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RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED (RIMM)
Research In Motion Limited engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of wireless solutions for the mobile communication market worldwide. The company provides platforms and solutions for access to email, phone, short message service, organizer, Internet, and intranet-based corporate data applications. It also licenses its technology to handset and software vendors to enable these companies to offer wireless data services using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service. The company also enables various third party developers and manufacturers to improve their products and services with wireless connectivity. The company offers its products to carrier partners, resellers, and end users. The company was incorporated in 1984 and is headquartered in Waterloo, Canada.
FOSTER WHEELER LTD (FWLT)
Foster Wheeler, Ltd. offers a range of design, engineering, construction, manufacturing, project development and management, research, and plant operation services. It operates in two groups, the Engineering and Construction Group (the EC Group) and the Global Power Group. The EC Group designs, engineers, and constructs upstream oil and gas processing facilities; oil refining; chemical and petrochemical; pharmaceutical; natural gas liquefaction facilities and receiving terminals; and related infrastructure, including power generation and distribution facilities. This group also provides engineering, project management, and construction management services; and purchases equipment, materials, and services from third-party suppliers and subcontractors. In addition, it offers international environmental remediation services together with related technical, engineering, design, and regulatory services. The Global Power Group designs, manufactures, and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for electric power generating stations and industrial markets worldwide. Its steam generating equipment includes a range of fluidized bed and conventional boilers firing coal, oil, gas, biomass and municipal solid waste, waste wood, and low-Btu gases. The Global Power Group also provides research analysis and experimental work in fluid dynamics, heat transfer, combustion and fuel technology, materials engineering, and solids mechanics. In addition, this group builds, owns, and operates cogeneration, independent power production, and waste-to-energy facilities, as well as facilities for the process and petrochemical industries. Foster Wheeler serves a range of industries, including upstream oil and gas, natural gas liquefaction, gas-to-liquids, refining, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, and power generation. The company is headquartered in Clinton, New Jersey.
Amazon.com, Inc. operates Web sites that sell various products and services, which primarily include apparel, shoes, and accessories; health and personal care; baby care products; books; camera and photography; and consumer electronics. The company and other sellers also offer various new, refurbished, and used items in categories, such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, digital versatile discs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden. These products are purchased from distributors, publishers, and manufacturers. The company and its affiliates operate seven retail Web sites: www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com. It also operates www.a9.com and www.alexa.com that enable search and navigation, and www.imdb.com, a movie database Web site. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with an additional office in Coffeyville, United States.
WYNN RESORTS LIMITED (WYNN)
Wynn Resorts, Limited, a development stage company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Wynn Las Vegas, LLC, engages in the design, development, financing, and construction of Wynn Las Vegas, a casino resort in Las Vegas. The company also holds 100% interest in Wynn Macau, a casino located in Macau. Wynn Resorts was formed in 2002 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
APPLE COMPUTER INC (AAPL)
Apple Computer, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of personal computers and related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions worldwide. It also offers a line of portable digital music players, accessories, and services. The company's products and services include Macintosh line of desktop and notebook computers; iPod digital music player; Xserve G5 server and Xserve RAID storage products; a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications; Mac OS X operating system; iTunes Music Store; and a portfolio of peripherals that support and enhance the Macintosh and iPod product lines. The company also sells various third-party products, including computer printers and printing supplies, storage devices, computer memory, digital camcorders and still cameras, personal digital assistants, iPod accessories, and various other computing products and supplies. In addition, it engages in the online distribution of music, audio books, music videos, short films, and television shows. Further, the company offers products and services for the educational industry, which include eMac, iMac, and iBook; video creation and editing solutions; wireless networking; student information systems; curriculum and professional development solutions; and one-to-one learning solutions. It sells its products primarily to education, creative, consumer, and business markets primarily through online, retail stores, wholesalers, resellers, and cataloguers. As of September 24, 2005, the company operated 116 stores in the United States; and 8 stores in Canada, Japan, and the U.K. Apple Computer was co-founded by Steven P. Jobs in 1976. The company is headquartered in Cupertino, California.
JUNIPER NETWORKS INC (JNPR)
Juniper Networks, Inc. engages in the design and sale of products and services that provide customers with Internet Protocol network solutions primarily in the United States. Its solutions are incorporated into the worldwide Web of interconnected public and private networks across which, various media, including voice, video, and data travel to and from end-users throughout the world. The company also provides security solutions for protecting the network and data on the network. It sells its products and services through direct sales force, distributors, and resellers primarily to government organizations, and research and education institutions, as well as to wireline, wireless, and cable operators. The company operates principally in the United States and Canada, as well as in South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. Juniper Networks was co-founded by Pradeep Sindhu in 1996 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC (ISRG)
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of the da Vinci Surgical System for use in urologic, cardiothoracic, and general surgeries. The da Vinci Surgical System consists of a surgeon's console, a patient-side cart, and proprietary instruments. It translates the surgeon's natural hand movements on instrument controls at a console into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small puncture incisions or ports. The system provides the surgeon with motion, fine tissue control, and 3-D vision characteristic of open surgery, while simultaneously allowing the surgeon to work through small ports. The company also manufactures various EndoWrist instruments, including forceps, scissors, electrocautery, scalpels, and other surgical tools, which incorporate a wrist joint with tips customized for various surgical procedures. Its other products include Aesop Endoscope Positioner, a voice-activated robotic arm that automates the critical task of endoscope positioning; and Hermes Control Center, a centralized system designed to voice control a series of networked smart medical devices. The company sells its products through direct sales force in the United States and Europe, as well as through distributors in Australia, Canada, India, Italy, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Turkey. Intuitive surgical was co-founded by John G. Freund, Frederic Moll, and Robert Younge in 1995. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. It owns and operates a portfolio of brands, including Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Worldwide Travel Exchange and Interactive Affiliate Network, Classic Vacations, Expedia Corporate Travel, eLong, and TripAdvisor. The company offers travel products and services, such as airline flights, hotel stays, car rentals, destination services, and cruises provided by various airlines, lodging properties, car rental companies, destination service providers, cruise lines, and other travel product and service companies on a stand-alone and package basis. The company also facilitates the booking of hotel rooms, airline seats, car rentals, and destination services from its travel suppliers; and acts as an agent in the transaction, passing reservations booked by its travelers to the relevant airline, hotel, car rental company, or cruise line. It provides various travel products and services to leisure and corporate travelers, offline retail travel agents, and travel service providers. Expedia has operations in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and other international territories. The company is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
Garmin, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of navigation, communications, and information products, which are enabled by global positioning system (GPS) technology worldwide. It operates in two segments, Consumer and Aviation. Consumer segment offers handheld GPS receivers, two-way radios with integrated GPS receivers, GPS-enabled portable digital assistants, and GPS-enabled training assistants for athletic activities, portable automotive navigation devices, and fixed-mount GPS/Sounder products. It also offers a set of accessories to its products. Aviation segment offers panel-mounted products, including GPS-enabled navigation, VHF communications transmitters/receivers, multifunction displays, traditional VHF navigation receivers, instrument landing system receivers, digital transponders, marker beacon receivers, and audio panels. The company sells its products to retail outlets and aircraft manufacturers through a network of approximately 3000 independent dealers and distributors in approximately 100 countries. Its products serve aviation, marine, general recreation, automotive, wireless, and original equipment manufacturer applications. The company is based in George Town, Cayman Islands.
DISCOVERY HOLDING CO (DISCA)
Discovery Holding Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ascent Media Group, LLC, provides creative and network services to the media and entertainment industries. Its creative services include post-production services, such as screening; digital intermediates services; creative editorial; visual effects; assembly, formatting, and duplication; sound supervision, sound design, and sound editorial; music services; re-recording/mixing; negative developing and cutting; restoration, preservation, and asset protection of existing and damaged content; transferring film to analog video or digital media; professional duplication and standards conversion; DVD compression and authoring and menu design; storage of original elements and working masters; and syndicated television distribution services. The company's network services include network origination and master control; transport and connectivity; consulting; engineering and systems integration; and network operations, field service, and call center services. Ascent Media Group's customers include motion picture studios; independent producers; broadcast networks; programming networks; advertising agencies; and other companies that produce, own, and/or distribute entertainment, news, sports, corporate, educational, industrial, and advertising content. In addition, the company holds 50% interest in Discovery Communications, Inc., which operates and manages a portfolio of channels; and provides original and purchased cable and satellite television programming in the United States and internationally. Discovery Communications also operates a chain of retail stores that offer technology, kids, lifestyle, health, science, and education-oriented products, as well as distributes digital-based educational products to schools and consumers in the United States. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Englewood, Colorado.
NVIDIA CORPORATION (NVDA)
NVIDIA Corporation engages in the design, development, and marketing of graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), wireless media processors (WMPs), related software for personal computers (PCs), handheld devices, and consumer electronics platforms worldwide. The company's GPU products support desktop PCs, notebook PCs, and professional workstations. GPU's consist of GeForce, Go, and Quadro families. The GeForce family represents desktop GPUs; Go family notebook GPUs, which are designed to deliver desktop graphics performance and features for multiple notebook configurations; Quadro products are designed for various workstation applications, such as industrial product design, digital content creation, nonlinear video editing, scientific and financial visualization, general purpose business, and financial trading. The company's MCP product family, nForce, supports desktop PCs, notebook PCs, and professional workstations. It also provides a derivative of the NVIDIA nForce2 chipset for the Microsoft Xbox video game console. NVIDIA Corporation's WMP product family, GoForce, supports handheld personal digital assistants and cellular phones. The company also offers mobile PCI-Express module and notebook GPU module for adoption of GPUs in notebooks. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, add-in-card manufacturers, system builders, and consumer electronics companies in the United States, Europe, China, Taiwan, and other Asia Pacific regions. The company was co-founded by Jen-Hsun Huang, Chris Malachowsky, and Curtis Priem in 1993. NVIDIA Corporation is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
MILLICOM INTERNATIONAL CELLULAR S.A (MICC)
Millicom International Cellular S.A. provides mobile telecommunication services worldwide. It provides prepaid services in the cellular telephone market using mass market distribution methods. As of December 31, 2004, the company had approximately 7.7 million subscribers, as well as had interests in 17 cellular systems in 16 countries, primarily in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Millicom International was formed in 1968 and is based in Bertrange, Luxembourg.
