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The AdMarket added 1,400 U.S. jobs in August, reversing a small loss in July. Nine sectors grew; five (market research, media agencies/media reps, newspapers, cable TV, radio) fell. August employment at public relations agencies hit a three-year high (46,700).

AdMarket 50

Focus on: Altria Group (MO)

Altria Group reached an all-time high of $75.60 Oct. 17 after the Supreme Court let stand a court decision to keep the U.S. government from laying claim to $280 billion in tobacco industry profits. This could hasten an Altria breakup into separate tobacco and food companies; it owns Philip Morris and 86% of Kraft. Altria last year broached a breakup, contingent on favorable rulings in the U.S. case and class actions in Florida and Illinois; rulings on the latter two are pending.

Price $72.97

52-week high/low $75.60/$45.88

Projected P/E1 14.3

Market cap $151.4 B

Enterprise value2 $167.9 B

Revenue3 $64.0 B

Net income3 $9.4 B

1. Currrent price/estimated '05 earnings per share. 2. Market cap plus debt minus cash. 3. 2004

Source: Bloomberg, company reports, Ad Age analysis

Last week's score

The AdMarket 50 hit an '05 low Oct. 21 . But Google hit an all-time high; its $99.5 billion market cap makes it the world's most valued media company.

AdMarket 50 1,416.17 -0.7%

DJ Wilshire 5000 11,792.57 -0.4%

Advertising Age and Bloomberg's AdMarket 50 tracks 50 top marketer, media and agency companies. Bloomberg symbol: BAAX

Winners Oct. 21 Change

Google $339.90 14.8%

Catalina Marketing Corp. $24.35 6.4%

Yahoo $35.29 5.3%

Sears Holdings $121.74 5.3%

Digitas $10.89 5.0%

Losers Oct. 21 Change

Primedia $3.01 -19.7%

Pfizer $21.25 -12.6%

Dow Jones & Co. $33.24 -7.9%

Interpublic Group $10.34 -6.9%

Knight Ridder $52.58 -6.4%

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