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Equity Compensation Trends, an Equilar publication, examines equity compensation design and granting practices of Equilar 500 companies, and tracks this data for those companies over the last five fiscal years. The Equilar 500 tracks the 500 largest, by reported revenue, U.S.-headquartered companies trading on one of the major U.S. stock exchanges (NYSE, Nasdaq or NYSE MKT (formerly AMEX)), adjusted to approximate the industry sector mix of similar large-cap indices. The report identifies trends in how companies award and design equity compensation to their management teams and employees, including the use of options and restricted stock, how often companies grant performance-based awards, and more. E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc. offers independent commentary regarding how companies structure equity pay.