VeriSign, Inc. provides intelligent infrastructure services that enable people and businesses to find, connect, secure, and transact across Internet, telecommunications, and converged networks. The company operates through two segments, the Internet Services Group and the Communications Services Group. The Internet Services Group segment consists of the Security Services business and the Naming and Directory Services business. The Security Services business provides products and services that enable enterprises and service providers to establish and deliver Internet-based services to customers. The Naming and Directory Services business acts as the registry of domain names in the .com and .net generic top-level domains, and certain country code top-level domains. The Communications Services Group segment offers network connectivity and interoperability services, intelligent data base services, mobile content and application services, and billing and payment services to telecommunications carriers and other users. VeriSign markets its products and services through its direct sales force, telesales operations, member organizations in its global affiliate network, value-added resellers, service providers, and its Web sites. The company's operations are located in the United States, Canada, Latin America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Japan, and Asia Pacific. VeriSign has a strategic alliance with Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. The company was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
CELGENE CORPORATION (CELG)
Celgene Corporation engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapies designed to treat cancer and immunological diseases through regulation of cellular, genomic, and proteomic targets. Its lead product, THALOMID, is used for the treatment of acute cutaneous manifestations of moderate to severe erythema nodosum leprosum, and as maintenance therapy to prevent and suppress cutaneous manifestation recurrences. The company, through a supply and distribution agreement, with GlaxoSmithKline, distributes ALKERAN, a therapy for the palliative treatment of multiple myeloma and for palliation of carcinoma of the ovary. Its RITALIN family of drugs includes Focalin (d-MPH), which is used for the treatment of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in school-age children. The company has various products in the preclinical and clinical-stage, including immunomodulatory drugs and selective cytokine inhibitory drugs. Celgene also produces compounds such as Benzopyrans and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators, Kinases Inhibitors, Tubulin Inhibitors, and Ligase Modulators. The company has collaborative agreements with Novartis Pharma AG; and strategic partnership agreements with Pharmion Corporation, Penn Pharmaceuticals Services Limited, and GlaxoSmithKline. The company markets and sells its products in the United States and Canada primarily through wholesale distributors. Celgene was organized in 1980 as a unit of Celanese Corporation and was spun-off in 1986. The company is headquartered in Warren, New Jersey.
EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC (ESRX)
Express Scripts, Inc. operates as a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North America, providing health care management and administration services. The company's integrated PBM services include network claims processing, mail pharmacy services, specialty prescription fulfillment, benefit design consultation, drug utilization review, formulary management, disease management, and drug data analysis services. Express Scripts also provides nonPBM services, including pharmaceuticals distribution services through its Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services subsidiary; and drug sample fulfillment and sample accountability services through its subsidiary Phoenix Marketing Group, Inc. The company's clients include health maintenance organizations, health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, and government health programs. Express Scripts was established in 1986 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
UAL Corporation offers air transportation services. The company, through its subsidiary, United Air Lines, Inc., provides transportation of persons, property, and mail in the United States and internationally. It provides its services through jet aircrafts, as well as smaller aircrafts in its regional operations. As of April 23, 2007, the company operated 3,600 flights to approximately 210 destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. It also served approximately 841 destinations in 157 countries worldwide through its alliance with Star Alliance carriers. UAL Corporation was founded in 1934 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
LIBERTY GLOBAL INC (LBTYA)
Liberty Global, Inc., through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides broadband distribution services and video programming services to subscribers principally in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The company offers various broadband distribution services over its cable television systems, including analog video, digital video, Internet access, and telephony. In certain markets, it offers video services through direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television distribution. Further, Liberty Global owns programming networks that provide video programming channels to multichannel distribution systems owned by it and by third parties. It also represents programming networks owned by others. The company's programming networks distribute their services through various distribution technologies, primarily cable television and DTH. As of June 30, 2005, Liberty Global's networks reached approximately 23.5 million homes, as well as served approximately 10.7 million video subscribers, 2.5 million broadband Internet subscribers, and 1.7 million telephone subscribers. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado.
Biogen Idec, Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, and commercialization of novel therapies worldwide. It offers AVONEX, RITUXAN, TYSABRI, ZEVALIN, and AMEVIVE products. The company's AVONEX is approved for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis; RITUXAN is used in the treatment of certain B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL) or B-cell NHLs; TYSABRI is approved to treat relapsing forms of MS to reduce the frequency of clinical relapses; ZEVALIN used in the treatment of cancer; and AMEVIVE treats adult patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis. Biogen Idec has collaborations with Genentech, Inc.; Vernalis plc; Elan Corporation, plc; Fumapharm AG; ImmunoGen, Inc.; Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Cellectis SA; and Zenyaku Kogyo Co., Ltd. The company was founded in 1985. It was formerly known as IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation and changed its name to Biogen Idec, Inc. in 2003. Biogen Idec is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Activision, Inc. publishes interactive entertainment software products. It maintains a portfolio of products that spans various categories and markets, and is used on various game hardware platforms and operating systems. The company's products cover game categories, such as action or adventure, action sports, racing, role-playing, simulation, first-person action, and strategy. Activision offers its products primarily in versions that operate on the Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Microsoft Xbox console systems; Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Sony PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo Dual Screen hand-held device; and the personal computer. The company develops, markets, and sells products directly, by license, or through its affiliate label program with certain third-party publishers. It provides logistical and sales services to third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software and manufacturers of interactive entertainment hardware in Europe. The company operates in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Australia, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Activision was incorporated in 1979 and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
Joy Global, Inc. engages in the manufacture, servicing, and distribution of mining equipment for the extraction of coal, and other minerals and ores worldwide. It operates in two segments, Underground Mining Machinery and Surface Mining Equipment. The Underground Mining Machinery segment offers various products for the extraction of coal and other bedded materials, which include continuous miners, longwall shearers, roof supports, armored face conveyors, shuttle cars, flexible conveyor trains, continuous haulage systems, and roof bolters, as well as longwall mining systems comprising roof supports, an armored face conveyor, and a longwall shearer. This segment also maintains a network of service and replacement parts distribution centers to rebuild and service equipment, as well as to sell replacement parts in support of its installed base. The Surface Mining Equipment segment primarily offers electric mining shovels, rotary blasthole drills, and walking draglines for open-pit mining operations, as well as for use in mining copper, coal, iron ore, oil sands, silver, gold, diamonds, phosphate, and other minerals and ores. This segment also sells used electric mining shovels. The company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Autodesk, Inc. operates as a software and digital content company worldwide. The company provides business solutions through technology products and services, including integrated and interoperable design software, Internet services, wireless development platforms, and point-of-location applications. Its activities are segregated into Design Solutions and Discreet Segments. Design Solutions segment sells design products and services for professionals and consumers who design, build, manage, and own building projects or manufactures goods, as well as the sale of mapping and geographic information systems technology to public and private users. The principal product portfolio of the segment includes AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT products. This segment also offers consulting, support, and training services. Discreet segment develops, integrates, markets, sells, and supports film and television compositing systems; high definition and standard definition broadcast editorial and finishing systems; digital cinema production systems for color grading and film finishing; and animation, visualization, and streaming media products. This segment primarily sells its products to post production facilities, film studios, broadcasters, and creative professionals for various applications, including feature films, television programs, commercials, music and corporate videos, interactive game production, design visualization, Web design, and interactive Web streaming. The company also offers a technology platform designed to deliver location-based applications to wired, mobile, and wireless users. Autodesk markets its product, LocationLogic, primarily to wireless carriers and network operators. The company's customers include companies in the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, and digital media sectors. Autodesk has a strategic alliance with UGS PLM Solutions and Microsoft. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.
PACCAR, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and distribution of light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks, as well as in the related aftermarket distribution of parts. The company designs and manufactures heavy-duty diesel trucks that are used worldwide for over-the-road and off-highway hauling of freight, petroleum, wood products, construction, and other materials. It distributes trucks and parts through its independent dealer network. PACCAR also provides finance and leasing services to customers and dealers, which are principally related to its products and associated equipment. It also operates lease outlets. In addition, the company manufactures other products, including industrial winches. PACCAR was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides higher education to working adults. The company offers associate degrees in business, criminal justice, general studies, health administration, and information technology. It provides program development services, which include degree program design, curriculum development, market research, student recruitment, accounting, and administrative services to regionally accredited private colleges and universities. Apollo Group also offers its educational programs worldwide through its computerized educational delivery system. In addition, it provides other services, which include recruiting and training faculty, monitoring academic quality, and providing support services. Further, the company offers professional education programs, such as continuing education for teachers; custom training; environmental training; and other programs leading to certification in the areas of business, technology, and nursing. As of August 31, 2005, Apollo Group offers its programs and services at 90 campuses and 154 learning centers in 39 states, Puerto Rico, Alberta, and British Columbia. The company was founded in 1973 by John G. Sperling and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.
Google, Inc. provides Web search and online advertising services on the Internet. It offers advertising solutions and global Internet search solutions through its Web site, and Intranet solutions via an enterprise search appliance. The company's products and services include Google.com, Google AdWords, Google AdSense, and Google Search Appliance. Its Google AdWords program is used by advertisers to promote their products and services on the Web with targeted advertising. The company's Google AdSense program is used by the third party Web sites to deliver ads relevant to the content on their sites. It also provides enterprise search appliances to search corporate systems through the Google Search Appliance. In addition, the company provides email services through Gmail, which offers a gigabyte of free storage for each user along with email search capabilities and relevant advertising. Google was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
Cisco Systems, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of networking and communications products worldwide. The company provides products for transporting data, voice, and video within buildings and across campuses. It offers routers, which interconnect computer networks by moving data, voice, and video from one network to another; and switching systems that are used to build local-area networks (LAN), metropolitan-area networks, and wide-area networks. Cisco's technology products comprise home networking products, which enable users to share Internet access, printers, music, movies, and games; Internet protocol telephony products for transmitting voice communications; optical networking products, which provide a path for telecommunications carriers, as well as for carriers and enterprises; and security products, which protect information systems from unauthorized use. It also offers storage networking products that deliver connectivity between servers and storage systems. In addition, the company offers wireless LAN and outdoor wireless bridging products. These products include access points; an integrated wireless and wireline switching system; wireless LAN client adapters; bridges; antennas; and accessories. Cisco offers its products and services primarily through its direct sales force, as well as through distributors and retail partners. The company has strategic alliances with AT&T Corp.; BearingPoint, Inc.; Bell South Corporation; Cap Gemini S.A.; Electronic Data Systems Corporation; Fujitsu, Ltd.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Intel Corporation; International Business Machines Corporation; Italtel SpA; Microsoft Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; SBC Communications, Inc.; and Sprint Corporation. Cisco was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL INC (XRAY)
DENTSPLY International, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of professional dental products worldwide. The company's principal dental products include dental consumables, including dental anesthetics, prophylaxis paste, dental sealants, impression materials, restorative materials, tooth whiteners, and topical fluoride; dental laboratory products which include dental prosthetics, such as artificial teeth, precious metal dental alloys, dental ceramics, and crown and bridge materials; and dental specialty products, including endodontic instruments and materials, implants, and orthodontic appliances and accessories. DENTSPLY International distributes its products through domestic and foreign distributors, dealers, and importers, as well as directly to the dental laboratory or dental professionals. DENTSPLY International is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.
eBay, Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops an Internet-based marketplace for the sale of goods and services by individuals and small businesses. The company offers an online platform through which buyers and sellers browse, buy, and sell various items, including trading cards, antiques, dolls, and housewares, as well as used cars, clothing, books and compact disks, and electronics. The eBay online service permits sellers to list items for sale, buyers to bid on items of interest, and all eBay users to browse through listed items in an automated, topically-arranged service that is available online. It also offers online payment services. The company has Web sites directed toward the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, India, Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, and South Korea. eBay was founded by Pierre M. Omidyar in 1995. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California.
