What do Tesla Motors (TSLA), Microsoft (MSFT), Boeing (BA) and Best Buy (BBY) have in common? They're all contenders for "Company of the Year" -- a prestigious award determined by you, the Yahoo! Finance reader. The winner won't be announced until the end of the year, but here's a brief mid-term guide to who's leading the pack -- we're referring to the top picks as "All-Stars," in light of tonight's Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.
Here's how the players (i.e. companies) stack up in the voting as of July 15:
- Tesla -- 40%
- Boeing -- 19%
- Microsoft -- 10%
- Kroger (KR) -- 7%
- LinkedIn (LNKD) -- 7%
- Best Buy -- 6%
- Western Digital (WDC) -- 4%
- MetLife (MET) -- 4%
Yahoo! Finance will be accepting votes and write-in candidates until December so don't forget to partake in this highly competitive and esteemed honor. Before you submit your ideal "Company of the Year," remember this criteria: the company should have increased its dividend payout since Jan. 1; grew profits and revenue from the prior year; raised earnings or sales forecasts; has donated to charitable organizations or established charitable foundations.
Watch the video above to see what companies Yahoo! Finance's Aaron Task and Rick Newman choose as "Company of the Year."
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