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17. Apple
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 17 (Previous rank: 35)
CEO: Timothy D. Cook
Was this company a 2011 top stock?

The company emerged from the tragic passing of co-founder Steve Jobs saddened but in no perceptible way weakened. Under CEO Tim Cook, the company continued pumping out new products -- like a significantly upgraded version of the iPad tablet. Apple nearly doubled its earnings per share in 2011, compared to 2010. That helped nudge management to announce plans for the firm's first dividend since 1995, returning some of the $97.6 billion in cash it had accumulated. Apple fans and analysts alike also continue to await a long-rumored television set from the gadget maker.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2010
Revenues 108,249.0 66.0
Profits 25,922.0 85.0
Assets 116,371.0
Stockholders' equity 76,615.0
Market value (3/29/2012) 568,615.1
Profits as % of  
Revenues 23.9
Assets 22.3
Stockholders' equity 33.8
Earnings per share  
2011 $ 27.68
% change from 2010 82.7
2001-2011 annual growth rate % N.A.
Total return to investors %
2011 25.6
2001-2011 annual rate 43.5
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Hewlett-Packard 10 127,245.0
2 Apple 17 108,249.0
3 Dell 44 62,071.0
4 Xerox 127 22,626.0
5 NCR 447 5,443.0
6 Pitney Bowes 461 5,278.0
Issue date: May 21, 2012
Figures are for fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2011.
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Rank # of Fortune 500 Companies
California 53
Texas 52
New York 50
Company Rank
Google 73
NetApp 474
NuStar Energy 377
Company 2011 $ (millions)
Exxon $41,060.0
Chevron $26,895.0
Apple $25,922.0
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