The largest corporations in 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 and gain access to capital from stock market investors. However, they must also comply with the regulations of the Securities Exchange Commission which protects investors against fraudulent and manipulative practices, and notably requires full public disclosure of listed companies’ results.
These listed 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 Stock Exchange, 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 industry
To follow the evolution of the American financial markets and economy, and more particularly the US industry, 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 Jones 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 industrial activity of the US. However, since the Dow is not weighted by market capitalization and that it includes only 30 companies, which are not exactly the 30 largest American companies, the S&P 500 index is generally considered to be a more representative index of the US stock market and the broader economy.
For more information on the largest American companies, download our S&P 500 companies Excel file containing the complete list of the 500 largest publicly listed companies in the US, together with extensive business, market, financial, and digital information on each company. For even more data on the largest US companies, download our Excel files on the Russell 1000 companies, Russell 2000 companies, or Russell 3000 companies.
The real-time quotation of the Dow Jones 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:
- Top US companies in the S&P 500
- Top US companies in the Nasdaq
- Top US tech companies
- Top US financial companies
- Top US real estate companies
- Top US energy companies
- Top companies from Canada
- Top companies from Europe
- Top companies from the UK
- Top companies from Germany
- Top companies from China
- 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 top industrial corporations, details about the 30 Dow Jones companies 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 Dow 30 companies are ranked by market capitalization in United States Dollars, as of effective close on Friday, January 15, 2021.
Shortcuts to each Dow Jones company
To facilitate your browsing in this long list, here are quick links to go directly to the details of any of the 30 Dow companies. Be sure to also check the Top 10 Dow Jones companies’ summary after the list!
Sector: Financials – Industry: Property & Casualty Insurance
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.: $36.3 Billion – Stock ticker: TRV
Sector: Consumer Staples – Industry: Drug Retail
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.: $42.3 Billion – Stock ticker: WBA
Sector: Materials – Industry: Commodity Chemicals
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.: $42.5 Billion – Stock ticker: DOW
Sector: Industrials – Industry: 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.: $95.5 Billion – Stock ticker: MMM
Sector: Financials – Industry: Consumer Finance
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.: $98.4 Billion – Stock ticker: AXP
Sector: Financials – Industry: Investment Banking & Brokerage
Founded in 1869, the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., is one of the world’s largest multinational investment banks 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.: $103.6 Billion – Stock ticker: GS
Sector: Industrials – Industry: Construction Machinery & Heavy Trucks
Caterpillar Inc. 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.: $105.7 Billion – Stock ticker: CAT
Sector: Information Technology – Industry: IT Consulting & Other Services
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.: $114.4 Billion – Stock ticker: IBM
Sector: Industrials – Industry: Aerospace & Defense
The Boeing Company is one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers and defense contractors 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.: $115.3 Billion – Stock ticker: BA
Sector: Health Care – Industry: Biotechnology
Amgen Inc. is a multinational biotechnology and pharmaceutical company. It produces various drugs, including Neulasta, which prevents infections for patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy, Enbrel, a necrosis blocker for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Focusing on molecular biology and biochemistry, Amgen aims at developing health care through recombinant DNA technology.
Website: amgen.com – Market Cap.: $142.9 Billion – Stock ticker: AMGN
Sector: Industrials – Industry: Industrial Conglomerates
Honeywell is a multinational industrial conglomerate. Tracing its origins to 1906, Honeywell has evolved from a heating company to a diversified global industrial company through a number of acquisitions. It now operates in four key business areas: aerospace, building technologies, performance materials and technologies, and safety and productivity solutions.
Website: honeywell.com – Market Cap.: $144.5 Billion – Stock ticker: HON
Sector: Consumer Discretionary – Industry: Restaurants
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.: $156.4 Billion – Stock ticker: MCD
Sector: Energy – Industry: Integrated 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.: $177.3 Billion – Stock ticker: CVX
Sector: Information Technology – Industry: Communications Equipment
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.: $192 Billion – Stock ticker: CSCO
Sector: Information Technology – Industry: Application Software
Salesforce.com, Inc. is a cloud-based enterprise software company. Especially known for its customer-relationship management (CRM) service which operates with a platform-as-a-service model, Salesforce also provides a number of enterprise applications dedicated to customer service, marketing automation, analytics, and application development.
Website: salesforce.com – Market Cap.: $195.6 Billion – Stock ticker: CRM
Sector: Consumer Staples – Industry: 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.: $209.3 Billion – Stock ticker: KO
Sector: Health Care – Industry: Pharmaceuticals
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.: $211 Billion – Stock ticker: MRK
Sector: Consumer Discretionary – Industry: Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods
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.: $221.8 Billion – Stock ticker: NKE
Sector: Information Technology – Industry: Semiconductors
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.: $236 Billion – Stock ticker: INTC
Sector: Communication Services – Industry: Integrated Telecommunication Services
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.: $237.4 Billion – Stock ticker: VZ
Sector: Consumer Discretionary – Industry: Home Improvement Retail
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.: $296.7 Billion – Stock ticker: HD
Sector: Communication Services – Industry: Movies & Entertainment
Founded in 1923, the Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is a diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate. It is notably involved in film studios through Walt Disney Studios and 21st Century Fox. Other main divisions include Walt Disney parks, experiences and consumer products, Disney Media Networks which owns and operates cable television networks (ABC broadcast network, Disney Channel, ESPN, A&E Networks, and Freeform) and the new Disney+ video-on-demand service, notably launched to develop new ways to monetize the company’s content and compete against Netflix, and other VOD services.
Website: thewaltdisneycompany.com – Market Cap.: $310.4 Billion – Stock ticker: DIS
Sector: Consumer Staples – Industry: Personal 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.: $332.8 Billion – Stock ticker: PG
Sector: Health Care – Industry: Managed Health Care
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.: $333.3 Billion – Stock ticker: UNH
Sector: Consumer Staples – Industry: Hypermarkets & Super Centers
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: walmart.com – Market Cap.: $409.2 Billion – Stock ticker: WMT
Sector: Health Care – Industry: Pharmaceuticals
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’s line of products notably includes Band-Aid, Tylenol, Johnson’s baby products, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, and Acuvue.
Website: jnj.com – Market Cap.: $422 Billion – Stock ticker: JNJ
Sector: Financials – Industry: Diversified Banks
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.: $422.6 Billion – Stock ticker: JPM
Sector: Information Technology – Industry: Data Processing & Outsourced Services
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.: $444.4 Billion – Stock ticker: V
Sector: Information Technology – Industry: Systems Software
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.: $1,607.7 Billion – Stock ticker: MSFT
Sector: Information Technology – Industry: Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals
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.: $2,204.3 Billion – Stock ticker: AAPL
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