The Top Shareholder-Friendly Companies of 2007
Listed here by sector and industry are the companies that scored the highest when we asked portfolio managers and sell-side equity analysts to choose the most shareholder-friendly companies in their domains.
BASIC MATERIALS
Chemicals/Commodity
1 Monsanto Co.
2 Dow Chemical Co.
3 E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.
4 Rohm & Haas Co.
5 PPG Industries
Chemicals/Specialty
1 Praxair
2 Air Products and Chemicals
3 Ecolab
4 Chemtura Corp.
Metals & Mining
1 Nucor Corp.
2 Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
3 Allegheny Technologies
4 Phelps Dodge Corp.
Paper & Forest Products
1 International Paper Co.
2 Weyerhaeuser Co.
3 Packaging Corp. of America
4 Kimberly-Clark Corp.
5 Temple-Inland
CAPITAL GOODS/INDUSTRIALS
Aerospace & Defense Electronics
1 United Technologies Corp.
2 Lockheed Martin Corp.
3 Boeing Co.
4 General Dynamics Corp.
5 Rockwell Collins
Airfreight & Surface Transportation
1 United Parcel Service
2 FedEx Corp.
3 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.
4 Norfolk Southern Corp.
5 Landstar System
Business & Professional Services
1 Manpower
2 Robert Half International
Electrical Equipment & Multi-Industry
1 General Electric Co.
2 Danaher Corp.
3 Continental Materials Corp.
4 Emerson Electric Co.
5 3M Co.
Environmental Services
1 Republic Services
2 Waste Management
3 Stericycle
Machinery
1 Illinois Tool Works
2 Deere & Co.
3 Caterpillar
4 Eaton Corp.
5 Ingersoll-Rand Co. 1
Packaging
1 Ball Corp.
2 Crown Holdings
3 Pactiv Corp.
4 Sonoco Products Co.
CONSUMER
Airlines
1 Southwest Airlines Co.
2 AMR Corp.
3 U.S. Airways Group
4 AirTran Holdings
Apparel, Footwear & Textiles
1 Coach
2 Liz Claiborne
3 Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.
4 V.F. Corp.
5 Carter's
Autos & Auto Parts
1 Johnson Controls
2 BorgWarner
3 Gentex Corp.
4 Advance Auto Parts
5 American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings
Beverages
1 PepsiCo
2 Coca-Cola Co.
3 Pepsi Bottling Group
4 Anheuser-Busch Cos.
5 Coca-Cola Enterprises
Cosmetics, Household & Personal Care Products
1 Procter & Gamble Co.
2 Colgate-Palmolive Co.
3 Clorox Co.
4 Alberto-Culver Co. 2
5 Masco Corp.
Food
1 Hershey Co.
2 Kellogg Co.
3 Campbell Soup Co.
4 Dean Foods Co.
5 General Mills
Gaming & Lodging
1 Harrah’s Entertainment 3
2 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
3 Station Casinos 4
4 Marriott International
5 International Game Technology
Homebuilders & Building Products
1 D.R. Horton
2 Toll Brothers
3 Ryland Group
4 Pulte Homes
5 KB Home
Leisure
1 Carnival Corp.
2 Harley-Davidson
3 Royal Caribbean Cruises
4 Life Time Fitness
Restaurants
1 Yum! Brands
2 McDonald’s Corp.
3 Applebee’s International
4 P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
5 Starbucks Corp.
Retailing/Broadlines & Department Stores
1 J.C. Penney Co.
2 Federated Department Stores
3 Target Corp.
4 Kohl's Corp.
5 Nordstrom
Retailing/Food & Drug Chains
1 CVS Corp. 5
2 Walgreen Co.
3 Whole Foods Market
4 Kroger Co.
Retailing/Hardlines
1 Staples
2 Lowe’s Cos.
3 Best Buy Co.
4 Home Depot
5 Williams-Sonoma
Retailing/Specialty Stores
1 Chico’s FAS
2 Limited Brands
3 Urban Outfitters
4 American Eagle Outfitters
5 Tiffany & Co.
Tobacco
1 Altria Group
2 Reynolds American
ENERGY
Electric Utilities
1 TXU Corp.
2 Exelon Corp.
3 Duke Energy Corp.
4 Allegheny Energy
5 Entergy Corp.
Integrated Oil
1 Exxon Mobil Corp.
2 Occidental Petroleum Corp.
3 ConocoPhillips
4 Marathon Oil Corp.
5 Hess Corp.
Natural Gas
1 Questar Corp.
2 Kinder Morgan 6
3 Williams Cos.
4 Equitable Resources
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
1 EOG Resources
2 7 Apache Corp.