LOGITECH INTERNATIONAL S.A (LOGI)
Logitech International S.A. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of personal interface products for personal computers (PCs) and other digital platforms. The company's products include Web-cameras, mice, trackballs, and keyboards for the PC; interactive gaming controllers, multimedia speakers, headsets, and headphones for the PC and for gaming consoles; headsets for mobile phones; headsets, headphones, and speakers for mobile entertainment platforms; advanced remote controls; digital writing solutions; and 3D control devices. It sells its products to both original equipment manufacturers and to a network of retail distributors and resellers, principally in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. The company was co-founded by Daniel Borel in 1981 and is based in Apples, Switzerland.
ECHOSTAR COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (DISH)
Echostar Communications Corporation provides satellite delivered digital television to customers in the United States. It operates DISH Network, which offers direct broadcast satellite (DBS) subscription television services. DISH network services include various video, audio and data channels; interactive television channels; digital video recording; high definition television; international programming; installation; and customer service. In addition, Echostar designs and develops DBS set-top boxes, antennae, and other digital equipment for the DISH Network, as well as offers similar equipment for international satellite service providers. As of December 31, 2004, it had 12 owned or leased in-orbit satellites and offered approximately 2,000 video and audio channels to consumers in the United States. As of the same date, the company served approximately 10.905 million subscribers. Echostar sells its products through independent distributors, retailers, and consumer electronics stores. It sells its receiver systems and programming directly through independent retailers. The company was co-founded by Charlie Ergen, Candy Ergen, and James DeFranco in 1980 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.
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.
TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES LIMITED (TEVA)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, a pharmaceutical company, engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of generic and human drugs worldwide. Its generic pharmaceutical products include tablets, capsules, ointments, creams, liquids, and injectables. The company's active pharmaceutical ingredients include peptide active pharmaceutical ingredients. It also develops technologies, such as fermentation processes. The company has strategic alliances with Biovail Corporation International, Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Impax Laboratories, Inc., and Andrx Corporation. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Petach Tikva, Israel.
SIGMA-ALDRICH CORPORATION (SIAL)
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of a range of biochemicals and organic chemicals. These biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific and genomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, diagnosis of disease, and pharmaceutical and other technology manufacturing. It operates in three segments: Scientific Research, Biotechnology, and Fine Chemicals. The Scientific Research segment offers biochemicals, organic chemicals, reagents, and other products to customers at universities, government institutions, and nonprofit organizations, as well as pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology companies. The Biotechnology segment supplies immunochemical, cell culture, molecular biology, cell signaling, and neuroscience biochemicals and kits used in biotechnology, genomic, and proteomic research, as well as chromatography products used in life science research and technology applications. The Fine Chemicals segment offers large-scale organic chemicals and biochemicals used in the development and production by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, and diagnostic companies. The company operates in approximately 35 countries, offers 90,000 chemical and 30,000 equipment products, and sells these products in approximately 150 countries. Sigma-Aldrich was founded in 1951 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
ALTERA CORPORATION (ALTR)
Altera Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of programmable logic devices; hardcopy devices; predefined design building blocks; and associated development tools. The company's communications applications/products include routers, switches, access systems, metropolitan area networks, optical networks, cellular base stations, and wireless local area networks. Its computer and storage applications/products include mainframes, servers, copiers, multifunction peripherals, printers, redundant array of inexpensive disks systems, and storage area networks. Its consumer applications/products include studio editing, satellite equipment, broadcasting equipment, audio/video systems, video display systems, and televisions. The company's industrial applications/products include car entertainment systems, navigation systems, manufacturing systems, medical diagnostic systems, test equipment, guidance and control, radar systems, secure communications, automatic teller machines, card readers, and energy management systems. The company also offers proprietary development tools, consisting primarily of the Quartus II software, which enables customers to complete all necessary programmable logic devices design steps. Its tools facilitate design entry, design compilation, design verification, and device programming during the initial design and subsequent design revisions. The company markets its products through a network of third-party distributors, independent sales representatives, and direct sales personnel worldwide. Altera was co-founded by Robert Hartmann, Michael Magranet, Paul Newhagen, and Jim Sansbury in 1983. Altera Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California.
BROADCOM CORPORATION (BRCM)
Broadcom Corporation provides wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductor products that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video, and data services. The company designs, develops, and supplies system-on-a-chip solutions incorporating digital, analog, and radio frequency technologies, as well as related hardware and software system level applications. It offers solutions for digital cable, satellite, and Internet protocol set-top boxes; high definition television; cable and digital subscriber line modems, and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan, wide area, and storage networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; voice over Internet protocol gateway and telephony systems; broadband network and security processors; and SystemI/O server solutions. The company markets and sells its products in the United States through a direct sales force, distributors, and manufacturers' representatives. It also markets and sells its products primarily through independent distributors and representatives internationally. Broadcom Corporation was founded by Henry T. Nicholas III and Henry Samueli in 1991. The company is headquartered in Irvine, California.
GILEAD SCIENCES INC (GILD)
Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutics for patients suffering from life-threatening diseases primarily in North America, Europe, and Australia. It focuses its research and clinical programs on anti-infectives. The company's products include Viread, Emtriva, and Truvada, which are used for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus infection in adults; AmBisome, an antifungal agent to treat serious invasive fungal infections caused by various fungal species; Hepsera, which is used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B infection; Vistide, used for the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis; and DaunoXome, a liposomal formulation of the anticancer agent daunorubicin, for the treatment of AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma. Its products also comprise Tamiflu, which is used for the prevention and treatment of influenza; and Macugen, for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Gilead sells its products primarily through wholesalers and distributors. The company has collaborative relationships with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; EyeTech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Japan Tobacco, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.; and Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. Gilead was founded by Michael Riordan in 1987. The company is headquartered in Foster City, California.
CITRIX SYSTEMS INC (CTXS)
Citrix Systems, Inc. engages in the design, development, and marketing of access infrastructure software, services, and appliances in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. It offers the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite (CMAS) products, online services, and gateway appliances. The CMAS centralizes access to applications and information and enables information technology (IT) staffs to deliver, manage, monitor, and measure enterprise resources on demand. The CMAS includes a presentation server for centrally managing heterogeneous applications and delivering their functionality as a service to workers; a server for UNIX users, which enable user in heterogeneous environments to access UNIX and Java applications from any device and over any connection; and an access control center that provides, protects, and manages access to business information across public networks. The CMAS also offers MetaFrame Password Manager, which provides password security and enterprise single sign-on access to Windows, Web, and host-based applications; MetaFrame Conferencing Manager, which adds intuitive application conferencing to MetaFrame Presentation Server and enables teams to share application sessions, work together on document editing, and conduct online training; and Subscription Advantage, a software that provides subscribers with automatic delivery of software upgrades, enhancements, and maintenance releases. Citrix online services provide Web-based desktop access, training, and customer assistance products. Its access gateway products include the Citrix Access Gateway, which enables end-users to access IT resources, and Citrix Application Gateway, which delivers applications to end-users of Internet protocol telephones and mobile devices. In addition, the company offers customers consulting services, technical support services, and product training and certification services. Citrix was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
RYANAIR HOLDINGS PLC (RYAAY)
Ryanair Holdings plc operates a scheduled passenger airline in Europe. It serves short-haul, point-to-point routes between Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Continental Europe. As of October 4, 2005, its fleet included 83 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and 9 Boeing 737-200A aircraft. Ryanair Holdings offers approximately 600 scheduled short-haul flights per day that serve 107 locations in Europe, including 24 locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It also provides various ancillary services, including in-flight sale of beverages, food and merchandise, and Internet-related services; distribution of accommodation services and travel insurance; and provision of car rentals through its Web site and telephone reservation offices. The company was formed in 1985 and is headquartered in County Dublin, Ireland.
NII Holdings, Inc. provides digital wireless communication services in Latin America. Its digital mobile networks support multiple digital wireless services, such as digital mobile telephone service, which include speakerphone, conference calling, voice-mail, call forwarding, and additional line service; Nextel Direct Connect service that enable subscribers anywhere on its network in the same country to talk to each other instantly on a private one-to-one call or on a group call; and International Direct Connect service that enable subscribers to communicate instantly across national borders with its subscribers in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Peru, and with Nextel Communications and Nextel Partners subscribers in the United States. The company also offers Internet services, mobile messaging services, email, and advanced Java enabled business applications, as well as provides international roaming capabilities. It also provides analog specialized mobile radio services in Chile. The company was organized in 1995 and was formerly known as Nextel International, Inc. NII Holdings is based in Reston, Virginia.
