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September 26, 2014
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Lam Research Corp: Innovating the Future of Technology

In 1980, David K. Lam started the venture which is now known as the Lam Research Corporation. His business is now a solid partner of companies that are engaged in the production of semiconductors. From their operations in the United States, the business has expanded to the Asia Pacific, Korea, Japan and in Europe.

Lam Research Corporation is in the business of designing, developing, manufacturing and selling of various semiconductor processing equipment. Part of their product portfolio is tier etch systems, chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, plasma-enhance chemical vapor deposition, dielectric and conductor etch, resist strip and surface preparation several synergy cleaning products. All of these products and services are used in the fabrication of integrated circuits.

Through its wafer fabrication equipment, the company is able to immensely help in innovating the technology that changes the way we live. The solutions Lam Research develops allows its end users to come up with smaller but more powerful and faster electronic devices.

September 23, 2014
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Lennar Corporation: One of America’s Biggest Homebuilders

Originally founded as F&R Builders in 1954, Lennar Corporation is considered as one of the largest and most trustworthy homebuilders in the United States. The company is headquartered in Miami, Florida and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. As a construction company, the business is focused on the creation of retirement homes that are smacked in the middle of communities that are capable of addressing nearly all kinds of lifestyle.

These properties are located in both urban and suburban communities that are near golf courses and are able to cater to the active adult lifestyle of most retirees. Their assets are situated in some of the finest markets in the country in 18 states. Not only is Lennar Corporation capable of producing high quality homes, they are also able to help every customer in the entire process of homebuying. Through their partnership with financial services entities, customers are provided assistance in every step of the way.  Some of the services they offer include title, mortgage, closing services and even high-speed internet service. The three financial services companies partnered with Lennar are the North American Title Company, Universal Mortgage Company and Lennar Communications Ventures.

The products and services of Lennar are marketed under two brand names: Lennar and Village Builders. To make it easier for prospect home buyers to locate their next house, Lennar Corporation offers a listing that allows consumers to do a search on their website.

Back in 2008, the business was once cited as the  country’s 2nd largest homebuilder. Lennar is part of the Fortune 500 companies and is a component of the S&P 500 and the Russell 1000 Index. Although the company got badly affected by the U.S. housing market crisis in 2007 and 2008, they were able to bounce back. One of the notable projects of Lennar is the Coto de Caza in California, which flourished into an affluent community.

September 19, 2014
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Howard Hughes Corporation: A Real Estate Development and Management Company

One of the largest real estate development and management companies headquartered in Dallas, Texas is Howard Hughes Corporation. The business is an operator and developer of master planned communities around the country.

Howard Hughes owns, manages and develops various properties that are residential, commercial and mixed-used in nature. Their properties and assets are situated in 16 states across the country and in Hawaii. The business categorizes their properties as development opportunities, operating properties, master planned communities and unique assets. Among their largest properties are The Woodlands and Summerlin. The company is the owner of the country’s original master planned communities, The Woodlands, which is present in Maryland, Columbia and in Texas.

To provide value to their investors, the business continues its efforts to create a diverse pipeline of opportunities. Their mid to long-term development plans include air rights and surface parking and those properties that are aging and are ripe for redevelopment.

September 16, 2014
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Juniper Networks: Supporting Businesses Through Strong Network Connections

Pradeep Sindhu started a network equipment business in 1996 and this company has grown to become a multi-billion business that is now known as Juniper Networks, Inc. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California this American manufacturer designs and sells high-performance products and services for the Internet Protocol.

The products and services of Juniper Networks are categorized into 6 offerings: router products, network operating system, Ethernet switch products, security products, emerging technologies and other products. They are best known for their routers MX-series, E-series, T-series, J-series and their EX-series Ethernet switches. They are also credited for Junos, a network operating system that supports the majority of their products. Their M40 router, which came out in the market in 1998 served as the benchmark for high-end routing, which until now is regarded as part of the important technology  showcase.

