Top 30 US companies in the S&P 500 index 2021

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The largest American companies are deeply involved in the economy of the United States, as well as the rest of the world. The thirty largest publicly traded US companies, top constituents of the S&P 500 index, are presented here together with their activities, logos, and useful links.

New York Stock Exchange logoIn the United States, corporations get publicly listed on stock exchanges to gain access to capital from stock market investors. By agreeing to comply with the regulations imposed by the Securities Exchange Commission – SEC -, these companies get their stocks quoted on stock exchanges, the institutions in charge of ensuring proper market conditions for the trading of stocks.

Nasdaq logoIn the United States, two main stock exchanges ensure proper market conditions for the continuous trading of stocks from hundreds of corporations:  the New York Stock Exchange – NYSE – and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, respectively the largest and second-largest stock exchanges in the US and the world.

The S&P 500 Index, the broadest American stock index

To measure the performance of American stocks and assess the evolution of the US financial markets and economy, the stocks of the 500 largest publicly listed companies in the United States are aggregated in the S&P 500 index, also more simply known as the S&P. This capitalization-weighted index, which gives more weight to larger companies, is considered to be one of the best benchmarks for the American stock market, and for the broader US economy.

Based upon the stocks of 500 companies, the S&P has a broader base than the 30 Dow Jones companies, even though many companies in the Dow Jones index are also top constituents of the S&P. The S&P also has a wider spectrum of sectors and industries than the Nasdaq Composite companies, which is heavily skewed toward the technology sector.

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.

Evolution of the S&P 500 over 5 years
Evolution of the S&P 500 over 5 years (Image: Google Finance)

The real-time quotation of the S&P 500 index can be followed with convenient graphical tools from a number of sources, including Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, etc.

For more information on other world-leading companies, check our series of posts on Top Companies, and for more information on the country, read our articles on Top Business Resources for the US.

List of the 30 largest American companies by market capitalization, top 30 constituents of the S&P 500 index

To help you learn more about these corporations, details about the thirty largest US companies, the top 30 constituents of the S&P 500 index have been listed hereafter. Each company is presented with its sector and industry, activities, market capitalization, a direct link to its website, logo, and stock symbol. The 30 top S&P 500 companies are ranked by market capitalization in United States Dollars, as of effective close on Monday, February 22, 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 S&P 500 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 S&P 500 index.  Be sure to also check the Top 10 S&P 500 companies’ summary after the list!

30. AT&T

AT&T logoSector: Communication Services – Industry: Telecom Services

AT&T Inc. is a multinational conglomerate holding company. Tracing its origins to 1877, AT&T is engaged in telecommunications, it operates mobile and fixed telephone services in the United States through AT&T Communications. It is also the parent company of mass media conglomerate WarnerMedia, one of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies.

Website: att.com – Market Cap.: $208.9 Billion – Stock ticker: T

29. Nike

Nike logoSector: Consumer Cyclical – Industry: Footwear & Accessories

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.: $215.5 Billion – Stock ticker: NKE

28. Abbott

Abbott logoSector: Healthcare – Industry: Medical Devices

Abbott Laboratories is a multinational health care and medical devices company. Founded in 1888, Abbot manufactures medical devices including cardiovascular and neuromodulation devices, diagnostics products, branded generic medicines and nutritional products for children and adults including Pedialyte, Similac, Ensure, Glucerna, ZonePerfect, FreeStyle Libre, i-STAT and MitraClip.

Website: abbott.com – Market Cap.: $217.2 Billion – Stock ticker: ABT

27. Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola logoSector: Consumer Defensive – Industry: Beverages—Non-Alcoholic

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.: $217.8 Billion – Stock ticker: KO

26. Salesforce

Salesforce logoSector: Technology – Industry: Software—Application

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.: $221.1 Billion – Stock ticker: CRM

25. Adobe

Adobe logoSector: Technology – Industry: Software—Infrastructure

Adobe Inc. is a multinational computer software company originally focused on multimedia and creativity software products before expanding to digital marketing software. It is especially famous for its Adobe Flash web software ecosystem, Photoshop image editing software, Acrobat Reader, the Portable Document Format – PDF -, as well as Adobe Creative Suite and its successor Adobe Creative Cloud.

