FORTUNE -- You wouldn't know it from the relentlessly skeptical commentary on CNBC, the Pulitzer-prize-winning series in the New York Times, or the measly 12 times earnings Wall Street pays for its stock, but Apple (AAPL) is widely respected by people in the business.
"Apple is undoubtedly a victim of its own success," Adam Lashinsky wrote last year when Apple -- its share price still in free fall -- topped Fortune's annual "most admired" list for the sixth year in a row.
Now, with the stock only partially recovered from its 2012-2013 losses, Apple has done it again. For the seventh straight year, it has been named by a jury of its peers the World's Most Admired Company.
Among the other tech companies in Fortune's top-50 "all star" list:
The full list of most-admired companies and a description of the methodology used to choose them are available here and in the issue of Fortune that comes out today.
Only one small business can emerge the victor from Fortune's fifth-annual contest.
By JP Mangalindan and Kurt Wagner
FORTUNE -- Five innovative startups showed up in Aspen, Colorado; one walked away victorious. Brainstorm Tech Startup Idol, the annual competition held during Fortune's technology conference, promises the winners a swanky office set-up worth thousands, courtesy of Herman Miller, makers of the iconic Aeron office chair. Meet the contestants, and find out which startup took home MOREJul 23, 2013 11:18 AM ET
Chosen by peers who know, better than Wall Street, that what Apple does is not easy
FORTUNE -- There's an elegiac tone to Adam ("Inside Apple") Lashinsky's essay in the issue of Fortune that names Apple (AAPL) the world's most admired company (as selected by its corporate peers) for the sixth year in a row.
"For some," Lashinsky writes, "the news will come as a surprise. Headlines of late have tended to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 28, 2013 5:38 PM ET
A cult figure among day traders issues a rare "buy" recommendation
FORTUNE -- With Apple (AAPL) trading just over $530 a share -- under 13 times last year's earnings and 10.56 times his estimated October earnings -- Bullish Cross' Andy Zaky on Thursday told his readers to buy:
"Those who have been waiting for a correction in Apple to buy the stock now have that opportunity to do so. On a technical MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 18, 2012 7:25 AM ET
Andy Zaky has a plan
FORTUNE -- Most Apple (AAPL) analysts will offer estimates that look a few quarters or even a year in advance.
Andy Zaky is not like most analysts.
For one thing, his estimates over the past four years have been considerably more accurate than your average Wall Street analyst (see, for example, here).
For another, he's not afraid to stick his neck out -- way out -- both in his MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 9, 2012 6:50 AM ET
From Jobs to Sculley to Spindler to Amelio to Jobs (again) and Cook
FORTUNE -- It's been seven months since Fabio Zambelli retired SetteB.IT, the Italian-language blog with which he'd been covering Apple (AAPL) for more than five years. But he's still tracking the company's progress. When Fortune released its annual listing of America's 500 largest companies over the weekend -- a list that showed Apple rising from 35 in 2011 to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 7, 2012 10:11 AM ET
The reporter who knew Jobs best discovers a trove of forgotten interviews
Rummaging through a storage shed after Steve Jobs' death, Brent Schlender came across a few dozen interview tapes he had made during 25 years of covering Apple's co-founder for the Wall Street Journal and Fortune. Some were as long as three hours. Some had never been transcribed.
Schlender drew heavily on those recordings to produce Fast Company's May cover story MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 18, 2012 5:52 AM ET
He tops a list that includes Gates, Bezos, Page, Brin, Schultz and Zuckerberg
"Though he could be abusive and mean-spirited to people who threw themselves into their work on his behalf, Steve Jobs has been our generation's quintessential entrepreneur. Visionary. Inspiring. Brilliant. Mercurial."
So writes Fortune's John Byrne in the entry that named Apple's (AAPL) Steve Jobs the "greatest entrepreneur of our time," ahead of the founders of Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 25, 2012 8:00 PM ET
If you're in L.A. Thursday or Friday, join us at the Apple Investors Summit
We'll be speaking, along with Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson, Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak, Fortune's Adam Lashinsky, Asymco's Horace Dediu, Bullish Cross's Andy Zaky, Posts at Eventide's Robert Paul Leitau, AAPLPain's Travis Lewis, The Street's Jason Schwarz and many more.
To register, click here.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 14, 2012 5:07 AM ET
The senior VP's chief weakness, writes Fortune's Adam Lashinsky, is his naked ambition
He's young (43). Comfortable on stage (played Sweeney Todd in high school). Has serious nerd credentials (Stanford, NeXT). Shares Steve Jobs' obsession with detail (keeps a jeweler's loupe in his office to check every pixel on every icon). And the division he heads -- mobile software -- drives nearly 70% of Apple's (AAPL) income.
"He's a sharp, down-to-earth, and talented MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 17, 2012 5:29 AM ET
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