ORACLE CORPORATION (ORCL)
Oracle Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, marketing, distribution, and servicing of computer software that enables organizations manage their businesses worldwide. It offers database and middleware software, and applications software. Database software and middle ware software is used for developing and deploying applications on the Internet and on corporate Intranets, and includes database management software, application server software, development tools, data hubs, and collaboration software. Applications software is used to automate business processes and to provide business intelligence for financials, projects, marketing, sales, order management, procurement, supply chain, manufacturing, service, and human resources. The company also offers software license updates and product support, and other services, including consulting, advanced product services, and education. The company's consulting services provide the design, implementation, deployment, upgrade, and migration services for its database technology and applications software. Its advanced product services consist of Oracle On Demand and advanced product support services. Its Oracle On Demand offers various services, including hosting, monitoring, administration, up gradation, and maintenance of database, middleware, and applications software. Its advanced product support services assist customers in configuration and performance analysis, personalized support, and annual on-site technical services. In addition, the company provides training to customers and partners. In the United States, the company markets its products and services primarily through its own direct sales and service organization, and internationally through the companies that are members of the Oracle Partner Network. The company was founded by Lawrence J. Ellison in 1977 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
XM SATELLITE RADIO HOLDINGS INC (XMSR)
XM Satellite Radio Holdings, Inc., a holding company, provides music, entertainment, and information programming for reception by vehicle, home, and portable radios, as well as over the Internet primarily in the United States. The company offers XM NavTraffic, which provides satellite traffic data, and XM WX satellite weather service that offers graphical data weather service to the marine and aviation markets. Its radio services include music genres-commercial free-and live radio entertainment, popular musical formats, sports and entertainment programming, and local traffic and weather programming, as well as XM Radio Online. As of December 31, 2004, it operated approximately 150 channels, including 65 commercial-free music channels; 30 news and talk channels; 31 sports channels; 21 instant traffic and weather channels; 1 emergency alert channel; and premium channels serving 3.2 million subscribers. The company markets its services through various distribution channels, including automotive manufacturers and dealers, national and regional electronics retailers, car audio dealers, and mass retailers and rental car companies. XM Satellite is headquartered in Washington, District Of Columbia.
CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD (CHKP)
Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. engages in the development, marketing, and support of Internet security and virtual private networking solutions for enterprise and networks, service providers, small and medium businesses, and consumers. The company offers solutions that enable secure communications over Internet protocol networks, including the Internet, Intranets, and extranets. Check Point's Internet security solutions include various technologies that enable its customers to define their network and application security policies, enforce these policies across their networks, collect and correlate information, monitor the security and traffic flow, and analyze and update configurations to reflect changes in the Internet security policies. It also provides related software subscriptions, support, training, and consulting services. In addition the company offers endpoint security solutions that protect personal computers from hackers, spyware, and data theft. It sells its software products worldwide through multiple distribution channels, including distributors, resellers, system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, and managed security service providers. Check Point has a strategic partnership with D-Link to develop unified threat management solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Ramat-Gan, Israel.
Fastenal Company engages in the wholesale and retail distribution of industrial and construction supplies. Its product offerings include fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies. The fastener product line includes approximately 251,000 stock items. It consists of two categories: threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers; and other supplies, such as paints, various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, batteries, sealants, metal framing systems, wire rope, strut, private-label stud anchors, rivets, and related accessories. Threaded fasteners are used in manufactured products and building projects, and in the maintenance and repair of machines and structures. The company's additional product lines include tools, cutting tools, hydraulics and pneumatics, material handling, janitorial supplies, electrical supplies, welding supplies, safety supplies, and raw materials. Its customer base consists of construction market customers, including general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors, as well as the manufacturing customers comprising both original equipment manufacturers, and maintenance and repair entities. The company's other customers include farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades, as well as federal, state, and local government entities. It operated approximately 1,700 store sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, and the Netherlands, as of September 30, 2005. Fastenal Company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota.
C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE INC (CHRW)
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., a nonasset based transportation provider, provides freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies in a variety of industries. The company, through its relationships with transportation companies, such as motor carriers, railroads, air freight, and ocean carriers, provides appropriate transportation for its customers' freight needs. It also provides fresh produce sourcing services, including the buying, selling, and brokering of fresh produce to produce wholesalers, large grocery retailers, restaurants, and foodservice distributors. In addition, the company, through its subsidiary, T-Chek Systems, Inc., provides funds transfer and driver payroll services, fuel management services, fuel and use tax reporting, and online access to information management reports to its motor carrier customers. It also captures sales and fuel cost data; provides management information to the seller; and invoices the carrier for fuel, cash advances, and fee for various companies and truck stop chains. The company operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia. C.H. Robinson Worldwide was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEMS INC (CDNS)
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. develops electronic design automation software and hardware for electronics companies worldwide. Its products and services are used to design and develop integrated circuits (ICs), and personal and commercial electronics systems. The company's Incisive Functional Verification Platform enables its customers to employ enterprise-level verification process automation, including verification planning, management, and process. Its Encounter Digital IC Design Platform enables its customers to implement various aspects of their digital nanometer-scale designs. This platform is used to accurately convert logical specification of a digital IC into a detailed physical blueprint and then detailed design information. Cadence Design Systems' Virtuoso Custom Design Platform enables design predictability and is used for ICs designed at the transistor level, including analog, radio frequency, memories, digital blocks, and standard cell libraries. Its Allegro System Interconnect Design Platform enables to design interconnect across the domains of IC, package, and printed circuit board (PCB); and the OrCAD product line that focuses on PCB design products. The company's Design for Manufacturing products are used to analyze and verify that the physical blueprint of the IC has been constructed correctly and can be manufactured. It also offers verification and application specific programming services, which include consulting services, project services, and/or turnkey services for verification acceleration and system emulation. In addition, the company provides technical support, as well as education and engineering services related to IC design and methodology. Cadence Design Systems was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION (COST)
Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills and self-service warehouse facilities. Its product category includes candy, snack foods, health and beauty aids, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and cleaning and institutional supplies; dry and fresh foods, and institutionally packaged foods; appliances, electronics, hardware, office supplies, garden and patio, sporting goods, furniture, and automotive supplies; apparel, domestics, cameras, jewelry, house wares, media, home furnishings, and small appliances; and pharmacy, optical, one-hour photo, print shop, food court, hearing aid, and gas stations. The company offers three types of memberships: Business, Gold Star (individual), and Executive Membership. Costco operated 471 warehouses, including 346 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 66 in Canada, 17 in the United Kingdom, 5 in Korea, 4 in Taiwan, 5 in Japan, and 28 in Mexico, as of December 8, 2005. It also operates Costco Online, an electronic commerce Web site, www.costco.com. The company was formerly known as Price/Costco, Inc. and changed its name to Costco Companies, Inc. in 1997. Further, it changed name to Costco Wholesale Corporation in 1999. Costco is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington.
APPLIED MATERIALS INC (AMAT)
Applied Materials, Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, marketing, and service of integrated circuit fabrication equipment for the semiconductor industry worldwide. It offers systems that perform the chip fabrication process, including atomic layer deposition chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, electrochemical plating, etch, ion implantation, rapid thermal processing, chemical mechanical polishing, wafer wet cleaning, wafer metrology and inspection, and flat panel display manufacturing, as well as systems that etch, measure, and inspect circuit patterns on masks used in the photolithography process. The company's integrated chips are built on a silicon wafer base and include various circuit components, such as transistors and other devices that are connected by various layers of wiring. It supplies systems for manufacturing copper-based chips, and for depositing, etching, and planarizing the copper interconnect layers. The company's products are marketed and sold worldwide through a direct sales force. It serves semiconductor wafer manufacturers and integrated circuit manufacturers in Taiwan, North America, Japan, Korea, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Applied Materials was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION (KLAC)
KLA-Tencor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of yield management and process monitoring systems for the semiconductor industry. It markets and sells its hardware consisting of patterned and unpatterned wafer inspection, optical overlay metrology, e-beam review, reticle and photomask inspection, spectroscopic and e-beam-based CD metrology, and film and surface measurement tools, as well as its yield analysis and defect classification software. The company's products provide fab-wide yield management solutions for the manufacturing process of cells used in integrated circuit production, including lithography, etch, deposition, and chemical mechanical planarization. Its products and services enable integrated circuit manufacturers to manage yield throughout the wafer fabrication process from research and development to final mass production yield analysis. The company also offers refurbished KLA-Tencor certified tools for customers manufacturing with older technologies. In addition, the company provides other services, such as onsite repair, telephone support, system installation, relocation services, selected post-sales applications, and educational services. Its yield management software solutions include Klarity Defect, an automated inline defect analysis module and defect data management system designed to help fabs achieve yield learning cycles; and Klarity ACE yield analysis software that enables integration, correlation, and analysis of yield- and process-related data to determine the source of defects and process excursions. KLA-Tencor sells its products through direct sales force and distributors primarily in the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific region, and Japan. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION (LRCX)
Lam Research Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and service of semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. Its products include etch systems, including dielectric etch products, conductor etch products, and resist strip products, as well as synergy cleaning products. The company markets its products and services primarily to companies involved in the production of semiconductors in the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, Korea, and Japan. Lam Research Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.
Dell, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, sale, and support of a range of computer systems and services worldwide. The company provides products and services that enable customers to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. It offers a range of products, including enterprise systems, which include servers, storage, workstations, and networking products; client systems, such as notebook and desktop computer systems; printing and imaging systems; and software and peripherals, including titles, monitors, plasma and LCD televisions, MP3 players, handhelds, and notebook accessories. The company also offers various services, including information technology management services; professional services in technology consulting, application development, solutions integration, and infrastructure design; deployment services; support services; and training and certification services. In addition, it offers a range of financing alternatives, asset management services, and other customer financial services for its business and consumer customers in the United States. The company's customers include large corporate, government, healthcare, and education accounts, as well as small-to-medium businesses and individual customers. Dell markets and sells its products and services directly to its customers. The company was founded by Michael S. Dell in 1984 under the name Dell Computer Corporation. Later, it changed its name to Dell, Inc. in 2003. Dell is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.
AMYLIN PHARMACEUTICALS INC (AMLN)
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of drug candidates for the treatment of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Its primary drug candidates include exenatide and SYMLIN, which have completed phase III clinical trials for the treatment of diabetes. The company is developing exenatide for the treatment of type II diabetes, as well as studying a sustained release formulation of exenatide. Amylin Pharmaceuticals is developing SYMLIN for the treatment of patients with type I diabetes and insulin-using patients with type II diabetes. SYMLIN injection received the United States Food and Drug Administration approval for use in conjunction with insulin to treat diabetes. The company also has two early stage development programs for the treatment of obesity, including a phase II program for AC137 and AC162352 that completed a Phase I study. In addition, it is studying AC2592, which is in a phase II program for the treatment of patients with severe congestive heart failure, as well as AC3056, which is in phase I program for the treatment of atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular disease. Amylin Pharmaceuticals has a collaboration agreement with Eli Lilly and Company for the development and commercialization of exenatide, including sustained release formulations of that compound. It also has a collaboration agreement with Alkermes, Inc. for the development, manufacture, and commercialization of an injectable sustained-release formulation of exenatide. The company was co-founded by Howard E. Greene, Jr in 1987. Amylin Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in San Diego, California.
