro and Communications segment offers electronic and interconnect solutions, micro interconnect systems, telecommunications products, and electrical products. Transportation segment provides components and products that are used in the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of automotive, marine, aircraft, and other vehicles. 3M sells its products directly, as well as through wholesalers, retailers, jobbers, distributors, and dealers worldwide. 3M was founded in 1902. It was formerly known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company and changed its name to 3M Company in 2002. 3M is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Altria Group, Inc. operates as a holding company that engages in the manufacture and sale of various consumer products. The company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Philip Morris USA, Inc. and Philip Morris International, Inc., engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and tobacco products. The company sells tobacco products to wholesalers, and retail organizations, including chain stores and the armed services worldwide. Altria, through its subsidiaries, offers snacks, beverages, cheese, grocery, and convenient meals. It sells food products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, mass merchandisers, distributors, convenience stores, gasoline stations, and other retail food outlets. The company also leases various aircrafts to the United States carriers. Its finance asset portfolio includes leases in aircraft, electrical power, real estate, manufacturing, surface transportation, and energy industries. The company was founded in 1919. It was formerly known as Philip Morris Companies, Inc. and changed its name to Altria Group, Inc. in 2003. Altria Group is based in New York City.
MERCK & COMPANY INC (MRK)
Merck & Co., Inc. engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products to improve human and animal health. The company's products consist of therapeutic and preventive agents, sold by prescription, for the treatment and prevention of human disorders. It offers atherosclerosis products, which include Zocor; hypertension/heart failure products, including Cozaar, Hyzaar, and Vasotec; anti-inflammatory/analgesics, agents that specifically inhibit the COX-2 enzyme, which is responsible for pain and inflammation; an osteoporosis product, Fosamax, for treatment and prevention of osteoporosis; a respiratory product, Singulair, a leukotriene receptor antagonist for treatment of asthma and for relief of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis; vaccines/biologicals, a live virus vaccine of chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccine; anti-bacterial/anti-fungal products, which include Primaxin, Cancidas, and Invanz; a urology product, Proscar, for treatment of symptomatic benign prostate enlargement; and HIV products, including Stocrin and Crixivan for the treatment of human immunodeficiency viral infection in adults. Its other products include Maxalt, for the treatment of acute migraine headaches in adults; and Propecia, for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. Merck & Co. has a collaboration agreement with Celera Diagnostics to develop treatments for Alzheimer's disease; and with Foxhollow Technologies, Inc. to focus on analyzing atherosclerotic plaque removed from patient arteries as a means of identifying biomarkers of atherosclerotic disease progression for use in the development of cardiovascular compounds. The company sells its products to drug wholesalers and retailers; hospitals; clinics; government agencies; and managed health care providers, such as health maintenance organizations and other institutions through its professional representatives. Merck & Co. was established in 1891 and is headquartered in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (MSFT)
Microsoft Corporation provides software products for computing devices worldwide. Its Client segment engages in technical architecture, engineering, and product delivery of Windows product family comprising Windows Vista; Windows XP Professional and Home; Media Center Edition; Tablet PC Edition; and other Windows operating systems. The Server and Tools segment offers integrated server infrastructure and middleware software that support software applications and tools built on the Windows Server operating system. Its products include Windows Server operating system; Microsoft SQL Server; Microsoft Enterprise Services; product support services; Visual Studio; System Center products; Forefront Security products; Biz Talk Server; MSDN; and TechNet. The Online Services Business segment offers personal communications services, such as email and instant messaging, and online information through MSN Search; MapPoint; MSN Internet Access; MSN Premium Web Services; Windows Live; and MSN Mobile Services. The Microsoft Business Division offers Microsoft office product set comprising enterprise content management, collaboration, unified communications, and business intelligence products; and Microsoft Dynamics products that offer business solutions for financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications. The Entertainment and Devices Division develops, produces, and markets the Xbox video game system, such as consoles and accessories, third-party games, games published under the Microsoft brand, and Xbox Live operations. It also offers Zune digital music and entertainment device; PC software games; online games; Mediaroom, an Internet protocol television software; and other devices. Further, Microsoft offers online advertising and publishing solutions. It has an alliance with Siemens VDO Automotive AG; and strategic relationship with LogicaCMG plc. Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
