Stock Trek: 7 Companies that Behave Like 'Star Trek' Aliens

Star Trek Into Darkness movie still
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"Star Trek Into Darkness," the second installment in J.J. Abrams' reimagining of the Viacom (VIA) sci-fi franchise that dates back to 1966, opens in 336 domestic IMAX (IMAX) theaters Wednesday and then nationwide on Friday. Overseas, the film is already a hit, having earned $31.7 million in seven international markets last weekend.

Rumors abound for what fans can expect to see in "Darkness," chief among them that it's an updated spin on the 1982 classic "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch cast as the villain.

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I'm not entirely sure what to think, but as a longtime Trekkie you can count me among the many itching to see the film. More than 78,000 commenters at Rotten Tomatoes say they are too, while 88 percent of critics surveyed rate the sequel "fresh."

What Stock would Spock be?

The beauty of "Star Trek" is found in the richness of the universe developed and enhanced over nearly five decades, six TV series, and 12 films that have spawned fan-authored books and games. The closest thing we have on Earth to the vast "Trek" universe is the turbulent sea of thousands of equities traded on our stock exchanges.

With that as our backdrop, let's have a little fun. Here are seven stocks that resemble the popular races of "Star Trek":


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