Market Capitalization

April 27, 2009

So which US companies are worth the most?

Exxon Mobil (XOM) has held the title for a long time. As of today’s stock market close, Exxon Mobil is worth $326 billion. At a distant second place is WalMart (WMT) at $190 billion, followed by Microsoft (MSFT) at $181 billion. Then we drop to $149 billion for AT&T (T) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) rounds out the top 5 at $146 billion.

The list doesn’t change very much. For example, at the end of October, 2008, near the beginning of the recent crash, four of the top five remained the same. Exxon Mobil was first, followed by WalMart, Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble. GE was 5th, and AT&T was 7th. GE has dropped due to its exposure to the banking industry. GE is now 9th.

Here’s a daily-updated list of the Market Capitalization of the top 50 US companies.


Gary Sheffield’s 500th Home Run

April 21, 2009

Gary Sheffield just hit his 500th career Home Run. He holds the 25th place among career home run hitters.

Barry Bonds is first with 762, followed by Hank Aaron at 755 and Babe Ruth at 714. Willie Mays is 4th with 660, and Ken Griffey is 5th with 613.

Here’s a link to the career home run leaders and here are more baseball records.

Longest-Serving Senators

April 17, 2009

I read frequently that Ted Stevens had been the longest continuously serving Republican Senator in history. So for now, who is the oldest and longest running of each party?

Stevens served from 12/24/68 to 1/3/09, for a total of just over 40 years.

At this point, there are three Democratic Senators that have served longer than that. Robert Byrd of West Virginia has served longest, since 1959. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts has served since 1962 and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii has served since 1963. The longest-serving Republican Senator currently in office is Dick Lugar from Indiana, who has served since 1977.

The oldest Senator is Robert Byrd, born in 1917, over 90 years old. The oldest Republican is the fifth oldest Senator. That’s Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, born in 1930.

Here’s a link to more information about the current Senate. And here’s a link for other useful lists on a variety of topics.