Capitalizing on their strong knowledge and expertise in networking, the company has wielded this strength to fortify human advancement and knowledge. They have etched their name in the international market as a creator of the best networking solutions in the world. Juniper has taken on the biggest and most complex problems in networking that most businesses have shied from. They have built a series of network solutions that would address even the most demanding applications and mission-critical transactions.

The client base of Juniper includes major banks, global financial services organizations, government agencies, several  federal organizations, the world’s largest stock exchanges and the world’s top 100 service providers (wireless and wireline, cable and satellite operators, cloud and data center providers and content and internet service providers). These entities run on the Juniper Networks to go about their daily operations.

Juniper promotes sustainability of businesses to remain competitive in the market and gain global positions in the future. The company is a notable component of the S&P 500  and the Russell 1000 Index.

September 12, 2014
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Freescale Semiconductor: A Global Semiconductor Company

It was in 1948 that Freescale Semiconductor has started its operations. Back then, the company was functioning as a division of Motorola. The business is considered as one of the first semiconductor companies in the world.

In 2004, the company was spun off as an independent business and has grown into a global business with operations in more than 19 countries. The business is focused on designing, manufacturing and marketing of embedded hardware and software. The products they create focus on Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and on the enablement of the Internet of Things (IoT). These semiconductors are crucial parts in the industrial, networking, consumer and automotive markets.

Part of the wide array of product portfolio of Freescale Semiconductor is their digital signal processors, digital signal controllers, microprocessors, microcontrollers and sensors. They also have power management ICs and RF power integrated circuits. They have over 6,100 patents under their product portfolio.

September 9, 2014
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Foot Locker: Catering to Your Athletic Needs

One of the multi-billion American retailers that have global operations is Foot Locker, Inc. Also known as Foot Locker Retail, Inc., the business is engaged in the marketing of various sportswear and footwear. The company was once known as the Venator Group, Inc. and operates in more than 30 countries round the world.

The business has its main office located in Manhattan, New York City. The current business is the successor of F. W. Woolworth Company and is best recognized for their uniforms that resemble those of referees. The company operates the brand names Kids Foot Locker, Footaction USA, CCS, Champs Sports, Eastbay/Footlocker.com and House of Hoops. Generating more than $5.6 billion in annualized revenue, the company operates more than 3,900 mall-based stores in the United States, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, Europe and in New Zealand.

As one of the leading retailers of athletic footwear and apparel, they carry the most revered brand names in the sports industry. Their offerings include footwear and gear for basketball, training and running. In addition to their stores in the mall, they are also able to market their products through the internet, catalog channels and their mobile application. The bulk of the revenue of the business is coming from their operations within the United States, which delivered more than $4.3 billion of their gross revenue during their 2013 fiscal year.

When in need of training, running or basketball gear, anyone will surely find the perfect fit in any of the stores operated by the company. They carry Nike products, Adidas, Puma, Reebok and other leading brand names. They are up to date with the latest  designs and even occasionally offer their products at deeply discounted costs. Through their online shops, consumers are able to ship items to different locations around the world. To further enhance their shopping experience, they also offer chat support and a toll free number for any concerns or issues.

September 5, 2014
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EOG Resources: An Oil and Gas Company

It is in the Heritage Plaza building in Houston, Texas that EOG Resources holds their main office. The company was formerly known as the Enron Oil and Gas. The business is publicly traded in the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EOG.

Listed as part of the Fortune 500 companies and the S&P 500, the business is listed as one  the largest oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. Producing crude oil and gas, the company has proven reserves not just in the United States, but also in Canada, China, Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States. As of December 2013, the company has reported reserves of more than 2,119 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe).

During their 2013 fiscal year, the company has generated more than $14.5 billion in revenue and production was at 186.2 MMBoe. To further enhance the quality of their drilling while staying cost-efficient, they advocate low-cost drilling, internally generated prospects versus acquiring other drilling projects.

