March 31, 2010
Today Apple become the third largest US company in market capitalization, after Exxon Mobil and Microsoft, surpassing WalMart. Much of this is due to hype about the iPad, as well as mention today that a new iPhone will be coming out soon on Verizon’s network.
A year ago, Apple had the 14th largest US Market Cap at $94 billion. Today Apple is 3rd, with $214 billion.
Here is a list of the 50 largest American companies by market capitalization.
Here is a list of the 50 largest companies on March 31st, 2009.
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.