Pfizer, Inc. engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of prescription medicines for humans and animals, as well as consumer healthcare products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Human Health, Consumer Healthcare, and Animal Health. The Human Health segment offers treatments for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, central nervous system disorders, arthritis and pain, infectious and respiratory diseases, urogenital conditions, cancer, eye disease, endocrine disorders, and allergies. The Consumer Healthcare segment markets over-the-counter medications for oral care, upper respiratory health, tobacco dependence, gastrointestinal health, skin care, eye care, and hair growth. Its principal products include Listerine mouthwash, Listerine PocketPaks oral care strips, Nicorette for tobacco dependence, Benadryl antihistamine for allergies, Sudafed for sinus congestion, Rogaine for hair growth, Zantac 75 for prevention and relief of heartburn, Rolaids antacid tablets, Efferdent denture cleaner, Neosporin antibiotic ointment, Visine eye drops, BenGay topical analgesic, Cortizone skin care products, Lubriderm moisturizing lotions, Unisom sleep aids, Desitin ointments for treatment of diaper rash, Ludens throat drops, and Purell instant hand sanitizer. The Animal Health segment offers products for the prevention and treatment of diseases in livestock and animals. Its products include parasiticides, anti-inflammatories, vaccines, antibiotics, and related medicines. In addition, the company offers empty soft-gelatin capsules, contract manufacturing, and bulk pharmaceutical chemicals. Pfizer has an agreement with Power 3 Medical Products, Inc. to evaluate the NuroPro test capabilities and to test blind and unblinded samples provided by Pfizer; and a research and license agreement with Incyte Corp. for the development, manufacture, and marketing of oral CCR2 antagonists. The company was founded in 1849 and is headquartered in New York City.
PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY (PG)
The Procter & Gamble Company engages in the manufacture and marketing of various consumer products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: P&G Beauty, Health Care, Baby Care and Family Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Snacks and Coffee. The P&G Beauty segment offers antiperspirants or deodorants, colognes, cosmetics, feminine protection, hair care, hair color, personal cleansing, and skin care. The Health Care segment offers health care, oral care, and various drugs. The Baby Care and Family Care segment offers kids' personal care products, diapers, pampers, detergents, toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues. The Fabric Care and Home Care segment offers dish care, laundry, and special fabric care products, as well as household cleaners. The Snacks and Coffee segment offers snacks and beverages. The company's customers include merchandisers, grocery stores, membership club stores, and drug stores. It markets approximately 300 branded products in approximately 160 countries. The Procter & Gamble Company was founded by William Procter and James Gamble in 1837. The company is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (UTX)
United Technologies Corporation (UTC) provides products and services to the commercial and aerospace businesses worldwide. It operates in six segments: Otis, Carrier, UTC Fire & Security, Pratt and Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, and Sikorsky. The Otis segment provides passenger and freight elevators, as well as escalators and moving walkways to customers in the commercial and residential property industries. The Carrier segment provides heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems; commercial and transport refrigeration; food service equipment; building controls; and energy management and air quality systems. The UTC Fire & Security segment provides electronic security, fire detection and suppression, monitoring and rapid response systems and service, and security personnel services, as well as aircraft fire protection systems to commercial, industrial, aerospace, and retail customers. The Pratt and Whitney segment supplies commercial, general aviation, and military aircraft engines. It provides spare parts and aftermarket and fleet management services primarily for the engines it produces, along with power generation and space propulsion systems. The Hamilton Sundstrand segment offers aerospace products and aftermarket services, including power generation, management, and distribution systems; flight, engine, and environmental control systems; auxiliary power units and propeller systems; and industrial products, including air compressors, metering devices, fluid handling equipment, and gear drives. The Sikorsky segment manufactures military and commercial helicopters. Its aftermarket services include spare parts sales, overhaul and repair services, maintenance contracts, and logistics support programs for helicopters and other aircraft. The company also engages in fuel cell production and development for commercial, transportation, and space applications. UTC was incorporated in 1934 and is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut.
