SAP AG (SAP) of Germany dominates the world market for enterprise resource planning software, although it faces increasing competition, which could slow growth. The company's shares have a three-year average annual return of 22% and a market value of $70 billion.
But the $70 billion company is not sitting still. On Monday, SAP said it plans to acquire SuccessFactors, a U.S. company that provides software that helps businesses manage employees and carry out performance reviews, for $3.4 billion.
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), with a market value of $222 billion, is one of the world's largest integrated oil companies, with exploration, production and refining operations worldwide. Its challenge is competing with the handful of other "super majors" for the remaining oil resources worldwide. Royal Dutch Shell's shares have a three-year average annual return of 16% and they carry a 4.83% projected dividend yield.
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