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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (Chipotle), together with its subsidiaries, operates Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. The Company's Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants serve a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads. As of December 31, 2016, the Company managed its operations and restaurants based on 11 regions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 2,198 Chipotle restaurants throughout the United States, as well as 29 international Chipotle restaurants, and it also had 23 restaurants in operation in other non-Chipotle concepts. As of December 31, 2016, 29 of its restaurants were located outside of the United States, with 17 in Canada, six in the United Kingdom, five in France and one in Frankfurt, Germany. The Company sells gift cards, which do not have an expiration date. The Company categorizes its restaurants as end-caps (at the end of a line of retail outlets), in-lines (in a line of retail outlets), free-standing or other.

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By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch

The companies, including AMD, NextEra Energy and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, improved their pricing power as sales grew rapidly

The biggest U.S. technology companies are so dominant, it's likely you have a relatively large amount of money invested in them because they are heavily weighted in index funds and ETFs.

That's why it's important to regularly review them, even if you don't own individual shares.

Halfway through earnings season, there are a number of other companies doing something that most of the tech giants have been doing: Maintaining pricing power for their goods and services, even as they increase sales rapidly.

The FAANGs and Microsoft

You're probably familiar, or over-familiar, with the FAANG group of tech companies. These are Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Alphabet (GOOGL) (GOOGL), which is Google's holding company. But that group doesn't include Microsoft (MSFT), which certainly should be included in a list of rapidly growing tech giants.

So here's a list of the largest four publicly traded U.S. companies by market capitalization, followed by Facebook and Netflix, with sales growth and gross-margin comparisons:

Company Ticker Market cap ($ billions) Sales growth - most recent quarter from year-earlier quarter Gross margin - most recent quarter Gross margin - year-earlier quarter

Apple Inc. US:AAPL $1,351 8.7% 38.10% 37.59%

Microsoft Corp. US:MSFT $1,326 14.0% 66.51% 61.64%

Alphabet Inc. Class A US:GOOGL $1,059 17.7% 54.38% 54.23% Inc. US:AMZN $998 20.8% 38.27% 38.13%

Facebook Inc. Class A US:FB $491 24.6% 83.44% 83.47%

Netflix Inc. US:NFLX $157 30.6% 36.61% 34.71%

Source: FactSet

You can click on the tickers for more about each company.

These numbers are all for quarters ended Dec. 31. The combined market capitalization for the group is $5.38 trillion, or 20% of the valuation of the entire S&P 500 .

A company's gross margin is its sales, less the cost of goods sold, divided by sales. It's a measure of pricing power.

If a company's gross margins have been narrowing, it could indicate that discounting is necessary to defend market share. It may also be a temporary phenomenon, as a company tries to take share from rivals.

It's always good to see the gross margin widening while sales are increasing, while a prolonged narrowing of the margin could indicate big trouble, especially if sales aren't growing significantly. (Gross margin numbers aren't available for most financial companies, including banks and insurers.)

All these tech giants except for Apple showed double-digit sales growth, although Apple's sales increase was quite an improvement from previous quarters (, as the iPhone maker worked through the difficulties caused by the trade rift between the U.S. and China. Meanwhile, Apple's gross margin improved.

Netflix was the sales-growth winner, and it's instructive to see how much higher Facebook's gross margin is than the others.

Other companies follow suit

Through Feb. 3, 54% of S&P 500 companies had reported results for fiscal quarters ended Oct. 25 or later.

Leaving aside the tech giants listed above, here are 23 companies among the S&P 500 that have reported sales increases of at least 10% this earnings season, while also expanding their gross margins. The list is sorted by sales growth:

Company Ticker Market cap ($ billions) Sales growth - most recent quarter from year-earlier quarter Gross margin - most recent quarter Gross margin - year-earlier quarter

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. US:VRTX $60 63.6% 86.91% 85.84%

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. US:ARE $20 62.7% 53.21% 36.96%

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. US:AMD $53 49.9% 44.62% 37.84%

Invesco Ltd. US:IVZ $8 48.8% 69.70% 65.12%

ServiceNow Inc. US:NOW $65 33.0% 77.78% 76.50%

Autodesk Inc. US:ADSK $44 26.3% 89.40% 88.47%

Electronic Arts Inc. US:EA $31 24.8% 67.80% 67.16%

Hess Corp. US:HES $17 24.6% 8.67% -5.26%

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. US:ALXN $22 23.7% 91.74% 84.20%

Intuitive Surgical Inc. US:ISRG $65 22.1% 70.13% 70.06%

Align Technology Inc. US:ALGN $20 21.7% 72.63% 72.52%

BlackRock Inc. US:BLK $82 21.6% 83.32% 79.21%

Copart Inc. US:CPRT $23 20.2% 44.85% 41.45%

Conagra Brands Inc. US:CAG $16 18.3% 28.54% 28.31%

NextEra Energy Inc. US:NEE $130 17.8% 33.30% 25.37%

Biogen Inc. US:BIIB $49 16.6% 87.82% 82.03%

PayPal Holdings Inc. US:PYPL $137 16.4% 44.93% 40.20%

D.R. Horton Inc. US:DHI $22 14.3% 23.29% 21.82%

ResMed Inc. US:RMD $24 13.1% 56.86% 56.50%

T. Rowe Price Group US:TROW $32 12.5% 86.10% 82.40%

MSCI Inc. Class A US:MSCI $25 12.4% 77.64% 74.09%

Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. US:LW $13 11.8% 27.97% 27.32%

Idexx Laboratories Inc. US:IDXX $24 10.2% 54.70% 54.41%

No small set of figures can tell you the real story about any company's recent success. So if there are any that interest you as individual investments, you had better do plenty of homework to understand why sales increased so significantly.

Then you need to form your own opinion as to whether the company's business strategy will allow it to remain very competitive for at least the next decade.

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