'AAA' Rated Companies: And Then There Were Six

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 |  Includes: ADP, BRK.A, BRK.B, GE, JNJ, MSFT, PFE, XOM
by: Bespoke Investment Group

This morning, Standard and Poor's came out and surprised no one when it lowered General Electric's (NYSE:GE) credit rating one notch from 'AAA' to 'AA+'. With this downgrade, only six publicly traded US companies now hold the coveted status of a AAA rating:

  • Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP)
  • Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)
  • Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)
  • General Electric (GE)
  • Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)
  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
  • Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)