Website: adobe.com – Market Cap.: $223.7 Billion – Stock ticker: ADBE

24. ExxonMobil

Exxon Mobil logoSector: Energy – Industry: Oil & Gas Integrated

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.: $229.9 Billion – Stock ticker: XOM

23. Verizon

Verizon logoSector: Communication Services – Industry: Telecom 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 security.

Website: verizon.com – Market Cap.: $233.6 Billion – Stock ticker: VZ

22. Netflix

Netflix logoSector: Communication Services – Industry: Entertainment

Netflix, Inc. is a company providing a video-on-demand service. Primarily operating in subscription-based streaming, Netflix offers a library of films and television programs for customers to choose and watch when they want. Originally selling and renting DVDs, Netflix has turned to online services thanks to the introduction of media streaming. This allowed it to expand internationally from 2010 and foray into the content production industry.

Website: netflix.com – Market Cap.: $236.4 Billion – Stock ticker: NFLX

21. Comcast

Comcast logoSector: Communication Services – Industry: Entertainment

Comcast Corporation is a telecommunications conglomerate. One of the leaders in the US and the world, Comcast operates in broadcasting and cable television, pay-TV, cable TV, home Internet service, and home telephone service. A producer of films and television programs through its subsidiaries NBCUniversal and Universal Pictures, Comcast is also involved in multiple other industries through subsidiaries, including residential cable with Xfinity, commercial services through Comcast Business, TV channels notably with NBC, Telemundo, MSNBC, CNBC, and Sky.

Website: corporate.comcast.com – Market Cap.: $240.5 Billion – Stock ticker: CMCSA

20. Intel

Intel logoSector: 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.: $246.7 Billion – Stock ticker: INTC

19. Home Depot

The Home Depot logoSector: Consumer Cyclical – 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.: $297 Billion – Stock ticker: HD

18. Bank of America

Bank of America logoSector: Financials – Industry: Banks—Diversified

The Bank of America Corporation, abbreviated as BofA, is a multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with more than 200,000 employees. Tracing its origins to 1784, Bank of America has become an American leader in consumer banking with more than 4,600 branches and 15,900 ATMs. Bank of America also operates in corporate and investment banking, wealth management, and investment management.

Website: bankofamerica.com – Market Cap.: $304.1 Billion – Stock ticker: BAC

17. UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group logoSector: Healthcare – Industry: Healthcare Plans

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.: $310.9 Billion – Stock ticker: UNH

16. Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble logoSector: Consumer Defensive – Industry: Household & 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: pginvestor.com – Market Cap.: $311.7 Billion – Stock ticker: PG

15. Paypal

PayPal logoSector: Financials – Industry: Credit Services

PayPal Holdings, Inc. is a company operating a worldwide online payment system. Providing an electronic alternative to traditional checks and money orders, Paypal helps online vendors and commercial users by supporting online money transfers in exchange for a fee. PayPal had its Initial Public Offering in 2002 before being acquired by eBay, which later separated from it in 2015.

Website: paypal.com – Market Cap.: $320.7 Billion – Stock ticker: PYPL

14. Mastercard

Mastercard logoSector: Financials – Industry: Credit Services

Mastercard Incorporated is a multinational financial services corporation. It is primarily involved in the processing of payments between the merchants’ banks and the card-issuer of customers using a Mastercard brand debit, credit, or prepaid card to make purchases.

Website: mastercard.com – Market Cap.: $338.4 Billion – Stock ticker: MA

13. Disney

The Walt Disney Company logoSector: Communication Services – Industry: 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.: $348.1 Billion – Stock ticker: DIS

12. Nvidia

Nvidia logoSector: Technology – Industry: Semiconductors

Nvidia Corporation is a company developing graphics processing units – GPUs – for the gaming and professional markets, and “system on a chip” units – SoCs – for the mobile computing and automotive market. It operates the GeForce brand of GPUs, Tegra mobile processors, and expanded in gaming with the Shield brand of handled devices, tablets, and Android TV. Nvidia now also produces chips for supercomputers, especially powering artificial intelligence and scientific research applications.

