02/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Most Admired Companies" Mostly Underperformed Market

At the top of the list is Apple (AAPL) which deserves some recognition for rebuilding itself with what many people believe is the best line of personal computers, multimedia players, and cellular handsets in the world. Unfortunately, Apple's shares are down more than 50% in the last year. Many analysts think sales of its premium-priced products will falter in a recession.

The No.2 firm is Berkshire Hathaway (BRK), Warren Buffet's company. By most accounts, Buffet has had one of his worst years as a portfolio manager. Berkshire shares are only off by about the same amount as the DJ IA over the last twelve months, but that does not comfort Buffet's multitude of admirers.