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International Business Machines
Rank: 20 (Previous rank: 14)
CEO: Samuel J. Palmisano
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Sales at Big Blue were down as was its Fortune 500 ranking but that doesn't mean it was an entirely bad year. Earnings and cash flow were stronger than ever despite the recession, thanks to a continued focus on selling high-margin software and services that are designed to help businesses save money and find customers.

Another sign of a solid 2009: Two of the most powerful enterprise technology companies in Silicon Valley, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle, regularly singled out IBM as a chief rival. Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but vilification is a close second. --Jon Fortt

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 95,758.0 -7.6
Profits 13,425.0 8.8
Assets 109,022.0
Stockholders' equity 22,637.0
Market value (3/26/2010) 167,909.1
Profits as % of  
Revenues 14.0
Assets 12.3
Stockholders' equity 59.3
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 10.01
% change from 2008 12.1
1999-2009 annual growth rate % 9.3
Total return to investors %
2009 58.6
1999-2009 annual rate 3.0
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 International Business Machines 20 95,758.0
2 Computer Sciences 138 16,739.9
3 SAIC 215 10,847.0
4 Affiliated Computer Services 341 6,523.2
5 Unisys 452 4,597.7
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
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1 New Orchard Rd.
Armonk, NY 10504
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