Website: nvidia.com – Market Cap.: $355.4 Billion – Stock ticker: NVDA

11. Walmart

Walmart logoSector: Consumer Defensive – Industry: Discount Stores

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.: $389.6 Billion – Stock ticker: WMT

10. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson logoSector: Healthcare – Industry: Pharmaceuticals—General

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.: $426.1 Billion – Stock ticker: JNJ

9. Visa

Visa logoSector: Financials – Industry: Credit 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.: $445.2 Billion – Stock ticker: V

8. JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. logoSector: Financials – Industry: Banks—Diversified

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 banks 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.: $455.6 Billion – Stock ticker: JPM

7. Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway logoSector: Financials – Industry: Financial Conglomerates

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a multinational conglomerate holding company. It wholly owns GEICO, Duracell, Dairy Queen, BNSF, Lubrizol, Fruit of the Loom, Helzberg Diamonds, Long & Foster, FlightSafety International, Pampered Chef, and NetJets, and also has significant shares of Pilot Flying J, Kraft Heinz Company, American Express, Wells Fargo, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Apple, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines. Berkshire Hathaway also acquired a number of smaller companies in a wide variety of industries, including confectionery, retail, railroads, home furnishings, encyclopedias, manufacturers of vacuum cleaners, jewelry sales, newspaper publishing, manufacture and distribution of uniforms, and several regional electric and gas utilities.

Website: berkshirehathaway.com – Market Cap.: $575.6 Billion – Stock ticker: BRK.B

6. Tesla

Tesla logoSector: Consumer Cyclical – Industry: Auto Manufacturers

Tesla, Inc. is an electric vehicle and clean energy company. It produces electric cars, including sedans, sports cars and pick-up trucks, and electric powertrain components and systems, and related services, as well as energy generation and storage systems including batteries, solar roof tiles, and solar panels through its subsidiary SolarCity.

Website: tesla.com – Market Cap.: $685.8 Billion – Stock ticker: TSLA

5. Facebook

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

Facebook, Inc. is an online social media and social networking service. Originally limited to students, Facebook has gradually opened its services to anyone above 13 years old, reaching now more than 2 billion across the world. It can be accessed through any device connected to the internet and allows users to customize profiles, post text, photos, and multimedia which is shared with their friends on Facebook. They can also join interest groups, receive messages and notifications, and use various other embedded applications.

Website: investor.fb.com – Market Cap.: $741.5 Billion – Stock ticker: FB

4. Alphabet

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

Alphabet Inc. is a multinational technology conglomerate, created from the corporate restructuring of Google, which is now its subsidiary together with several other services. The Google search engine, advertising business, and associated services are the largest part of Alphabet’s activities, with other subsidiaries including Calico (biotechnology), Chronicle (cybersecurity), DeepMind (artificial intelligence), GV (venture capital), CapitalG (private equity), X (R&D), Google Fiber (fiber internet services), Jigsaw (tech incubator), Makani (wind turbines), Sidewalk Labs (urban innovation), Verily (life sciences), Waymo (self-driving tech), Wing (drone-based delivery) and Loon (internet provider via stratospheric balloons).

Website: abc.xyz – Market Cap.: $1,392 Billion – Stock ticker: GOOG / GOOGL

3. Amazon

Amazon logoSector: Consumer Cyclical – Industry: Internet Retail

Amazon.com, Inc. is a multinational technology company focused on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It started as an online bookstore that later diversified to a wide array of products. Amazon has become the uncontested leader of e-commerce in the US, and after having expanded to many countries, it has also developed further into brick-and-mortar retail with the acquisition of Whole Foods Market, as well as publishing, electronics, cloud computing, video streaming, and production, among other investments.

Website: amazon.com – Market Cap.: $1,601.7 Billion – Stock ticker: AMZN

2. Microsoft

Microsoft logoSector: Technology – Industry: Software—Infrastructure

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.: $1,768.7 Billion – Stock ticker: MSFT

1. Apple

Apple logoSector: Technology – Industry: Consumer Electronics

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.: $2,184.5 Billion – Stock ticker: AAPL

Summary: Top 10 companies in the S&P 500 index 2021

To give you a quick review of the largest companies in the S&P 500 index in 2021, here are the top 10 S&P 500 companies by market capitalization as of February 22, 2021.

      1. Apple – $2.184 Trillion
      2. Microsoft – $1.769 Trillion
      3. Amazon – $1.602 Trillion
      4. Alphabet – $1.392 Trillion
      5. Facebook – $741.5 Billion
      6. Tesla – $685.8 Billion
      7. Berkshire Hathaway – $575.6 Billion
      8. JPMorgan – $455.6 Billion
      9. Visa – $445.2 Billion
      10. Johnson & Johnson – $426.1 Billion

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Here are the 30 largest S&P 500 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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