PATTERSON COMPANIES INC (PDCO)
Patterson Companies, Inc. distributes dental, companion-pet veterinary, and rehabilitation supplies. The company operates in three segments: Dental supply, Veterinary supply, and Rehabilitation supply. The Dental Supply segment offers consumable dental supplies, such as x-ray film and solutions, impression materials, restorative materials, hand instruments, sterilization products, anesthetics, infection control products, toothbrushes, and dental accessories, as well as paper, cotton, and other disposable products. This segment also offers custom printed products, insurance and billing forms, stationery, envelopes and business cards, labels, file folders, appointment books, and other stock office supply products to office-based healthcare providers, including dental and medical offices. It provides dental equipment products, such as x-ray machines, high-and low-speed handpieces, dental chairs, dental handpiece control units, diagnostic equipment, sterilizers, dental lights, and compressors. Additionally, this segment develops and markets practice management and clinical software for dental professionals. It also provides custom hardware and networking solutions; patient education services; software services; equipment installation, repair, and maintenance; dental office layout and design services; and equipment financing. The Veterinary Supply segment offers consumable supplies, equipment, diagnostic supplies, biologicals, and pharmaceuticals for veterinary clinics in the eastern United States. The Rehabilitation Supply segment offers rehabilitation supplies and nonwheelchair assistive patient products to the physical and occupational therapy markets. The company was founded in 1877. It was formerly known as Patterson Dental Company and changed its name to Patterson Companies, Inc. in June 2004. Patterson is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED (ADBE)
Adobe Systems Incorporated offers a line of software and services for public and private sectors worldwide. It operates through four segments: Creative Professional, Digital Imaging and Video, Intelligent Documents, and OEM PostScript and Other. The Creative Professional segment provides software tools for professional publishing, Web design, business document publishing, and printing information. Its tools are also used to create printed and online information, including newspapers, magazines, Web sites, catalogs, advertisements, brochures, product documentation, technical manuals, books, memos, reports, and banners. The Digital Imaging and Video segment offers solutions to create and enhance digital images and photographs, digital video, audio, and animations. The Intelligent Documents segment provides desktop and server-based software, which creates documents that can be viewed, interacted with, and integrated into existing business processes. The OEM PostScript and Other segment offers production printing technology for graphics professionals and professional publishers; and also licenses its technology to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that manufacture printers and other output devices. The company also provides professional services, technical support, and customer services. In addition, it owns limited partnership interests in venture capital limited partnerships that invest in early stage companies. The company's customers include graphic designers, Web designers, videographers, photographers, and professional publishers; enterprise users, such as knowledge workers, information technology managers, business managers, and executives; and digital imaging and digital video hobbyists. It offers its products through distributors and dealers, value-added resellers, systems integrators, independent software vendors, and OEMs, as well as through its Web site. Adobe Systems Incorporated was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
SUN MICROSYSTEMS INC (JAVA)
Sun Microsystems, Inc. provides network computing infrastructure product and service solutions worldwide. It offers a line of scalable servers based on SPARC64, Sun UltraSPARC, AMD Opteron, and Intel Xeon microprocessors, that range from entry-level servers and blade systems through data center/HPC business critical computing servers designed for heterogeneous computing environments. The company also provides solutions for various business and technical activities, such as software development, mechanical design, financial analysis, graphics, visualization, simulation, and education, as well as develops and sells silicon-based chips that facilitate networking, cryptography, and high-performance computing. In addition, it offers enterprise infrastructure software systems, software desktop systems, developer software, and infrastructure management software; data storage products and services, including tape storage products, such as libraries, drives, virtualization systems, media, and software; and disk system product line consisting of data center disks, network attached storage, enterprise archive system, midrange disks, workgroups disks, a boot disk, and disk device software. Further, Sun Microsystems offers support and managed services for hardware, software, and client solutions, as well as provides professional and educational services. It also offers component products, such as central processor unit chips and embedded boards on an original equipment manufacturer basis; and supplies after-market and peripheral products. The company's solutions are used in technical/scientific, business, engineering, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, retail, government, life sciences, media and entertainment, transportation, energy/utilities, and healthcare industries. It has strategic alliances with AMD, Fujitsu, and Hitachi Data Systems; and a collaboration with Perago Systems. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in Santa Clara, California.
ELECTRONIC ARTS INC (ERTS)
Electronic Arts, Inc. engages in the development, publishing, and distribution of interactive software games that are playable by consumers on in-home video game players, personal computers, mobile video game players, and the Internet, worldwide. It publishes products in various categories, such as sports, action, strategy, simulations, role playing, and adventure. The company develops games internally, and also engages third-parties to develop games on its behalf at its development and production studios located near San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago, Vancouver, Montreal, London, and Tokyo. Electronic Arts also teams with other game developers who develop their own interactive software games with the company's assistance, which it then publishes, markets, and distributes. Further, the company distributes interactive software games that are developed by other companies. Its products, designed to play on consoles and handhelds, are published under license from the manufacturers. Electronic Arts offers free games on its Web site under four brands: Pogo, EA GAMES, EA SPORTS, and EA SPORTS BIG. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
Xilinx, Inc. engages in the design, development, and marketing of programmable logic solutions. It offers programmable logic devices, including field programmable gate arrays and complex programmable logic devices, software design tools, and predefined system functions delivered as intellectual property cores. The company's products are used by electronic equipment manufacturers primarily in the communications, storage, server, consumer, industrial, and other markets. In addition, Xilinx offers education, design, and support services. The company sells its products through independent domestic and foreign distributors, a network of independent sales representative firms, and through a direct sales management organization to original equipment manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, and Asia Pacific. Xilinx has a strategic foundry relationship with Toshiba Corporation for the production of advanced silicon wafers in Japan. The company was founded in 1984 and is based in San Jose, California.
QUALCOMM INCORPORATED (QCOM)
QUALCOMM Incorporated engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of digital wireless telecommunications products and services based on its Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. It develops and supplies CDMA-based integrated circuits and system software for wireless voice and data communications, multimedia functions, and global positioning system products to wireless device and infrastructure manufacturers. The company grants licenses to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which includes patent rights essential to or used in the manufacture and sale of CDMA products. It provides satellite and terrestrial-based two-way data messaging and position reporting services for transportation companies, private fleets, construction equipment fleets, and other enterprise companies. The company provides the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless product and services to wireless network operators, handset manufacturers, and application developers and support for developing and delivering over-the-air wireless applications and services. It also makes strategic investments to provide worldwide adoption of CDMA products and services for wireless voice and Internet data communications. The company markets its products through direct sales force, partnerships, and distributors in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. QUALCOMM was incorporated in 1985 and is based in San Diego, California.
EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL OF WASHINGTON INC (EXPD)
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. provides logistics services worldwide. The company offers an international network supporting the movement and positioning of goods. Its services include the consolidation or forwarding of air and ocean freight. In addition, the company acts as a customs broker in the United States offices and in certain of its international offices. As a customs broker, it assists importers to clear shipments through customs by preparing required documentation, calculating and providing for payment of duties on behalf of the importer, arranging for inspections by governmental agencies, and arranging for delivery. Expeditors also provides other services at destination, including temporary warehousing, inland transportation, inventory management, cargo insurance, and product distribution. Its additional services include vendor consolidation, purchase order management, and logistics information. The company's customers include retailing and wholesaling, electronics, and manufacturing companies. Expeditors was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
LM ERICSSON TELEPHONE COMPANY (ERIC)
LM Ericsson Telephone Company and its subsidiaries provide communications networks, related services, and handset technology platforms for mobile and fixed network operators worldwide. It operates through three segments, Mobile Networks, Fixed Networks, and Professional Services. The Mobile Networks segment provides mobile systems solutions to network operators, including radio base stations, base station and radio network controllers, mobile switching centers, and application nodes. It offers mobile telecommunications systems that incorporate 2G (GSM, TDMA, and CDMA), 2.5G (GPR S), and 3G (EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, CDMA 2000, and TDSCDMA) mobile technology standards. The Fixed Networks segment supplies broadband communications equipment and services to fixed network operators in Latin America and Europe. The fixed network operators are moving from single-service networks toward broadband packet-switched multi-service networks that handle multiple services, such as voice, data, and images. The Professional Services segment provides consulting, education, systems integration, and managed services, as well as customer support services to the telecommunication industry. Further, the company, through its joint venture with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, offers mobile phones, accessories, and PCcards. It operates in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. The company was founded in 1876 and is headquartered in Kista, Sweden.
PETsMART, Inc. provides products, services, and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets in North America. It offers pet services, including grooming, such as precision cuts, baths, toenail trimming, and toothbrushing; pet training; PETsHOTEL; and Doggie Day Camp. The company's PETsHOTEL provides boarding for dogs and cats, 24-hour supervision, an oncall veterinarian, temperature controlled rooms and suites, daily specialty treats, and play time, as well as day camp for dogs. PETsMART, through a strategic relationship with Banfield, also offers various veterinary care, including examinations and vaccinations, dental care, a pharmacy, and routine and complex surgical procedures. In addition, through PETsMART Charities, Inc., it creates and supports programs that intend to help find a lifelong home for every pet. PETsMART sells its products through its stores, as well as through direct marketing channels, including PETsMART.com, an Internet pet e-commerce site, and an e-commerce site to equine products and two branded catalogs. As of March 25, 2005, the company operated 725 retail stores in the United States and Canada. PETsMART was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.
LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (LLTC)
Linear Technology Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of linear integrated circuits. Its products include amplifiers, comparators, voltage references, monolithic filters, linear regulators, DC-DC converters, battery chargers, data converters, communications interface circuits, radio frequency signal conditioning circuits, and other analog functions. The company's products are used in various applications, including telecommunications; cellular telephones; networking products, such as optical switches; notebook and desktop computers; computer peripherals; video/multimedia; industrial instrumentation; security monitoring devices; consumer products, such as digital cameras and MP3 players; complex medical devices; automotive electronics; factory automation; process control; and military and space systems. Linear Technology markets its products through direct sales force and electronics distributors, as well as through a network of independent sales representatives to customers in diverse industries worldwide. The company was co-founded by Robert H. Swanson and Robert C. Dobkin in 1981. Linear Technology is headquartered in Milpitas, California.