September 2, 2014
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EchoStar: Global Provider of Satellite Services

In the telecommunications industry, EchoStar stands as one of the leading providers of satellite services. This global provider is also engaged in the development of hybrid video delivery technologies and in the designing and manufacturing of set-top boxes.

It was in 1980 that the business started as a distributor of C band TV systems. It was Charles Ergen who founded the business and he now sits as the chairman of the company. With more than 100 countries supported, EchoStar provides enterprises and government customers the fastest satellite broadband services through their subsidiary, Hughes. The set-top boxes created by the company are used to capture the Freeview broadcasts in Canada and in the United Kingdom. They are also the owner and operator of the fleet of satellites used by Dish Network. The latter was once part of the business until it was spun off in 2008 as an independent business.

The contributions of the business in the satellite industry and their set-top boxes have not gone unnoticed as they have received commendations from the Emmy’s. EchoStar remains at the forefront of innovating video technology and how consumers are influenced in the way they receive and manage  TV programs. Their broadband services (Hughes) also remain to be North America’s number 1 high-speed satellite internet provider.

EchoStar’s offerings include HughesNet, Slingbox products and their line EchoStar’s set-top box products. To retain its top spot in the telecommunications industry, the business partners with other businesses in ventures. These partnerships also ensure investors that the business is continually generating the coveted revenue, and the evolution it needs to adapt to market change.

As a reliable source of satellite connection, companies have patronized the services and products offered by the business. From retailers like Best Buy and Amazon to providers like Dish and Bell, EchoStar gives the world reliable connectivity.

August 29, 2014
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Chicago Board Options Exchange: World’s Barometer for Market Volatility

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is listed as the largest options exchange in the country. The business is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has an annual trading volume of more than 1 billion.

The business was established in 1973 and now offers options to over 2,200 companies, 140 exchanged-traded funds and 22 stock indices. Their contracts are all cleared by the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC). It competes against NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange and several other exchanges through its Reg NMS-compliant stock exchange called the CBOE Stock Exchange (CBSX). This program was launched in 2007 and trades on the CBOE Futures Exchange for volatility and variance contracts. Their options on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is now considered as the world’s barometer when it comes to market volatility.

Through product innovation, investor educatio0n and trading technology, CBOE continues to set the benchmark when it comes to options trading. Their website CBOE.com is heralded as the “best of the web” when it comes to options information and education.

August 26, 2014
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Coca-Cola Enterprises: World’s Leading Beverage Maker

One of the largest beverage makers and known thirst quenchers in the world is Coca-Cola Enterprises. The business is the maker of well known beverages like Coca-cola, Sprite, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Fanta, Schweppes, Monster and Ocean Spray.

Although bearing the same name as The Coca-Cola Company, the business is an independent venture and is focused on beverages. The growth of the company is mainly attributed to its strategic acquisition of the businesses within The Coca-Cola Company. It started buying off bottling ventures in 1980 and started with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York. Two years later, it again purchased another bottling venture, the Associated Coca-Cola Bottling Company. It was in 1986 that the business was spun off, although it gets to retain its name and the Coca-Cola trademark.

As a leader in the beverage industry, the business is listed as the anchor bottler for Western Europe. Prior to the division of Coca-Cola’s operations into anchor bottlers, the company was also in charge of manufacturing and bottling operations in North America. This division of the business was sold to The Coca-Cola Company in 2010. Today, Coca-Cola Enterprises is the exclusive bottler of Coca-Cola products in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway and in Sweden. The production facilities of the company are located in various parts of the world.

Leading in the industry of beverages, the business generates more than $7.6 billion in annualized revenue. The business competes closely with Pepsi and in several countries, remain to be the preferred beverage of choice. There are more than 13,200 employees around the world who are working for the business. Its main office is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The company is publicly held on the New York Stock Exchange.

Despite the change in market trends and consumer demands vary, there will always be a fan of the company in every corner of the world.