Top 30 companies of Europe in the EURO STOXX 50 index 2021

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The largest European companies weigh heavily on the continent’s economy and the world’s economy. The top 30 publicly traded companies of the Eurozone, top components of the Euro Stoxx 50 index, are presented here together with their activities, logos, sectors, and useful links.

European companies must comply with their country’s local regulation in order to get publicly listed on its stock exchange and gain access to capital from stock investors. One of the requirements is to be a corporation owned by shares, which corresponds to the recently created pan-European company type, “Societas Europaea” (abbreviated SE), or national company denominations in each European country, notably:

  • “Aktiengesellschaft” in Germany – abbreviated AG
  • “Société anonyme” in France and Belgium – S.A.
  • “Società per azioni” in Italy – S.p.A.
  • “Sociedad anónima” in Spain – S.A.
  • “Naamloze vennootschap” in the Netherlands and Belgium – N.V.

European corporations that comply with the securities authorities’ rules and undergo the process to get listed are then quoted on stock exchanges, which ensure the proper market conditions for the continuous trading of stocks in Europe. Some of the most important stock exchanges of the Eurozone (European Union countries that use the Euro as their currency) notably include:

  • Euronext logoEuronext, (headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands) which regroups the main stock markets of the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Belgium, and Ireland (and Norway which is out of the Eurozone)
  • Deutsche Börse, the German Stock Exchange, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Borsa Italiana, the Italian Stock Exchange (headquartered in Milan, Italy) which will be integrated into Euronext by mid-2021
  • Bolsa de Madrid, the Spanish Stock Exchange

The Euro Stoxx 50 index, benchmark index of the Eurozone

To follow the evolution of the economy and financial markets of the Eurozone, the stocks of 50 large publicly traded companies listed on Eurozone stock exchanges are aggregated to form the Euro Stoxx 50 index.

This capitalization-weighted index, which gives more weight to larger companies, is designed “to provide a blue-chip representation of Supersector leaders in the Eurozone”. It is generally considered to be the key benchmark indices of the Eurozone, while the STOXX Europe 600 index is usually preferred to assess the broader economy and companies of Europe (including the UK and Switzerland).

Evolution of the Euro Stoxx 50 over 5 years (Image: Google Finance)
Evolution of the Euro Stoxx 50 over 5 years (Image: Google Finance)

The real-time quotation of the Euro Stoxx 50 index can be followed with convenient graphical tools from a number of sources, including the index creator, stoxx.com, Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, etc.

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List of the 30 largest companies from the Eurozone by market capitalization, top 30 constituents of the Euro Stoxx index

To help you learn more about these corporations, details about the thirty largest Eurozone companies, the top 30 constituents of the Euro Stoxx 50 index have been collected hereafter. Each company is listed with presentations of its sector and industry, activities, market capitalization, a direct link to its website, logo, and stock symbol. The 30 top Euro Stoxx 50 companies are ranked by market capitalization in Euros, as of effective close on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Note that if you are searching for information on these companies to invest in their stocks, make sure you know what you are doing as your investment will be subject to significant risks with the evolution of stock prices. To learn more about investing in the stock market and managing your portfolio, check our post on the best online courses on stock investing and trading.

Shortcuts to each Euro Stoxx 50 company

To speed up your browsing in this long list, here are quick links to go directly to the details of any of the top 30 companies of the Euro Stoxx 50 index.  Be sure to also check the Top 10 Eurozone companies’ summary after the list!

30. Vinci

Vinci logoSector: Industrials – Industry: Engineering & Construction

Country: France

Vinci S.A. is a concession and construction company. Founded in 1899, the has expanded to operate highway and road transport infrastructures with Vinci Autoroutes and Vinci Concessions, energy for construction through Vinci Energies, road and rail construction and recycling with Eurovia, building construction and development through Vinci Immobilier.

Website: vinci.com – Market Cap.: €46 Billion – Stock symbol: DG

29. Bayer

Bayer logoSector: Healthcare – Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Country: Germany

Bayer AG is a multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company. Founded in Barmen in 1863, Bayer has become one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, with activities in human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare products, agricultural chemicals, seeds, and biotechnology products. Since its acquisition of Monsanto in 2018, its CropScience division also produces genetically modified crops and pesticides.

Website: bayer.com – Market Cap.: €47.9 Billion – Stock symbol: BAYN

28. Safran

Safran logoSector: Industrials – Industry: Aerospace and Defense

Country: France

Safran S.A. is a multinational aerospace and defense company. It produces aircraft and rocket engines, systems and equipment for civil and military airplanes and helicopters, and other components for military equipment. Safran is partially owned by the French Government.

