6. American International Group ( AIG) is one of the largest insurance and financial-services firms in the world. It operates through a wide range of subsidiaries that provide general insurance, life insurance, lending and other financial services. The company is on the comeback trail after its near collapse in the 2007-09 financial crisis. It was bailed out by the government. Since then, it has sold off various units to raise cash and it was reported this week that its planned sale of Nan Shan Life, its Taiwanese life-insurance unit, is attracting bids of up to $3 billion. And this week AIG, said it now has $4.3 billion in bank credit lines in a deal struck with 30 lenders. Outlook: AIG is slowly recovering from its near failure. Its rise of 91% this year includes a 38% gain over the past month. Shares are up about 10% in the past week because of the expectation that it now has a clear plan to extricate itself from its past problems and pay back the government. Respected Fairholme Fund ( FAIRX) manager Bruce Berkowitz has a big bet on AIG, making it 7% of his fund's assets. Others are less optimistic about AIG's prospects. Analysts project five-year earnings growth of 9% versus 10.8% for the S&P500. It garners three "hold" and two "sell" ratings from analysts, according to FactSet.