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED (VRTX)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, a biotechnology company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule drugs for HIV infection, chronic hepatitis C virus infection, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, cancer, pain, and bacterial infection. It offers Lexiva/Telzir and Agenerase for HIV infection. The company is developing Merimepodib and VX-950, which are in phase I and phase II stage; VX-765, VX-702, and Pralnacasan that are in phase II stage; VX-680, VX-944, and VX-322, which are in phase I and preclinical stage; and VX-409 and VX-692, that are in preclinical stage. Vertex Pharmaceuticals has collaboration agreements with Aventis S.A.; GlaxoSmithKline plc; Novartis Pharma AG; Merck & Co., Inc.; Mitsubishi Pharma Corp.; and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Incorporated. It also has collaboration agreements with Schering AG; Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; and Eli Lilly and Company. In addition, it has a licensing agreement with Avalon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for the development and commercialization of the IMPDH inhibitor VX-944 for the treatment of cancer. Vertex Pharmaceuticals was founded by Joshua Boger in 1989 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED (MCHP)
Microchip Technology Incorporated engages in the development and manufacture of semiconductor products for various embedded control applications worldwide. Its product portfolio comprises PICmicro fieldreprogrammable (Flash) RISC microcontrollers, which serve 8-bit and 16-bit embedded control applications; linear and mixed signal, power management and thermal management devices; and complementary microperipheral products, including interface devices, Serial EEPROMs, and application-specific standard products. Microchip Technology also operates a Web site that provides engineers with the technical tools and resources needed to create utility metering applications, including energy, water, gas, and heat meters. The company markets its products through sales personnel and distributors to the automotive, communications, computing, consumer, and industrial control markets in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Microchip Technology was incorporated in 1989 and is based in Chandler, Arizona.
SANDISK CORPORATION (SNDK)
SanDisk Corporation engages in the design, development, and market of flash storage card products used in various consumer electronics worldwide. Its products include flash cards, Universal Serial Bus, flash drives, and digital audio players. The company's flash storage allows data to be stored in a compact format that retains the data for an extended period of time after the power has been turned off. Its products are used in digital cameras, feature phones, and other digital consumer devices. SanDisk Corporation sells its products to original equipment manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. The company was co-founded by Eli Harari and Sanjay Mehrotra in 1988. SanDisk Corporation was headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION (CTSH)
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation provides custom information technology (IT) services related to IT design, development, integration, and maintenance services in the United States and Europe. The company offers Web-centric applications, data warehousing, component-based development, and legacy and client-server systems. Its IT services include application design, development, integration, and re-engineering and application maintenance. The company provides IT services using an integrated on-site/offshore business model. It primarily offers its services to the companies in the financial, healthcare, and retail/manufacturing/logistics industries. Cognizant Technology has a strategic relationship with The Trizetto Group, Inc. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Fiserv, Inc. provides integrated data processing and information management systems to financial services providers in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Financial Institution Outsourcing, Systems, and Services; Health Plan Management Services; and Investment Support Services. The Financial Institution Outsourcing, Systems, and Services segment provides account and transaction processing systems and services to financial institutions and other financial intermediaries, including banks, credit unions, financial planners and investment advisers, insurance companies and agents, self-insured employers, leasing companies, lenders, and savings institutions. The Health Plan Management Services segment provides services primarily to employers who self-insure their health plan, including services, such as handling payments to healthcare providers. The Investment Support Services segment provides various administrative, custodial, and processing services to individual investors, third-party retirement plan and pension administrators, investment advisors and financial planners, and financial intermediaries. Its products include self-directed retirement plan administration services and mutual fund custody trading services. The company operates support centers for full-service financial data processing, software system development, item processing and check imaging, technology support, and related product businesses in the United States, as well as in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Poland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. In addition, it provides plastic card issuance, design, personalization and mailing services, and document management products. Fiserv was formed in 1984 and is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Cephalon, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and marketing of products to treat sleep disorders, neurological disorders, cancer, and pain primarily in the United States. The company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, CIMA LABS INC., also develops and manufactures orally disintegrating tablets using proprietary technologies. It markets three proprietary products, including Provigil for treating of excessive sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome and shift work sleep disorder; Actiq for treating pain in opiod-tolerant cancer patients; and Gabitril, which is used as an adjunct therapy for treatment of partial seizures associated with epilepsy. The company sells its products primarily in North America and Europe. Cephalon has an agreement with Bio3 Research and Creabilis to develop K 252a-based products as topical therapies for psoriasis and for the treatment and prevention of restenosis. The company was founded by Frank Baldino, Jr. and is headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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.
Paychex, Inc. provides payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses in the United States. The company offers payroll services, including payroll processing; payroll tax administration; time and attendance solutions; and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex. Its Human Resource Services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, workers' compensation administration, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, and other administrative services for business. The company serves approximately 522,000 payroll clients nationwide through approximately 100 offices. Paychex was founded by Thomas Golisano in 1971 and is headquartered in Rochester, New York.
INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED (INFY)
Infosys Technologies Limited provides consulting and information technology services primarily in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Its solutions include custom application development, maintenance and production support, software re-engineering, package evaluation and implementation, and information technology consulting. The company also provides testing services, operations and business process consulting, engineering services, business process management, systems integration, and infrastructure management services. In addition, Infosys Technologies provides software products to the banking industry and business process management services. It also provides business process management services, such as offsite customer relationship management, finance and accounting, and administration, and sales order processing. Infosys Technologies was co-founded by N. R. Narayana Murthy, Nandan M. Nilekani, S. Gopalakrishnan, K. Dinesh, and S. D. Shibulal in 1981. It was formerly known as Infosys Consultants Private Limited and changed its name to Infosys Technologies Private Limited in April 1992, and further to Infosys Technologies Limited in June 1992. The company is headquartered in Bangalore, India.
Yahoo! Inc. provides Internet services to users and businesses through the Yahoo! Network; and a range of tools and marketing solutions for businesses in the Unites States and internationally. It offers an array of communications services, including mail, messenger, calendar, chat, greetings, clubs, and photos; and various commerce services, such as shopping, auctions, finance, and travel; as well as content and media programming services in various areas, including sports, music, movies, news, and games through partnerships with various content providers. In addition, the company provides a range of personalized information on wireless devices, including wireless phones, two-way pagers, and personal digital assistants. Yahoo! also offers a range of services for businesses and enterprises, including Corporate Yahoo!, an information portal solution that enables companies to communicate and interact directly with their employees, customers, and shareholders; Yahoo! Broadcast Services that provides Internet audio and video streaming solutions for corporate and consumer communications; and Yahoo!'s Small Business services that enable small businesses and professionals to establish and grow a business presence with various Yahoo! services, as well as Yahoo! Fusion Marketing that unites its media, e-commerce, direct marketing, broadcast, and communication tools. It has strategic alliances with SBC Communications, Inc.; BT Group plc; Rogers Cable, Inc.; Alibaba.com Corporation; Seven Network, Ltd.; and Verizon Communications, Inc. The company was founded by David Filo and Jerry Yang in 1994. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
SYMANTEC CORPORATION (SYMC)
Symantec Corporation provides software, appliances, and services to secure and manage information technology (IT) infrastructure for individuals, businesses, and enterprises worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Consumer Products, Enterprise Security, Enterprise Administration, Services, and Other. The Consumer Products segment offers Internet security and problem-solving products to individual users, home offices, and small businesses. Its products include Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security, and Norton SystemWorks, which provide protection from viruses, intrusion attempts, and piracy threats. The Enterprise Security segment provides security solutions for all tiers of a network: at the server tier behind the gateway and at the client tier, including desktop personal computers, laptops, and handhelds. It offers antivirus and antispam technologies, early warning solutions, firewall and virtual private network (VPN) solutions, intrusion detection products, and managed security services, as well as integrated solutions. The Enterprise Administration segment offers open and modular products that enable companies to manage their IT infrastructures. Its products include Symantec Client Migration, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, pcAnywhere, the ON iCommand product family, the LiveState Recovery product family, PartitionMagic Pro, VolumeManager, ServerMagic for NetWare, and OEM Factory Solutions. The Services segment provides information security solutions that include managed security services, consulting services, and education services. The Other segment offers sunset products and products nearing the end of their life cycle. The company offers its products primarily through distributors, retailers, direct marketers, Internet-based resellers, original equipment manufacturers, educational institutions, and Internet service provides. Symantec Corp. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.
WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC (WFMI)
Whole Foods Market, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the ownership and operation of natural and organic foods supermarkets. It offers produce, seafood, grocery, meat and poultry, bakery, prepared foods and catering, specialty (beer, wine, and cheese), whole body (nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, and educational products), floral, pet products, and household products. As of September 25, 2005, the company operated 165 stores in the United States and the District of Columbia; 3 stores in Canada; and 7 stores in the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market was founded in 1978 and is based in Austin, Texas.
PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY INC (PTEN)
Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries provide onshore contract drilling services to independent oil and natural gas exploration, and production companies in North America. The company provides pressure pumping services to oil and natural gas companies primarily in the Appalachian Basin. It also offers drilling fluids, completion fluids, and related services to oil and natural gas operators in west Texas, southeast New Mexico, south Texas, east Texas, Oklahoma, the Gulf coast regions of Texas and Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico. As of December 31, 2004, Patterson-UTI owned 361 land-based drilling rigs. The company also engages in the development, exploration, acquisition, and production of oil and natural gas in west Texas, southeast New Mexico, south Texas, and Mississippi. Patterson-UTI was formed in 1978 and is headquartered in Snyder, Texas.
