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American Titans

They define their sectors.

They drive innovation.

They power the economy.

And they span the spectrum from manufacturing to technology, retail to restaurants. Our in-depth analysis puts these business giants under the microscope: What are the challenges facing these companies and what are the opportunities for investors?

Searching for More

  • Google at a Crossroads Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 2:57 PM ET
    Google Search

    For the first time in Google's  short, but colorful and profitable history, the company may be faced with more challenges than opportunities; no where is that concern reflected more clearly than in the company's stock price.

  • American Titans: Google By the Numbers Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 4:27 PM ET

    As part of our "American Titans" special series, CNBC.com is taking an in-depth look at Google. It is synonymous with search. It is both a noun and a verb. And, it has revolutionized the Internet.

  • Google Inc Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 9:50 AM ET
  • QUIZ: Google Inc. Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 1:14 PM ET

    Google runs over one million servers and processes one billion searches a day. How much do you know about the most successful search engine in the world?

Beyond Burgers

  • Next 'Big Thing' on McDonald's Menu? Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 3:29 PM ET
    McDonald's

    McDonald's is testing oatmeal in about 600 stores in the Northeast. If the test goes well, the company  may roll out oatmeal to more than 13,000 restaurants nationwide.

  • American Titans: McDonald's By the Numbers Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 4:04 PM ET

    As part of our "American Titans" special series, CNBC.com is taking an in-depth look at McDonald's. Investors have developed quite an appetite for McDonald's. The market cap value of the company has increased more than $31 billion since the year 2000, or about 70%.

  • McDonald's Corp Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 2:53 PM ET
  • QUIZ: McDonald's Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 2:56 PM ET

    How much do you know about the most successful fast food company of all time? Take our McDonald's quiz.

Flying High

  • Boeing Seeks New Heights in 2010 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 3:42 PM ET
    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands after its long-waited first flight.

    After years of planning, waiting, and yes, delaying some of the most important programs in its history, 2010 is the year when Boeing will see if it can finally deliver.

  • American Titans: Boeing By the Numbers Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 5:09 PM ET

    As part of our "American Titans" project, CNBC.com is taking an in-depth look at Boeing. The company was founded in 1916 by William E. Boeing and has grown into the biggest aircraft manufacturer and one of the largest aerospace and defense contractors in the world.

  • Boeing Co Sunday, 18 Mar 2012 | 8:30 PM ET
  • Boeing: How Much Do You Know? Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 3:04 PM ET

    How much do you know about Boeing? Take our quiz and find out.

Gadgets Galore

  • Apple's 'Disruptive' Strategy Targets New Rivals Monday, 10 May 2010 | 4:09 PM ET
    iPad

    As Apple continues its foray into the mobile computing market with the introduction of the iPad, it has an even greater opportunity to redefine computing.

  • American Titans: Apple By the Numbers Monday, 10 May 2010 | 5:07 PM ET

    In our special series "American Titans," CNBC.com is taking an in-depth look at Apple. Led by legendary CEO Steve Jobs, the company's market cap value has gone from $4.8 billion in 2000 to $231 billion today. 

  • Apple Inc Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 3:13 PM ET
  • QUIZ: Apple Inc. Monday, 10 May 2010 | 3:36 PM ET

    How much do you know about one of the most profitable technological titans in the world? Take our Apple quiz and find out.

Drilling Deeper

  • Coast Guard Attempts Burning Off Oil Leaking From Sunken Rig

    ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson says President Obama made the right call in putting a moratorium on new Gulf of Mexico oil leasing in the wake of the BP disaster.

  • American Titans: ExxonMobil By the Numbers Monday, 10 May 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    As part of CNBC's "American Titans" series, CNBC.com is taking an in-depth look at ExxonMobil.

  • Exxon Mobil Corp Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 10:06 AM ET
  • QUIZ: ExxonMobil Friday, 7 May 2010 | 2:15 PM ET
    It's amazing that the shoe and apparel company with the most memorable Super Bowl spot, isn't Nike. It's Reebok, which was smart enough to pick up on this office linebacker short and turn it into  it  own.  I love when Terry says, "Hi, Janice!"

    With 38 oil refineries in more than 20 countries and a daily capacity of over 6 million barrels, ExxonMobil is one of the largest public companies in the world. How much do you know about it?

Poll

  • Have You Ever Googled Yourself? Friday, 14 May 2010 | 8:18 AM ET

    Google has a lot of complicated issues on its plate these days. From the spat in China to a stock price $200 below the all-time high. But we already know all of that, so this morning's poll gets at something a bit simpler: Have you ever Googled yourself? Share your answer in our poll.

Featured Slideshows

  • Inside the Mind of Google Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 5:57 PM ET
    In less than a decade, Google became one of most powerful technology companies in the world.  The creation of the Google Internet search engine has changedthe way we interact with information, the Internet, and each other. Google's creative business sense, innovation and work culture allow them to dominate the search industry and make it a lucrative business.  Click ahead to look Inside the Mind of Google!

    Google's creative business sense, innovation and work culture allows it to dominate the search industry and make it a lucrative business. Click ahead to look Inside the Mind of Google!

  • North America's Best Major Airports 2010 Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 | 3:41 PM ET
    Despite advances in air travel over the past decade, passenger satisfaction with airports has lagged behind the rest of the travel industry, according to , who recently ranked satisfaction in North American Airports.In its 2010 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, airports were ranked on a variety of criteria, including airport accessibility, check in/baggage check process, facilities, security checkpoints and food and retail services. Airports were also separated into three categories by s

    So, which major airports score the best in J.D. Power and Associates' 2010 North America Airport Satisfaction Study? Click to find out!

  • 12 Biggest iPad Competitors Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010 | 9:18 AM ET
    Apple's iPad caused a major stir in the tech community after its unveiling in February, but this year has been an exciting one for companies entering into the market for tablet computers. The International CTIA Wireless convention in Las Vegas will highlight the most important pieces of the wideless tech world, not the least of which is the next wave of tablet computers. The iPad is a popular favorite due to its high-profile release and loyal Apple following, but what other companies are making

    What other companies are making headway into the tablet computer market space with products of their own? Find out!

  • The World's Biggest Oil Reserves Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
    Heat rises from stacks at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California.

    With the most recent data from the Energy Information Administration and the CIA World Factbook, here are the countries with the biggest proven oil reserves.

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