Top 20 Large Companies in World listed in US Stock Exchange – Part 2

This is the second installment of Top 20 Large Companies listed in US Stock Exchange. You can check my first part at the following link Part 1. The following is the list of Top 20 Large Companies in world listed in US Stock Exchange. Two sectors come up top in term of capitalization such as Technology & Basic Materials. Technology & Basic Materials sectors have 6 companies at this top 20 list.

1. Exxon Mobil Corporation , XOM, Basic Materials

2. Apple Inc, AAPL, Technology

3. Microsoft Corporation, MSFT, Technology

4. PetroChina Co. Ltd., PTR, Basic Materials

5. China Mobile Limited, CHL, Technology

6.BHP Biliton LTD, BHP, Basic Materials

7.Berkshire Hathaway Inc, BRK-A, Financial

8.Wal-Mart Stores Inc., WMT, Services

9.HSBC Holdings plc., HBC, Financial

10.Procter & Gamble Co., PG, Consumer Goods

11. General Electric Co., GE, Conglomerates

12. Royal Dutch Shell plc., RDS-B, Basic Materials

13. International Business Machines Corp, IBM, Technology

14. Johnson & Johnson, JNJ, Healthcare

15. JPMorgan Chase & Co., JPM, Financial

16. Petroleo Brasileiro, PBR, Basic Materials

17. Google Inc., GOOG, Technology

18. AT&T Inc., ATT, Technology

19. Chevron Corp., CVX, Basic Materials

20. Wells Fargo & Company, WFC, Financial


The following will provide top 6 to 10 of the large companies.

Companies List

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No  
Company  
Ticker  
Sector  
Market Cap  
Employees  
Country  
1
Exxon Mobil Corporation
XOM
Basic Materials
316 Billion
102,700
USA
2
Apple Inc
AAPL
Techonology
238 Billion
34,300
USA
3
Microsoft Corp
MSFT
Techonology
221 Billion
89,000
USA
4
PetroChina Co Ltd
PTR
Basic Materials
214 Billion
539,000
China
5
China Mobile Ltd
CHL
Techonology
213 Billion
145,000
China
6
BHP Biliton Ltd
BHP
Basic Materials
210 Billion
99,000
Australia
7
Berkshire Hathaway Inc
BRK-A
Financial
199 Billion
222,000
USA
8
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
WMT
Services
192 Billion
2,100,000
USA
9
HSBC Holding plc
HBC
Financial
186 Billion
287,000
UK
10
Procter & Gamble Co
PG
Consumer Goods
181 Billion
127,000
USA
11
General Electric Co
GE
Conglomerates
176 Billion
300,000
USA
12
Royal Dutch Sheell plc
RDS-B
Basic Materials
171 Billion
101,000
Netherlands
13
International Business Machines
IBM
Techonology
168 Billion
399,000
USA
14
Johnson & Johnson
JNJ
Healthcare
165 Billion
114,000
USA
15
JPMorgan Chase & Co
JPM
Financial
161 Billion
232,000
USA
16
Petroleo Brasileiro
PBR
Basic Materials
160 Billion
76,900
Brazil
17
Google Inc
GOOG
Techonology
159 Billion
21,800
USA
18
AT&T Inc
T
Techonology
157 Billion
272,400
USA
19
Chevron Corp
CVX
Basic Materials
156 Billion
64,000
USA
20
Wells Fargo & Co
WFC
Financial
148 Billion
267,000
USA
BHP Billiton logo
BHP Billiton logo

BHP Biliton LTD – BHP / BBL

BHP Billiton Ltd, founded in 1885, and headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, was created through the DLC merger of BHP Limited and Billiton Plc, in June 2001. The BHP Biliton, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified natural resources / materials firm. The company engages in producing alumina and aluminum, copper, coal, iron ore, nickel, manganese, metallurgical coal, oil and gas, and uranium, as well as gold, zinc, lead, silver, and diamonds. The firm operates across customer sector groups (CSGs) that include petroleum, aluminum, base metals, diamonds and specialty products, stainless steel materials, iron ore, manganese, metallurgical coal, as well as energy coal. BHP’s performance reflects the fact that it is a large-cap growth stock in the Asian region.