Website: safran-group.com – Market Cap.: €49.1 Billion – Stock symbol: SAF

27. Deutsche Post

Deutsche Post logoSector: Industrials – Industry: Integrated Freight & Logistics

Country: Germany

Deutsche Post AG, better known under its trade name, Deutsche Post DHL Group, is a multinational package delivery and supply chain management company. Deutsche Post is the world’s largest courier company and it is also Europe’s largest postal company. Through its “Express” division, DHL, the group operates in more than 220 countries and territories.

Website: dpdhl.com – Market Cap.: €49.9 Billion – Stock symbol: DPW

26. BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas logoSector: Financials – Industry: Diversified Banks

Country: France

BNP Paribas S.A. is a multinational banking group. Tracing its origins to 1848, BNP Paribas is now involved in retail banking, investment banking, and financial services for individual, corporate and institutional customers. It is one of the largest banks in France and in the world, operating in more than 70 countries directly or through its subsidiaries, including BNL and Fortis in Europe and Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank in America.

Website: group.bnpparibas – Market Cap.: €53.2 Billion – Stock symbol: BNP

25. EssilorLuxottica

EssilorLuxottica logoSector: Healthcare – Industry: Medical Instruments & Supplies

Country: France

EssilorLuxottica S.A., is an international company specialized in ophthalmic optics. Formed through the merger of the French company Essilor, and the Italian Luxottica, it designs, manufactures ophthalmic lenses, optical equipment, prescription glasses, and sunglasses. EssilorLuxottica owns multiple vision care, eyewear, and retail brands including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Varilux, and LensCrafters.

Website: essilorluxottica.com– Market Cap.: €55.6 Billion – Stock symbol: EL

24. Adyen

Adyen logoSector: Technology – Industry: Infrastructure Software

Country: Netherlands

Adyen N.V. is a financial technology company enabling businesses to receive electronic payments from e-commerce, mobile, and point-of-sale. It provides its technology in payment gateway and payment services, together with risk management solutions and local acquiring in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.

Website: adyen.com – Market Cap.: €55.8 Billion – Stock symbol: ADYEN

23. Adidas

Adidas logoSector: Consumer Cyclical  – Industry: Footwear & Accessories

Country: Germany

Adidas AG is a multinational corporation manufacturing shoes, clothing, and accessories. Tracing its origins to 1920, Adidas has become the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, and second-largest in the world, after Nike. Trading through the Adidas brand, the Adidas Group also owns other brands including Reebok, TaylorMade golf company, Runtastic, and 8.33% of the German football club Bayern Munich.

Website: adidas-group.com – Market Cap.: €57 Billion – Stock symbol: ADS

22. BASF

BASF logoSector: Materials – Industry: Chemicals

Country: Germany

BASF SE is a multinational chemical company. Founded in 1865, BASF has become the largest chemical producer in the world operating a number of subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and hundreds of production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas, and Africa. Its products include chemicals, plastics, performance products, functional solutions, agricultural solutions, and oil and gas.

Website: basf.com – Market Cap.: €59 Billion – Stock symbol: BAS

21. Daimler

Daimler logoSector: Consumer Cyclical – Industry: Auto Manufacturers

Country: Germany

Daimler AG is a multinational automotive corporation. Tracing its origins to 1926, Daimler has expanded to own and possess shares in multiple manufacturers of cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles including Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Smart Automobile, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Setra, BharatBenz, Mitsubishi Fuso, MV Agusta, Denza, Kamaz, and Beijing Automotive Group.

Website: daimler.com – Market Cap.: €60.2 Billion – Stock symbol: DAI

20. Air Liquide

Air Liquide logoSector: Materials – Industry: Chemicals

Country: France

Air Liquide S.A. is a multinational industrial gas company. Founded in 1902, Air Liquide is operating in three domains, the main one is gas and services which is subdivided by types of activity (heavy industry, commercial industry, healthcare, and electronics). The other two domains are engineering and construction, global markets, and technology.

Website: airliquide.com – Market Cap.: €63.7 Billion – Stock symbol: AI

19. Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric logoSector: Industrials – Industry: Specialty Industrial Machinery

Country: France

Schneider Electric SE is a multinational electrical equipment company. Founded in 1836, Schneider Electric is involved in connected technologies, software, and solutions for energy management for medium and low voltage, industrial, machine and process automation products and solutions, and associated services.

Website: se.com – Market Cap.: €64.5 Billion – Stock symbol: SU

18. Airbus

Airbus logoSector: Industrials – Industry: Aerospace and Defense

Country: France

Airbus SE is a European multinational aerospace and defense corporation. It designs, manufactures, and sells commercial aircraft, defense and space equipment, and helicopters. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company’s shares are traded in Germany, France, and Spain.

