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1 Apple 103 50.7
2 NVR 464 37.4
3 Frontier Oil 462 36.3
4 XTO Energy 436 35.8
5 Express Scripts 135 34.6
6 Holly 484 34.0
7 DISH Network 240 33.9
8 Amazon.com 171 33.8
9 Oshkosh 383 32.9
10 Jacobs Engineering Group 308 31.2
11 Best Buy 66 29.6
12 Qualcomm 297 29.5
13 Quest Diagnostics 365 29.2
14 C.H. Robinson Worldwide 341 26.7
15 Valero Energy 16 25.6
16 Expeditors International of Washington 458 25.5
17 Precision Castparts 444 25.3
18 MGM Mirage 323 25.1
19 UnitedHealth Group 25 25.1
20 Exelon 131 24.6
21 Coventry Health Care 266 24.2
22 Commercial Metals 303 24.1
23 Stryker 401 23.4
24 Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold 140 23.1
25 Paccar 169 22.7
26 Apache 262 22.5
27 Murphy Oil 134 22.4
28 Occidental Petroleum 123 21.8
29 PPL 346 20.2
30 Hess 77 20.2
31 Tesoro 116 20.1
32 Oracle 137 19.8
33 Reliance Steel & Aluminum 345 19.5
34 Nucor 151 19.5
35 Symantec 461 19.4
36 Ball 336 19.0
37 Danaher 239 18.9
38 Entergy 231 18.9
39 Terex 287 18.8
40 Chesapeake Energy 324 18.7
41 Cummins 206 18.6
42 Yum Brands 253 18.5
43 Lehman Brothers Holdings 37 18.5
44 Trane 241 18.4
45 Yahoo 353 18.3
46 AFLAC 165 18.3
47 Johnson Controls 72 18.3
48 Shaw Group 426 18.0
49 Harrah's Entertainment 244 17.9
50 Rockwell Automation 450 17.8
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