GENZYME CORPORATION (GENZ)
Genzyme Corporation operates as a biotechnology company. Its products and services focuses on rare genetic disorders, renal disease, kidney disease, cancer, orthopaedics, organ transplant, and diagnostic and predictive testing. The company operates in five segments: Renal, Therapeutics, Transplant, Biosurgery, and Diagnostics/Genetics. The Renal unit develops, manufactures, and distributes products that treat patients suffering from renal diseases, including chronic renal failure. The Therapeutics unit offers therapeutic products for genetic diseases; and other chronic debilitating diseases, including lysosomal storage disorders and other specialty therapeutics. The Transplant unit provides therapeutic products that address pretransplantation, prevention, and treatment of acute rejection in organ transplantation, as well as other auto-immune disorders. The Biosurgery unit develops, manufactures, and distributes biotherapeutics and biomaterial products, with an emphasis on products that meet medical needs in orthopaedics and broader surgical areas. The Diagnostics/Genetics unit offers vitro diagnostic products; and testing services for the oncology, and prenatal and reproductive markets. The company offers its products primarily to physicians, hospitals, and treatment centers in various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Canada, Switzerland, and Germany. Genzyme Corp. has an agreement with RenaMed Biologics, Inc. to jointly develop and commercialize RenaMed's Bio-Replacement Therapy for the treatment of acute renal failure; a collaboration with De Novo Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. to apply De Novo's molecular structure generating technology to focus on a disease target of interest to Genzyme; and a collaboration agreement with Epiontis GmbH to develop quality control tests for Genzyme's cartilage repair product Carticel. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
BEA Systems, Inc. provides application infrastructure software worldwide. The company's WebLogic Enterprise Platform automates customers' processes, eases their new service launches, and automates their supplier and distributor relationships. This platform consists of BEA WebLogic Server, which includes security, management, development, and deployment features, as well as support for Web services protocols; BEA WebLogic Integration, a solution for application integration, business process management, business-to-business integration, and Web services; BEA WebLogic Portal, which builds and deploys personalized enterprise portals; BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic, a solution for providing information integration and data aggregation from various sources in distributed computer systems; BEA WebLogic Workshop, a services-oriented development environment primarily for Web applications, Web services, data and application integration, business processes, and portals; BEA Web logic JRockit, a server centric Java Virtual Machine; BEA WebLogic Enterprise Security, an application security infrastructure solution; and BEA Tuxedo, a transaction processing platform for distributed enterprise applications. The company sells its products through distributors, value added resellers, and partnerships with independent software vendors, application service providers, hardware original equipment manufacturers, and systems integrators, as well as directly through a network of sales offices and Web site at www.bea.com. It serves telecommunications, commercial and investment banking, securities trading, government, manufacturing, retail, airlines, pharmaceuticals, package delivery, and insurance industries. The company was founded by Alfred S. Chuang in 1995 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO INC (SIRI)
Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. offers satellite radio services in the United States. The company provides commercial-free music channels comprising pop, rock, country, hip hop, r&b/urban, dance/electronic, jazz/standards, classical, and latin and world; and channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, and weather programs. As of December 31, 2004, the company broadcasted 120 channels of programming to listeners, 65 channels of commercial-free music and feature, and 55 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, and weather for a monthly subscription fee. As of the same date, it served approximately 1,143,258 subscribers primarily in New York; Houston, Texas; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; and Los Angeles, California. The company was incorporated as Satellite CD Radio, Inc. in 1990 and changed its name to CD Radio, Inc. in 1992. Further, it changed its name to Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. in 1999. Sirius Satellite Radio is headquartered in New York City.
Intuit, Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small business, consumer and professional tax, and accountants in the United States, Canada, and Internationally. It offers QuickBooks-Related products include QuickBooks accounting and business management software for small businesses, as well as the products and services that can be added on to QuickBooks. These include financial supplies, QuickBooks Payroll, merchant services, and technical support. The company's Intuit-Branded Small Business products include outsourced payroll and solutions designed to meet the needs of businesses in the property management, wholesale durable goods distribution, and construction industries. The Tax portfolio consists of two segments, Consumer Tax and Professional Tax. Consumer Tax includes TurboTax consumer tax products and services. Professional Tax includes Lacerte and ProSeries professional tax products and services. Its other portfolio includes Quicken personal finance products and services. Intuit markets its products and services directly to its customers through its Web sites, call centers, and direct sales force, as well as through office supply superstores, warehouse clubs, consumer electronics retailers, food and drug retailers, catalogers, and general mass merchandisers. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
MARVELL TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD (MRVL)
Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. engages in the design, development, and marketing of semiconductors, such as analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing integrated circuits. Its products include switching, transceivers, wireless, PC connectivity, gateways, communications controllers, and storage and power management solutions. The company's products serve applications used in business enterprise, consumer electronics, and emerging markets. Its products enable the customers to store and move digital data by using media infrastructures or wireless. These products are also used for transmitting and recovering digitally converted analog signals to and from various types of broadband communications media. The company operates in Bermuda, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Marvell Technology Group was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
IAC/InterActiveCorp operates a portfolio of brands in the travel, retailing, ticketing, personals, media, financial services, real estate, and teleservices industries worldwide. Its Travel segment makes travel products and services available from various commercial and charter airlines, lodging properties, car rental companies, and cruise lines and in-destination service providers. The company's Electronic Retailing segment sells consumer products primarily through the HSN and America's Store television networks, and HSN.com, as well as through consumer catalog services and infomercials. IAC/InterActiveCorp's Ticketing segment provides online and offline ticketing services through Ticketmaster-owned Web sites. It also offers operator-staffed call centers and independent retail outlets serving various venues, entertainment facilities, promoters, and professional sports franchises. Its Personals segment provides single adults with an environment for meeting other singles through their respective Web sites, as well as through Match.com's affiliated networks. The company's Local and Media Services segment offers local content for major cities in the United States and abroad, as well as practical transactional tools; markets coupon books, discounts, merchant promotions, and sally foster gift wrap; and offers free online invitation services, and online travel search engine and directory. Its Financial Services and Real Estate segment provides online exchanges that connect consumers and service providers in the lending and real estate industries. IAC/InterActiveCorp's Teleservices segment provides outsourced customer lifecycle management solutions. The company was incorporated as Silver King Broadcasting Company, Inc. in 1986 and changed its name to HSN, Inc. in 1996. It further changed its name to USA Networks, Inc. in 1998; to USA Interactive in 2002; to InterActiveCorp in 2003; and to IAC/InterActiveCorp in 2004. The company is based in New York City.
CINTAS CORPORATION (CTAS)
Cintas Corporation provides specialized services to various businesses in North America. It operates through two segments, Rentals and Other Services. The Rentals segment designs and manufactures corporate identity uniforms, which it rents to its customers. This segment also sells and rents other items, including entrance mats, shop towels, and restroom supplies. The Other Services segment engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of uniforms to its customers, as well as the sale of ancillary products and services. These products and services include restroom supplies, first aid products and services, document management services, and cleanroom supplies. Cintas serves small service manufacturing companies and other corporations. The company was founded in 1968 by Richard T. Farmer and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.
FLEXTRONICS INTERNATIONAL LTD (FLEX)
Flextronics International, Ltd. provides electronics manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers. It offers design services, including user interface and industrial design, mechanical engineering and tooling design, electronic system design, PCB design, semiconductor design, printed circuit board and flexible circuit fabrication, and systems assembly and manufacturing services. The company also provides design, manufacture, and integration of electronics packaging systems, including custom enclosure systems, power and thermal subsystems, interconnect subsystems, and cabling and cases. In addition, it provides logistics services, including freight forwarding, warehousing/inventory management, and outbound/e-commerce solutions. The company also provides various after-market services that comprise product repair, remanufacturing and maintenance at repair depots, logistics and parts management, returns processing, warehousing, and engineering change management. It offers project planning, documentation, engineering, production, installation and commissioning of equipment to original equipment manufacturers in the data and telecommunications industries. The company offers products to handheld devices, computers and office automation, communications infrastructure, consumer devices, information technology infrastructure, industrial, automotive and medical industries. Flextronics International was incorporated in 1990 and is based in Singapore.
COMCAST CORPORATION (CMCSA)
Comcast Corporation engages in the development, management, and operation of broadband cable networks, as well as provision of programming content in the United States. The company operates in two segments Cable and Content. The Cable segment develops, manages, and operates broadband communications networks, including video, Internet, and phone services, and regional sports and news networks. The Content segment offers various video services, which includes programming provided by national television networks, local broadcast television stations, limited satellite-delivered programming, and locally-originated programming, including governmental and public access. It also offers feature motion pictures, live and taped sporting events, concerts, and other special features. In addition, the Content segment provides other services, such as digital cable, video on demand, high-definition television, and digital video recorder (DVR) services, which enables digital subscribers to select, record, and store programs and play them. Its DVR service also provides the ability to pause and rewind live television. The company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4techTV, International Channel Networks, TV One, and four Comcast SportsNets. In addition, the company performs live sporting events; own or manage facilities for sporting events, concerts, and other special events; and offers Internet protocol enabled phone service in Maryland and northern Virginia. Comcast Corporation is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
LIBERTY MEDIA CORPORATION (LINTA)
Liberty Media Interactive engages in video and online commerce in the United States and internationally. The company, through its subsidiary, markets and sells various consumer products, including home, apparel and accessories, and jewelry. It offers these products through merchandise-focused televised shopping programs on the QVC television networks and via the Internet through its domestic and international Web sites. The company also offers perishable products, including flowers and plants, fruits, meats and seafood, sweets and confections, chocolate-dipped berries, and related gifting products through e-commerce marketplace of Web sites. In addition, it operates as an online retailer of costumes, accessories, decor, and party supplies. Further, the company owns interests in Expedia, Inc., a travel services company; and IAC/InterActiveCorp, a multi-brand interactive commerce company. The company is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.
BED BATH & BEYOND INC (BBBY)
Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate a chain of superstores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its stores offer domestic merchandise and home furnishings, giftware, household items, and health and beauty care items. As of May 28, 2005, the company operated a total of 732 stores. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. was founded by Leonard Feinstein and Warren Eisenberg in 1971. The company is headquartered in Union, New Jersey.
Virgin Media, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides television, broadband, fixed line telephone, and mobile telephone services in the United Kingdom. It operates through three segments: Cable, Mobile, and Content. Cable segment distributes television programming over its cable network; and provides broadband and fixed line telephone services to consumers, businesses, and public sector organizations. Mobile segment provides mobile telephone services under the name Virgin Mobile' to consumers over cellular networks owned by T-Mobile. Content segment engages in the operation of television channels, including LivingTV and Bravo, and sit-up's portfolio of retail television channels. This segment also has interest in the UKTV television channels, through its joint venture with BBC Worldwide. The company was founded in 1993. It was formerly known as NTL Incorporated and changed its name to Virgin Media, Inc. in February 2007. The company is based in New York, New York.