Website: airbus.com – Market Cap.: €69.7 Billion – Stock symbol: AIR

17. Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom logoSector: Communication Services – Industry: Telecom Services

Country: Germany

Deutsche Telekom AG, also known as DT, is a telecommunications company. The largest telecommunications provider in Europe by revenue, Deutsche Telekom provides multiple products including fixed-line, mobile phone, broadband, digital television, digital media, IT services, and networking solutions. As of May 2019, the German government directly owns 14.5% of Deutsche Telekom, and 17.4% through the government bank KfW.

Website: telekom.com – Market Cap.: €71.2 Billion – Stock symbol: DTE

16. Kering

Kering logoSector: Consumer Cyclical  – Industry: Footwear & Accessories

Country: France

Kering S.A. is an international luxury goods company specialized in fashion and accessories. Kering notably owns and operates multiple luxury brands, including  Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Brioni, and Pomellato.

Website: kering.com – Market Cap.: €71.8 Billion – Stock symbol: KER

15. Iberdrola

Iberdrola logoSector: Utilities – Industry: Diversified Utilities

Country: Spain

Iberdrola is a multinational electric utility. It is engaged in electricity generation and distribution, renewable energy, natural gas production, sale and distribution, and telecommunications. Very involved in renewable energy, it is one of the world’s largest producers of wind power. Iberdrola operates directly or through subsidiaries in Spain, the United Kingdom (Scottish Power), the USA (Avangrid), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy, and France.

Website: iberdrola.es – Market Cap.: €72.2 Billion – Stock symbol: IBE

14. Volkswagen

Volkswagen logoSector: Consumer Cyclical – Industry: Auto Manufacturers

Country: Germany

Volkswagen AG is a multinational automotive manufacturing company. Founded in 1937, Volkswagen Group is the world’s largest car producer by sales, owning the flagship Volkswagen brand as well as Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda among others. It provides passenger and commercial vehicles, motorcycles, engines, and turbomachinery, with associated services for financing, leasing, and fleet management. The German state of Lower Saxony holds 12.7% of Volkswagen shares.

Website: volkswagenag.com – Market Cap.: €78.9 Billion – Stock symbol: VOW3

13. Inditex

Inditex logoSector: Consumer Cyclical – Industry: Apparel Retail

Industria de Diseño Textil, S.A., more simply known as Inditex, is a multinational clothing company. Most famous for its flagship brand Zara, Inditex also operates multiple other brands including Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius, and Uterqüe. Operating more than 7,200 stores in more than 90 countries, Inditex has become the largest fashion group in the world thanks to its customer-centric approach and ability to rapidly replenish stores with new designs.

Website: inditex.com – Market Cap.: €79.7 Billion – Stock symbol: ITX

12. Allianz

Allianz logoSector: Financials – Industry: Diversified Insurance

Country: Germany

Allianz SE is a multinational financial services company. Founded in 1890, Allianz is now one of the world’s largest insurers, operating in more than 70 countries. It is primarily operating in insurance and asset management through its subsidiaries of PIMCO, Allianz Global Investors, and Allianz Real Estate, and it also has a 14% controlling stake in Commerzbank.

Website: allianz.com – Market Cap.: €80.9 Billion – Stock symbol: ALV

11. Enel

Enel logoSector: Utilities – Industry: Diversified Utilities

Country: Italy

Enel S.p.A. is a multinational energy company involved in the production and distribution of electricity and natural gas. Operating in Italy and a number of countries of Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa through subsidiaries and interests in other companies, Enel distributes energy to 56 million in the electricity market, and 6 million in the gas market. Enel’s largest shareholder is the Italian state, which 23.6%.

Website: enel.com – Market Cap.: €85.1 Billion – Stock symbol: ENEL

10. Total

Total logoSector: Energy – Industry: Integrated Oil & Gas

Country: France

Total S.A. is a multinational integrated oil and gas company. Tracing its origins to 1924, Total has grown to become involved in crude oil and natural gas exploration and production, power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international trading crude oil and product. It is also involved in the manufacturing of various chemical products.

Website: total.com – Market Cap.: €89.8 Billion – Stock symbol: FP

9. Siemens

Siemens logoSector: Industrials – Industry: Specialty Industrial Machinery

Country: Germany

Siemens AG is a multinational conglomerate company. Founded in 1847, Siemens is the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, operating in a wide range of industries, including power and gas, wind power and renewables, power generation services, energy management, building technologies, mobility, digital factory, process industries, and drives, financial services, medical diagnostics equipment and services, automation and drive system for steel mills.

