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Applied Materials
Rank: 78
Get quote: AMAT
Employees: 12,576
Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA Sector(s): Electronics

Why It's hot: Sales of products that allow chipmakers to see defects in tiny transistors soared as the industry switched to new standards.
Revenue 6,991.8 18.6 83
Earnings 1,209.9 319.6 2
Operating cash flow 1,247.1 39.4 69
Stock return (2005) 5
Headcount change (2005) 3.2
From the June 2006 issue