The biggest companies of the United States weigh heavily in the American economy and the world’s economy. Here, thirty of the largest publicly traded companies that form the Dow Jones 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 on 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, benchmark Index of the US
To follow the evolution of the American financial markets and economy, the stocks of 30 large publicly traded companies listed on the NYSE or the NASDAQ are aggregated to form the Dow Jones Industrial Average index – abbreviated DJIA – and generally referred to as the Dow Jones, or more simply the Dow.
The Dow index 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. However, since the Dow is not weighted by market capitalization and that it includes only 30 companies that are not exactly the 30 largest American companies, many consider the S&P 500 index to be a more representative index of the US stock market.
For the complete list of the top 500 US companies that constitute the S&P 500 index, and much more information on each company, check our Top 500 US Companies Database.
The real-time quotation of the Dow index 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:
- Largest US companies
- Top tech & innovative US companies
- Top companies from Canada
- Top companies from Mexico
- Top companies from Brazil
- Top companies from the UK
- Top companies from Germany
- Top companies from India
- Top companies from Australia
List of the 30 constituents of the Dow Jones index by market capitalization
To help you learn more about these corporations, details about the thirty companies that compose the Dow 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 Friday, August 23, 2019.
Quick links to the top 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.
Dow Inc., is the parent company of The Dow Chemical Company, a world-leading chemical company engaged in the production of plastics, chemicals and agricultural products. It primarily sells its products to other industries rather than end-consumers.
Website: dow.com – Market Cap.: $ 34.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: DWDP
The Travelers Companies, Inc., better known as Travelers, is an insurance company particularly involved in commercial property-casualty insurance. One of the largest insurers in the US, Travelers operates in personal insurance, business insurance, and bonds. It has expanded in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore, China, Canada, and Brazil.
Website: travelers.com – Market Cap.: $ 42.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: TRV
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.: $ 50.5 Billion – Stock Symbol: WBA
Sector: Construction Machinery & Heavy Equipment
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.: $ 71.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: CAT
Founded in 1869, the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., is one of the world’s largest multinational investment bank headquartered in New York City. It is also engaged in financial services including investment management, securities, asset management, prime brokerage, and securities underwriting. Goldman Sachs is a primary dealer in the United States Treasury security market and more generally, a prominent market maker.
Website: goldmansachs.com – Market Cap.: $ 80 Billion – Stock Symbol: GS
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.: $ 100.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: MMM
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.: $ 114.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: AXP
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.: $ 115.5 Billion – Stock Symbol: NKE
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.: $ 123.3 Billion – Stock Symbol: UTX
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.: $ 129 Billion – Stock Symbol: IBM
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.: $ 182.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: MCD
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.: $ 215.9 Billion – Stock Symbol: PFE
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.: $ 222.2 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.: $ 222.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: CSCO
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.: $ 223.1 Billion – Stock Symbol: BA
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, and independent since World War I from its parent company, now one of the largest companies in Germany, Merck provides prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products.
Website: merck.com – Market Cap.: $ 243.5 Billion – Stock Symbol: MRK
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.: $ 247 Billion – Stock Symbol: UNH
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.: $ 250.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: CVX
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.: $ 257.8 Billion – Stock Symbol: KO
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.: $ 263.7 Billion – Stock Symbol: VZ
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.: $ 268 Billion – Stock Symbol: HD
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.: $ 268.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: DIS
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.: $ 328 Billion – Stock Symbol: XOM
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.: $ 328.5 Billion – Stock Symbol: PG
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.: $ 338.6 Billion – Stock Symbol: V
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.: $ 354.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: WMT
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.: $ 378.4 Billion – Stock Symbol: JNJ
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. With origins dating back to 1799, JPMorgan Chase has become one of the world’s largest universal bank operating worldwide. It is involved in retail and commercial as well as in investment banking, asset management, private banking, private wealth management, and treasury services.
Website: jpmorganchase.com – Market Cap.: $ 392.5 Billion – Stock Symbol: JPM
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 conceives 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.: $ 1,021.6 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.: $ 1,136.2 Billion – Stock Symbol: MSFT
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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