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2. AECOM Technology (ACM) is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in approximately 125 countries.

For fiscal 2011, AECOM reported an 22.8% increase in revenue to $8.0 billion. Gross profit for the year stood at $466.7 million, up 8.5%. Net income rose 16.42% to $275.8 million.

Pacific Contingency Services LLC (PCS), a joint venture between AECOM and Shaw Group, was among the six companies awarded the Global Contingency Services contract worth $900 million last month. Furthermore, its wholly owned subsidiary, AECOM Asia Company Limited, has been awarded a consultancy contract of US$148 million, by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's Highways Department.

Of the 15 analysts covering the stock, 73% recommend buying and the rest suggest a hold. The stock's average 12-month price target is $28.50, about 34.2% higher than the current price, a Bloomberg consensus shows.

Stock quotes in this article: VMED, ACM, PCLN, MELI, SIRI 

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