The biggest companies of the United States weigh heavily in the American and the world’s economy. Here, thirty of the largest publicly traded companies that form the Dow index are presented together with their activities, logos, and useful links.
In the US, large companies are incorporated to get publicly listed on a stock exchange. They can then gain access to capital from stock markets investors but they must also comply with the regulations of the Securities Exchange Commission.
These corporations are quoted in stock exchanges that are in charge of ensuring proper market conditions for the trading of stocks, the New York Stock Exchange – NYSE – or the NASDAQ, respectively the largest and second largest stock exchanges in the US and the world.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index
To follow the evolution of the American financial markets and economy, the stocks of 30 large publicly traded companies listed in the NYSE or the NASDAQ are aggregated to form the Dow Jones Industrial Average index – abbreviated DJIA -. It is compiled by adding the price of one share of stock for each component company (with some correcting factors) and is widely considered to be the reference index of the US.
The real-time quotation of the DJIA can be followed with convenient graphical tools from a number of sources, including Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, etc.
Note that this post is part of a series:
- Top tech & innovative US companies
- Top companies from Canada
- Top companies from Mexico
- Top companies from the UK
- Top companies from Germany
- Top companies from India
- Top companies from Australia
List of the 30 components of the Dow index by market capitalization
To help you learn more about these corporations, details about the thirty companies that compose the DJIA index have been collected hereafter. Each company is listed with presentations of its sector, activities, market capitalization, a direct link to its website, logo and stock symbol.
Companies are ranked by market capitalization in United States Dollars, as of effective close on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
Quick links to the 30 publicly listed companies in the United States Dow Jones Industrial Average
To speed up browsing in this long list, here are quick links to go directly to the details of any of the DJIA companies.
Apple Inc. designs, manufactures and markets mobile phones and media devices, computers, notably the iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple Watch and Apple TV. The Company also conceive and sells a range of related software and services: the iPhone OS (iOS), OS X and watchOS operating systems, iCloud and Apple Pay. Apple also sells accessories, support offerings, and third-party digital content and applications.
Website: apple.com – Market Cap.: US$ 961.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: AAPL
Microsoft Corporation is a multinational technology company developing, manufacturing, licensing, supporting and selling computer software, most notably the Windows operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. It is also involved in consumer electronics with the Xbox video game consoles, touchscreen personal computers, with Microsoft Surface, and related services.
Website: microsoft.com – Market Cap.: US$ 906.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: MSFT
Johnson & Johnson is a multinational medication, first aid supplies, and consumer packaged goods manufacturing and sales company founded in 1886. Regrouping numerous famous brands, Johnson & Johnson line of products notably include Band-Aid, Tylenol, Johnson’s baby products, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, and Acuvue.
Website: jnj.com – Market Cap.: US$ 431.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: JNJ
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a multinational investment bank and financial services company. With assets of $2.534 trillion, JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States and the sixth largest bank in the world by total assets, as of May 2018.
Website: jpmorganchase.com – Market Cap.: US$ 412.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: JPM
Sector: Oil & Gas
ExxonMobil Corporation, more commonly known as ExxonMobil, is the world’s largest energy company, operating in the exploration, production, transportation, and sale of crude oil and natural gas. ExxonMobil is also engaged in the manufacturing, transportation, and sale of petroleum products, markets commodity petrochemicals and a range of specialty products.
Website: corporate.exxonmobil.com – Market Cap.: US$ 376 Billion – Stock Symbol: XOM
Walmart Inc. is a multinational retail corporation operating a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores. Walmart is the world’s largest company by revenue, employing more than 2.3 million people in 28 countries.
Website: corporate.walmart.com – Market Cap.: US$ 314.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: WMT
UnitedHealth Group is the largest healthcare company in the world by revenue, offering diversified health care products and insurance services. It serves clients through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare which provides health care coverage and benefits services, and Optum which provides information and technology-enabled health services.
Website: unitedhealthgroup.com – Market Cap.: US$ 289 Billion – Stock Symbol: UNH
Pfizer Inc. is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical corporations, developing and producing diverse medicines and vaccines. Its leading products include Lipitor (to lower LDL blood cholesterol), Lyrica (for neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia), Diflucan (antifungal medication), Zithromax (antibiotic), Viagra (for erectile dysfunction), and Celebrex (anti-inflammatory drug).
Website: pfizer.com – Market Cap.: US$ 284.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: PFE
Verizon Communications Inc., commonly known as Verizon, is a diversified multinational telecommunications conglomerate. Verizon is engaged in a range of communications segments, including 5G, wireless networks, broadband and fiber, media and technology, Internet of Things and manager security.
Website: verizon.com – Market Cap.: US$ 278.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: VZ
Visa Inc., is a multinational financial services corporation facilitating electronic funds transfers throughout the world. It operates payment products that financial institutions use to offer credit, debit, prepaid and cash-access programs to their customers via Visa-branded credit cards, gift cards, and debit cards.
Website: usa.visa.com – Market Cap.: US$ 270.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: V
Sector: Household Products
Founded in 1837, the Procter & Gamble Company, also known as P&G, is a multinational consumer goods corporation providing a wide range of personal health/consumer health and personal care and hygiene products in the segments of beauty, grooming, healthcare, fabric and home, and baby, feminine and family care.
Website: us.pg.com – Market Cap.: US$ 260.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: PG
Sector: Oil & Gas
Chevron Corporation is an energy multinational company involved in every aspect of the oil, natural gas, and geothermal energy industries in more than 180 countries. Chevron operates in hydrocarbon exploration and production, hydrocarbon refining, marketing and transport, chemicals manufacturing and sales, and power generation.