Website: siemens.com – Market Cap.: €93 Billion – Stock symbol: SIE

8. Sanofi

Sanofi logoSector: Healthcare – Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Country: France

Sanofi S.A. is a multinational pharmaceutical company. It is engaged in research and development, manufacturing, and marketing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and treatments in seven areas: cardiovascular, central nervous system, diabetes, internal medicine, oncology, thrombosis, and vaccines.

Website: sanofi.com – Market Cap.: €98.2 Billion – Stock symbol: SAN

7. Linde

Linde logoSector: Materials – Industry: Specialty Chemicals

Country: Germany

Fruit of the merger between Linde AG of Germany and Praxair of the United States, Linde PLC is an Irish-domiciled multinational gas and chemical company whose shares are traded in Germany and the United States. With over 600 affiliated companies in more than 100 countries, Linde is the world’s largest industrial gas company. Tracing its origins to 1879, Lined is now operating in industrial gases and health care, engineering, and supply chain services through its subsidiary Gist Limited.

Website: lindeplc.com – Market Cap.: €109.2 Billion – Stock symbol: LIN

6. AB InBev

AB InBev logoSector: Consumer Defensive – Industry: Beverages, Breweries

Country: Belgium

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, commonly known as AB InBev, AmBev, is a multinational beverage and brewing company. It owns, produces, and distributes hundreds of beer brands around the world, including notably the internationally acclaimed Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Hoegaarden, and Leffe. Component of the Belgian benchmark stock index BEL 20, AB InBev is also listed on the Mexico City Stock Exchange, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and New York Stock Exchange.

Website: ab-inbev.com – Market Cap.: €111.6 Billion – Stock symbol: ABI

5. SAP

SAP logoSector: Technology – Industry: Software Application

Country: Germany

SAP SE, initials of Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung (Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing) is a multinational software corporation. SAP provides enterprise software for operations and customer relations management. Founded in 1972, SAP was originally dedicated to Enterprise Resources Planning, before diversifying in the 2010s in cloud-based products and services and the Internet of Things – IoT.

Website: sap.com – Market Cap.: €124.1 Billion – Stock symbol: SAP

4. Prosus

Prosus logoSector: Communication Services – Industry: Internet Content & Information

Country: Netherlands

Prosus N.V. is a consumer internet company and technology investor. It operates a number of subsidiaries around the world in online classifieds, e-commerce, fintech, food delivery, and travel. Majority owned by Naspers, a leading South African consumer internet company, Prosus is also the largest shareholder of the Chinese internet company Tencent, and the Russian internet company Mail.ru Group.

Website: prosus.com – Market Cap.: €142.2 Billion – Stock symbol: PRX

3. ASML

ASML logoSector: Technology – Industry: Semiconductor Equipment & Materials

Country: Netherlands

ASML Holding N.V. is a company primarily involved in photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry. A world leader in photolithography, ASML provides a range of machines, technology, and software to print micro-patterns on silicon, which is an essential part of the production of microchips. ASML is listed on the Euronext and the Nasdaq stock exchanges, and it is a constituent of the main Dutch stock index, the AEX index, and the NASDAQ-100 index.

Website: asml.com – Market Cap.: €165.1 Billion – Stock symbol: ASML

2. L’Oréal

L'Oréal logoSector: Consumer Defensive – Industry: Household & Personal Products

Country: France

L’Oréal S.A. is a company that specializes in cosmetics and personal care. Founded in 1909, L’Oréal has become the world’s largest cosmetics company. It is now involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of products including hair color, skincare, sun protection, make-up, perfume, and hair care. L’Oréal has also launched activities supporting and associated with its core business, such as digital services, incubators, and investment funds dedicated to beauty technologies, products, and services.

Website: loreal.com – Market Cap.: €172.7 Billion – Stock symbol: OR

1. LVMH

LVMH logoSector: Consumer Cyclical  – Industry: Luxury Goods

Country: France

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, more simply known as LVMH, is a multinational luxury goods conglomerate. The global leader in the sector of luxury, LVMH controls a portfolio of more than 70 prestigious brands in wine and spirits, Château d’Yquem, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Cliquot, Krug, Hennessy, and Glenmorangie, as well as in fashion and jewelry with Louis Vuitton, Dior, Givenchy, Céline, Kenzo, Fendi, Guerlain, Marc Jacobs, Chaumet, Thomas Pink, Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari. It operates in distribution with Sephora and Le Bon Marché, and luxury hotels with Cheval Blanc Courchevel and Belmond hospitality group. Besides, LVMH is also involved in media through Les Échos, Le Parisien, and Radio Classique.

Website: lvmh.com – Market Cap.: €255.1 Billion – Stock symbol: MC

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