Table: High Yield, High Return

These companies returned piles of cash to shareholders through buybacks and dividends

COMPANY CASH PAYOUTS 12-MONTH AS PERCENT OF PRICE MARKET CAP* CHANGE**

SIGMA-ALDRICH 19.2% 42.7% BURLINGTON NORTHERN 13.1 30.8 WHIRLPOOL 12.7 10.9 DILLARD'S 12.4 8.6 MAY DEPARTMENT STORES 10.4 8.8 KB HOME 9.2 46.2 KNIGHT RIDDER 9.0 2.4 NUCOR 8.2 31.6 FORTUNE BRANDS 7.7 29.4 BALL 7.6 58.0

* One year of dividends and repurchases as percent of market capitalization

** Through May 2001

Data: Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., BusinessWeek

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