2 7 XTO Energy
4 Newfield Exploration Co.
5 Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Oil Services & Equipment
1 Schlumberger
2 Nabors Industries 1
3 Halliburton Co.
4 Noble Corp.
5 Baker Hughes
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Banks/Large-Cap
1 Wachovia Corp. 8
2 Wells Fargo & Co.
3 Bank of America Corp.
4 JPMorgan Chase & Co.
5 U.S. Bancorp
Banks/Midcap
1 Zions Bancorp.
2 Commerce Bancorp
3 M&T Bank Corp.
4 North Fork Bancorp. 9
5 Compass Bancshares
Brokers & Asset Managers
1 Lehman Brothers Holdings
2 Goldman Sachs Group
3 Merrill Lynch & Co.
4 Franklin Resources
5 BlackRock
Insurance/Life
1 Aflac
2 Hartford Financial Services Group
3 Prudential Financial
4 MetLife
5 Genworth Financial
Insurance/Nonlife
1 Allstate Corp.
2 Progressive Corp.
3 Ace 1
4 Chubb Corp.
5 Arch Capital Group 1
Mortgage Finance
1 Countrywide Financial Corp.
2 Golden West Financial Corp. 8
3 IndyMac Bancorp
4 Accredited Home Lenders Holding Co.
REITs
1 Host Hotels & Resorts
2 AvalonBay Communities
3 Simon Property Group
4 AMB Property Corp.
5 ProLogis
Specialty Finance
1 Capital One Financial Corp. 9
2 American Express Co.
3 CIT Group
4 Moody's Corp.
5 SLM Corp. (Sallie Mae)
HEALTH CARE
Biotechnology
1 Gilead Sciences
2 Genentech
3 Amgen
4 Genzyme Corp.
5 Celgene Corp.
Health Care Facilities
1 Community Health Systems
2 HCA 10
3 Triad Hospitals
4 Universal Health Services
5 Health Management Associates
Health Care Technology & Distribution
1 Medco Health Solutions
2 McKesson Corp.
3 Caremark Rx 5
4 Cardinal Health
5 AmerisourceBergen Corp.
Managed Care
1 WellPoint
2 UnitedHealth Group
3 Humana
4 Aetna
5 Coventry Health Care
Medical Supplies & Devices
1 Johnson & Johnson
2 Medtronic
3 Zimmer Holdings
4 Baxter International
5 St. Jude Medical
Pharmaceuticals/Major
1 Eli Lilly and Co.
2 Wyeth
3 Merck & Co.
4 Schering-Plough Corp.
5 Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Pharmaceuticals/Specialty
1 Barr Pharmaceuticals
2 Allergan
3 Forest Laboratories
4 Sepracor
MEDIA
Cable & Satellite
1 Comcast Corp.
2 DirecTV Group
3 EchoStar Communications Corp.
Entertainment
1 Walt Disney Co.
2 Time Warner
3 CBS Corp.
4 News Corp.
5 Viacom
Publishing & Advertising Agencies
1 7 Gannett Co.
1 7 E.W. Scripps Co.
3 Omnicom Group
4 McGraw-Hill Cos.
5 Digitas 11
Radio & TV Broadcasting
1 Clear Channel Communications 12
2 Univision Communications
3 Entercom Communications Corp.
TECHNOLOGY
Computer Services & IT Consulting
1 Accenture 1
2 Paychex
3 Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
4 Electronic Data Systems Corp.
5 First Data Corp.
Electronics Manufacturing Services
1 Jabil Circuit
Imaging Technology
1 Adobe Systems
Internet
1 Yahoo!
2 EBay
3 AQuantive
4 ValueClick
5 Google
IT Hardware
1 Hewlett-Packard Co.
2 Apple Computer
3 IBM Corp.
4 EMC Corp.
5 Dell
Semiconductor Capital Equipment
1 KLA-Tencor Corp.
2 Lam Research Corp.
3 Applied Materials
4 Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates
Semiconductors
1 Texas Instruments
2 Microchip Technology
3 Intel Corp.
4 Freescale Semiconductor 13
5 Marvell Technology Group 1
Software
1 Microsoft Corp.
2 Oracle Corp.
3 7 Autodesk
3 7 Intuit
5 Citrix Systems
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Data Networking & Wireline Equipment
1 Cisco Systems
2 Tellabs
Telecom Equipment/Wireless
1 Qualcomm
2 Motorola
3 Crown Castle International Corp.
Telecom Services/Wireless
1 Alltel Corp.
2 Sprint Nextel Corp.
Telecom Services/Wireline
1 AT&T 14
2 Verizon Communications
3 BellSouth Corp. 14
4 Qwest Communications International
5 Alaska Communications Systems Group
1 Based in Bermuda.
2 Effective November 16, 2006, upon company's reorganization, company changed name to Alberto-Culver LLC.
3 Accepted a private equity buyout bid in December 2006.
4 Management-led buyout bid launched December 2, 2006.
5 On November 1, 2006, CVS Corp. and Caremark Rx agreed to merge; the deal was expected to be completed in six to 12 months.
6 Agreed to management-led buyout November 15, 2006; deal expected to be completed early this year.
7 Tie.
8 Wachovia Corp. and Golden West Financial Corp. merged effective October 1, 2006.
9 Capital One Financial Corp. acquired North Fork Bancorp. effective December 1, 2006.
10 Taken private in management-led buyout completed November 17, 2006.
11 Acquired by France's Publicis Groupe effective January 31, 2007.
12 Agreed on November 16, 2006, to be taken private.
13 Taken private effective December 4, 2006.
14 AT&T acquired BellSouth Corp. effective December 29, 2006.

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