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC (VZ)
Verizon Communications, Inc. provides broadband and other communication services to wireline and wireless customers in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic Telecom, Domestic Wireless, and Information Services. The Domestic Telecom segment provides local telephone services, including voice and data transport, enhanced and custom calling features, network access, directory assistance, private lines, public telephones, digital channel service, and integrated services digital network. It also provides long distance services, customer premises equipment distribution, data solutions and systems integration, Internet access services, and inventory management services. The Domestic Wireless segment offers wireless voice and data services, as well as sells related equipment. The Information Services segment engages in print and online directory publishing, as well as provision of content for electronic communications products and services, and Web site creation services. The company also provides voice switching/processing services, end-user networking services, personal computer-based conferencing, internetworking, data transmission, network integration services, and network monitoring services. Verizon provides communication services to approximately 49.3 million voice and data customers in 28 states. Its international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. In addition, Verizon has teamed up with Yahoo! Inc. to launch a high-speed Internet service. The company was incorporated in 1983 under the name Bell Atlantic Corporation. It changed its name to Verizon Communications, Inc. in 2000. Verizon is based in New York City.
WAL-MART STORES INC (WMT)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats in the United States and internationally. It has two segments: The Wal-Mart Stores and The SAM'S CLUB. The Wal-Mart Stores segment includes Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets in the United States, as well as Walmart.com. It offers apparel for women, girls, men, boys, and infants; domestics, fabrics, and notions; stationery and books; shoes; housewares; hardware; electronics; home furnishings; small appliances; automotive accessories; horticulture and accessories; sporting goods; toys; pet food and accessories; cameras and supplies; health and beauty aids; pharmaceuticals; jewelry; and optical, as well as photo processing services. The Neighborhood Markets include dry grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, dairy, frozen foods, pharmaceuticals, photo processing, health and beauty aids, household chemicals, paper goods, general merchandise, and pet supplies departments. The SAM'S CLUB segment comprises the warehouse membership clubs in the United States and samsclub.com. It offers hardgoods, softgoods, software, electronics, jewelry, sporting goods, toys, tires, stationery and books, institutional-size grocery items, and selected private labels. As of July 31, 2005, Wal-Mart operated 1,276 Wal-Mart stores, 1,838 Supercenter, 92 Neighborhood Markets, and 556 SAM's Clubs in 50 states in the United States. The company operates various retail formats in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. It operates 261 Canadian Wal-Mart stores and SAM's Clubs, 11 units in Argentina, 150 units in Brazil, 88 units in Germany, 16 units in South Korea, 697 units in Mexico, 54 units in Puerto Rico, and 292 units in the United Kingdom, as well as 48 units in China under joint venture agreements. Wal-Mart has partnership with Diageo plc. The company was founded in 1945 and is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION (XOM)
Exxon Mobil Corporation operates as a petroleum and petrochemicals company. It primarily engages in the exploration, production, and sale of crude oil and natural gas; and manufacture, transportation, and sale of petroleum products. The company also manufactures and markets basic petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene, fluids, synthetic rubber, oriented polypropylene packaging films, plasticizers, synthetic lubricant basestocks, zeolite catalysts, and polypropylene plastics; and various specialty products. In addition, Exxon Mobil has interests in electric power generation facilities. Its other products include lube basestocks and petroleum specialties, such as waxes, process oils, and asphalt. The company operates approximately in 200 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America, the Middle East, and the Caspian area. Exxon Mobil is based in Irving, Texas.