BRK logo
BRK logo

Berkshire Hathaway Inc, BRK-A / BRK-B

Berkshire Hathaway is a publicly owned investment management company, whose subsidiaries are involved in property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, as well as a range of other businesses. The current CEO/Chairman is Warren Buffett. The company, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska, conducts operations through numerous domestic and foreign-based insurance entities which offer insurance and reinsurance for businesses reinsurance, property and casualty, life, accident, health, and financial guaranties for municipal bond issues. It also invests in the public equity markets of the United States and Canada. Berkshire’s other holdings are involved in sectors such as utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing, and services. Berkshire CL A’s performance reflects the fact that it is a large-cap blend stock in the property & casualty industry. Recently, Berkshire Hathaway acquired Burlington Northern, one of train Transportation Company on 2010.

Some of Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries are:

  • Geico - Insurance
  • MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company - Utility
  • Fruit of the Loom - Apparel
  • NetJets – flight services
  • See’s Candies – Retail
  • Burlington Northern – Transportation

Walmart logo
Walmart logo

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. – WMT

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) operates retail stores throughout the world. The company was founded as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on 1969. It headquartered at Bentonville, Arkansas, USA. The Company operates in three business segments: Walmart U.S., International and Sam's Club. During the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010 (fiscal 2010), The Walmart U.S. segment accounted for 63.8% of its net sales, and operated retail stores in different formats in the United States, as well as Walmart's online retail operations, walmart.com. The International segment consists of retail operations in 14 countries and Puerto Rico. The International segment includes different formats of retail stores and restaurants, including discount stores, supercenters and Sam's Clubs that operate outside the United States. The Sam's Club segment consists of membership warehouse clubs in the United States and the segment's online retail operations, samsclub.com. Wal-Mart’s performance reflects the fact that it is a large-cap blend stock in the retail stores industry. Wal-Mart competes for market share with other mass marketers like Target and Sears, as well as department stores including JC Penney, specialty retail outlets, and warehouse chains such as Costco, deep-discount stores, and pharmacies.

Various Wal-Mart brands in different part of the world are Walmex (Mexico), Asda (United Kingdom), Seiyu (Japan), and Best Price (India). 

HSBC logo
HSBC logo

HSBC Holdings plc., HBC

HSBC Holdings plc, headquartered in London, is one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. Previously, HSBC is known as The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The HSBC Banking firm has operations in Europe, Hong Kong, and other parts of the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and South America. The lender provides current and savings accounts, mortgages and personal loans, credit cards, local and international payment services, insurance, and pensions. Additionally, it offers derivatives, exchange traded futures, as well as equity and advisory services, investment services, and global wealth solutions. Its international network comprises about 9,500 offices in 86 countries. HSBC’s performance reflects the fact that it is a large-cap blend stock in the European region.

P&G logo
P&G logo

Procter & Gamble Co., PG

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is focused on providing branded consumer packaged goods. The Company's products are sold in over 180 countries worldwide primarily through mass merchandisers, grocery stores, membership club stores, drug stores and in high-frequency stores, the neighborhood stores, which serve consumers in developing markets. As of June 30, 2009, the Company was organized into three Global Business Units: Beauty; Health and Well-Being, and Household Care. The Company had six business segments under United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP): Beauty; Grooming; Health Care; Snacks and Pet Care; Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care.

The following is the list of several well known brands sell by Procter & Gamble:

Beauty and grooming

  • Razors: Gillette, Braun
  • Shampoo: Head & Shoulders

Health and Well Being

  • Toothpaste: Crest
  • Toothbrush: Oral B

Household Care

  • Detergent: Dawn, Tide
  • Tissue: Bounty, Charmin

How to Invest in these companies

Most of these companies are listed in NYSE or Nasdaq. To invest in these companies, you can buy the common shares by using brokerages such as:

  • Zecco – 10 free trades if account balance is more than $25,000 or if you trade more than 10 trades per month. Otherwise, the commission is $4.50 per trade.
  • Charles Schwab - Full Service Brokerages. Buy and sell stocks for $8.95 per trade.
  • Scottrade – You can trade CEF for $7.00 per trade and there are 3,000 No load & No Transaction Fees (NTF) mutual fund for free and 15,000 mutual funds.
  • Fidelity – You can trade CEF for $7.95 per trade. It also offers one stop shop for mutual fund or ETF as well as cash management banking.

Continue to Part 3

If you miss my previous/ next articles, please check the following link.

Top 20 Large Companies Part 1

Top 20 Large Companies Part 3

Top 20 Large Companies Part 4 (Final)

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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

It is good to know who owns the world :)


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

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