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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Current Price $474.98

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 37,490 42,900 65,220 108,250 156,510
Diluted EPS ($) 6.78 9.08 15.15 27.68 44.15

These are impressive numbers from Apple, with solid growth on the topline and EPS year over year.

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 46,330 39,190 35,020 35,970 54,510
Diluted EPS ($) 13.87 12.30 9.32 8.66 13.81

Although EPS fell every quarter until September 2012, it definitely bounced back in the latest quarter. Apple certainly makes the list…

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