Website: chevron.com – Market Cap.: US$ 257 Billion – Stock Symbol: CVX
Intel Corporation, commonly known as Intel, is a multinational corporation and technology company, especially involved in the production and sales of microprocessors and semiconductor chips powering personal computers. Intel also diversifies in other technologies, including cloud, Internet of Things, computer memory and 5G-connectivity.
Website: intel.com – Market Cap.: US$ 248.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: INTC
Cisco Systems, Inc. is a multinational technology conglomerate developing, manufacturing and selling networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products. Through its multiple subsidiaries, Cisco is also specializing in Internet-of-Things, domain security, and energy management.
Website: cisco.com – Market Cap.: US$ 240.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: CSCO
Sector: Soft Drinks
Founded in 1886, the Coca-Cola Company is involved in the manufacturing, retail, and marketing of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups. It is primarily known for its sparkling sodas including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta, and Sprite, but is also engaged in still beverages, such as waters, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, sports drinks, dairy and energy drinks.
Website: coca-colacompany.com – Market Cap.: US$ 236 Billion – Stock Symbol: KO
Merck & Company, Inc., known as Merck Sharp & Dohme, or MSD, outside the United States and Canada, is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Founded in 1891 in the US, Merck provides prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products.
Website: merck.com – Market Cap.: US$ 221.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: MRK
The Home Depot Inc. is a retailing company that sells tools, home improvement supplies, construction products, and services. Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the United States, also operating in Canada and Mexico.
Website: homedepot.com – Market Cap.: US$ 220.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: PG
Sector: Aerospace & Defense
The Boeing Company is one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers and defense contractor and it is the largest exporter in dollar value of the United States. Founded in 1916, Boeing is involved in the design, manufacturing and worldwide sales of airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, and missiles; it also provides leasing and product support services.
Website: boeing.com – Market Cap.: US$ 206.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: BA
Founded in 1923, the Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is a diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate. Disney is notably involved in film studios through the Walt Disney Studios and 21st Century Fox. Other main divisions include Walt Disney parks, experiences and consumer products and Disney Media Networks which owns and operates cable television networks (ABC broadcast network, Disney Channel, ESPN, A&E Networks and Freeform).
Website: thewaltdisneycompany.com – Market Cap.: US$ 189.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: DIS
Founded in 1940 as a restaurant, McDonald’s has evolved to become a leading fast food franchise. As of 2016, McDonald’s was the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue, serving over 69 million customers daily in more than 36,900 outlets, located in more than 100 countries.
Website: corporate.mcdonalds.com – Market Cap.: US$ 161.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: MCD
Formed after the equal merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont in 2017, DowDuPont is a world-leading chemical company engaged in the sectors of agriculture, materials science and specialty products industries. It will be split into three independent specialized companies to become more competitive than their parent in each company’s specific area of focus.
Website: dow-dupont.com – Market Cap.: US$ 150.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: DWDP
Sector: Industrial Conglomerates
3M Company is a diversified industrial and technology company operating through a wide range of sectors: automotive, commercial solutions, communications, consumer, design and construction, electronics, energy, health care, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, safety, transportation.
Website: 3m.com – Market Cap.: US$ 132.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: MMM
Founded in 1911, the International Business Machines Corporation, better known as IBM, is a multinational information technology company operating in more than 170 countries. Manufacturing and marketing computer hardware, middleware and software and providing hosting and consulting services, IBM is also a major technology research organization.
Website: ibm.com – Market Cap.: US$ 123.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: IBM
Sector: Aerospace & Defense
United Technologies Corporation, UTC, is involved in the research, development, and manufacturing of aircraft engines, aerospace systems, HVAC, elevators and escalators, fire and security, building systems and industrial products. It is also a large military contractor.
Website: utc.com – Market Cap.: US$ 114.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: UTX
Nike, Inc. is a world-leading multinational corporation manufacturing and supplying athletic shoes, sports apparel, and equipment. Nike is involved in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and associated services.
Website: nike.com – Market Cap.: US$ 104.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: NKE
The American Express Company, also known as Amex, was founded in 1850. Originally involved in freight forwarding, American Express has later engaged in travel services and become a leader in cards and payments technology before expanding further to innovative digital products and services.
Website: americanexpress.com – Market Cap.: US$ 103.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: AXP
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. is a holding company that owns Walgreens, Boots, and a number of pharmaceutical manufacturing, wholesale, and distribution companies. It operates in 25 countries through three divisions: retail pharmacy USA (Walgreens), retail pharmacy international (Boots and other retail operations internationally), and pharmaceutical wholesale (Alliance Healthcare).
Website: walgreensbootsalliance.com – Market Cap.: US$ 85.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: WBA
Sector: Construction Machinery & Heavy
Trucks Caterpillar is a world leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. It operates through its main Cat, Cat Financial, Cat Reman and Cat rental store brands as well as multiple other specialized brands.
Website: caterpillar.com – Market Cap.: US$ 83.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: CAT
Founded in 1869, the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., is one of the world’s largest multinational investment bank, also engaged in financial services company including investment management, securities, asset management, prime brokerage, and securities underwriting.
Website: goldmansachs.com – Market Cap.: US$ 81.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: GS
The Travelers Companies, Inc. is an insurance company. One of the largest in the US, Travelers operates in personal insurance, business insurance and bond and. It has also expanded in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore, China, Canada, and Brazil.
Website: travelers.com – Market Cap.: US$ 38.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: TRV
Here are 30 of the largest companies from the United States. Do you think they are worth their market capitalization? Are their stocks a good investment right now? Do they have too much economic power… and maybe political power too?
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