Ross Stores, Inc. operates as an off-price retailer of apparel and home accessories primarily in the United States. The company operates its off-price retail stores under the Ross and dd's DISCOUNTS names. Its stores offer branded apparel, shoes, and accessories, as well as gift items, linens, and other home related merchandise. They also offer maternity, small furniture or furniture accents, educational toys and games, luggage, gourmet food and cookware, sporting goods, and fine jewelry. The company operated 663 Ross stores and 10 dd's DISCOUNTS stores, as of April 30, 2005. Ross Stores was incorporated in 1957 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.
LAMAR ADVERTISING COMPANY (LAMR)
Lamar Advertising Company provides various outdoor advertising services in the United States and Canada. It owns and operates outdoor advertising structures, as well as provides logo sign and transit advertising services. The company engages in creating the advertising copy design and layout, coordinating its printing, and installing the designs on billboard displays. Lamar Advertising erects logo signs pursuant to state-awarded service contracts on public rights-of-way near highway exits and delivers brand name information on available gas, food, lodging, and camping services. The company also operates the tourism signing contracts for the states of Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia, as well as for the province of Ontario, Canada. In addition, it designs and produces logo sign plates for its customers. Lamar Advertising provides transit advertising on bus shelters, benches, and buses. As of December 31, 2004, the company owned and operated approximately 150,000 billboard advertising displays in 43 states; operated approximately 95,000 logo advertising displays in 20 states and the province of Ontario, Canada; and operated approximately 9,900 transit advertising displays in 12 states. In addition to the traditional billboards, the company also has digital displays. It offers its production services to local advertisers and to advertisers that are not represented by advertising agencies. Lamar Advertising is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS INC (LVLT)
Level 3 Communications, Inc. provides communications and information services worldwide. It offers softswitch services, including managed modem for the dial-up access business, wholesale voice-over-IP (VoIP) component services, and consumer oriented VoIP services; Internet protocol and data services, such as Internet protocol transit and network interconnection solutions; and transport and infrastructure services that include high-speed Internet access services, wavelengths, and dark fiber services. The company provides its services primarily to local exchange carriers, international carriers, broadband cable television operators, interexchange carriers, systems integrators, governments, VoIP service providers, calling card providers, conferencing providers, call centers, and media and entertainment content providers. As of December 31, 2004, it operated metropolitan networks totaling approximately 14,560 conduit miles and 792,000 fiber miles in the United States, and approximately 3,580 conduit miles and 155,000 fiber miles in Europe. The company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado.
Tellabs, Inc. engages in the design and marketing of communications equipment to telecommunications service providers worldwide. The company's products are classified into transport, managed access, voice quality, broadband data, and access products. Transport systems include digital-cross connect systems, transport products, transport switches, and optical transport systems. Managed access systems include mobile transmission systems, which are used for cell site aggregation and backhaul; cable telephony distribution systems, which enable cable television providers, alternate access carriers, and competitive access providers to build communication networks that support the integrated delivery of video and circuit-switched voice and data services; and edge nodes, core nodes, switch nodes, and transport switches. Voice-quality systems primarily consists broadband and narrowband echo cancellers, integrated echo cancellation, and other voice-quality solutions to manage voice quality in wireless, long distance, and private communications networks. Broadband data systems include multiservice routers, which enable carriers to integrate frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode network services, Ethernet, and Internet protocol (IP) data networks onto a converged multiprotocol label switching infrastructure (MPLS). It also includes managed edge systems, which are IP/MPLS-based platforms with service management tools. Access Products include optical networking terminals for fiber to the premise access systems. Tellabs products and services provide solutions for wireline services to business and residential customers, wireless services, and broadband data networking. The company also provides installation and professional services, such as network deployment, traffic management, support services, and training. It sells its products through its field sales force and distributors. Tellabs was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Naperville, Illinois.
Staples, Inc. and its subsidiaries distribute office products in North America and internationally. The company offers business machines, computers and related products, and office furniture. It also offers an array of services, including high-speed, color and self-service copying, other printing services, faxing, and pack and ship services. As of July 30, 2005, the company operated 1,716 superstores. Staples, Inc. was founded by Tom Stemberg and Leo Kahn in 1985. The company is based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
MONSTER WORLDWIDE INC (MNST)
Monster Worldwide, Inc. provides online recruitment services in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. It operates in three segments: Monster, Advertising and Communications, and Directional Marketing. Monster segment operates an online career Web site, which connects companies with individuals and offers technology and services that give employers control over the recruiting process. Its solutions include searchable job postings, a resume database, and career management content and advice. As of February 18, 2005, the Monster global network consisted of 26 local content and language sites. Advertising and Communications segment designs global, national, or local recruitment advertising campaigns for clients in high growth industries and government agencies. Directional Marketing segment helps its clients build, enhance, and protect their brand images using approximately 8,000 Yellow Pages directories. The company's customers consist of individuals, small and medium-sized organizations, enterprise organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Monster Worldwide was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in New York City.
Amgen, Inc., a biotechnology company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of human therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology. The company markets human therapeutic products in the areas of nephrology, supportive cancer care, and inflammatory disease. Its products primarily include EPOGEN, Aranesp, Neulasta, NEUPOGEN, and ENBREL, which is marketed under a co-promotion agreement with Wyeth in the United States and Canada. EPOGEN and Aranesp stimulate the production of red blood cells to treat anemia. Neulasta and NEUPOGEN selectively stimulate the production of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight infections. ENBREL blocks the biologic activity of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) by inhibiting TNF, a substance induced in response to inflammatory and immunological responses, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It sells its products to healthcare providers, including clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Amgen has collaboration and license agreement with Memory Pharmaceuticals Corp. to produce drugs for neurological and psychiatric disorders; and a drug-discovery agreement with Galapagos Genomics NV. The company was established by Bill Bowes, Franklin Johnson, Sam Wohlsteadter, and Raymond Baddour in 1980. Amgen is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.
SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION (SHLD)
Sears Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. It offers home appliances, tools, lawn and garden products, home electronics, and automotive repair and maintenance products. The company offers its products in various brands, including Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith, Martha Stewart Everyday, and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington. As of December 6, 2005, the company operated 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings was founded in 1899 is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
STARBUCKS CORPORATION (SBUX)
Starbucks Corporation engages in purchasing, roasting, and selling whole bean coffees worldwide. The company offers brewed coffees, espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, various complementary food items, premium teas, and a line of compact discs, coffee-related accessories and equipment, including drip and French press coffeemakers, espresso machines, and coffee grinders primarily through its retail stores. Starbucks also licenses its trademark for retail store operations, and grocery and warehouse club stores, as well as to produce and distribute its branded products. It also engages in producing and selling coffee drinks, espresso drink, and a line of ice creams. The company operates retail stores primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Germany, China, Chile, Ireland, and Thailand. As of October 2, 2005, the company had 10,241 retail outlets. Starbucks was founded by Howard Schultz in 1985 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
NETWORK APPLIANCE INC (NTAP)
Network Appliance, Inc. provides enterprise storage and data management software and hardware products and services. Its storage systems include fabric-attached storage enterprise systems designed for network-centric enterprise information technology infrastructures and support network-attached storage, storage area network, and Internet small computer system interface environments with unified solutions; V-Series family of network-based, storage virtualization solutions, which offer data management software for sharing, consolidating, protecting, and recovering data across various heterogeneous storage systems; NearStore Systems to enhance data backup and recovery architectures, store reference and regulated data, and archive infrequently accessed files on ATA drives; and a suite of secure content and application delivery appliances for Internet security, Web content and application acceleration, and video delivery. In addition, the company provides an integrated storage appliance that uses software for storage administration and data availability, together with hardware; and NetCache Web delivery and security appliances that support various applications, including proxy, Web caching, content filtering, virus scanning, Web application management, streaming media delivery, content distribution, and usage analysis applications. Further, Network Appliance offers support, consulting, and training services. The company markets and distributes its products worldwide through a direct sales force, value-added resellers, system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC (AKAM)
Akamai Technologies, Inc. provides services for the delivery of content and business processes over the Internet for businesses, government agencies, and other enterprises. It offers services and solutions for content and application delivery, application performance services, on demand managed services, and business performance management services based on its technological platform, EdgePlatform. The company offers solutions for the delivery, load balancing, and storage of the applications and Web content. It also offers application performance services to enhance the performance of content common on corporate extranets and wide area networks. Akamai's on demand managed services, including Akamai EdgeComputing and net storage offerings, enable enterprises to handle Internet traffic. The company's business performance management services include its network data feeds and its Web analytics offering, which provide customers with data about the performance of their content and applications over the Internet and on the Edge Platform. In addition, it provides custom solutions, including replicating its technologies to facilitate content delivery behind the firewall, combinations of its technology with that of other providers to create solutions for specific customers, and support for applications that rely on the Internet and intranets. Akamai sells its services and software domestically and internationally through its direct sales and services organization, as well as through resellers. It has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sepracor, Inc., a research-based pharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of differentiated products primarily for the treatment of respiratory and central nervous system disorders. It commercializes two proprietary products, LUNESTA eszopiclone for the treatment of insomnia in patients who experience difficulty falling asleep, as well as for the treatment of patients who have difficulty sleeping through the night; and XOPENEX levalbuterol Inhalation Solution, a short-acting bronchodilator, for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in patients with reversible obstructive airway disease, such as asthma. Additionally, XOPENEX HFA (levalbuterol tartrate) Inhalation Aerosol, a hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) metered-dose inhaler is approved for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in adults, adolescents, and children four years of age and older with reversible obstructive airway disease. The company also has two drug candidates in Phase II and other drug compounds in earlier stages of development, including (S)-amlodipine for the treatment of hypertension; SEP-226330 for the treatment of restless legs syndrome; SEP-225289 for the treatment of depression; and SEP-227162 also for the treatment of depression. In addition, Sepracor has out-licensed the rights to various marketed drugs that include Schering-Plough's CLARINEX (desloratadine); sanofi-aventis's ALLEGRA (fexofenadine HCl); UCB Pharma's XYZAL/XUSAL (levocetirizine). Additionally, Sepracor has a research and development collaboration with ACADIA Pharmaceuticals to investigate potential clinical candidates targeted toward the treatment of central nervous system disorders. Sepracor was founded by Timothy J. Barberich in 1984 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.