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Foreign companies are increasingly gaining more attention from US investors. A quick review of the largest companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) shows that 8 of the top 10 companies (by market cap) are foreign companies.

The top 10 companies on the NYSE by market cap are:

1. ExxoMobil Corp (NYSE:XOM)
Market Cap: $329B

2. PetroChina (NYSE:PTR)
Market Cap: $237B

3. BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP)
Market Cap:$222B

4. Petrobras (NYSE:PBR)
Market Cap:$210B

5. HSBC Holdings (HBC)
Market Cap:$206B

6. Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)
Market Cap:$203B

7. China Mobile (NYSE:CHL)
Market Cap:$191B

8. Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A)
Market Cap: $190B

9. BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL)
Market Cap:$187B

10. BP Plc (NYSE:BP)
Market Cap: $186B

The US oil giant Exxon Mobil has the largest market cap at $329B. The only other US company on this list is the world’s largest employer, Wal-Mart at $203B. None of the US banks made the list.

The three emerging market companies on this list are China Mobile, Petrobras and China Mobile. Among financials, only HSBC Holdings of the UK made it, coming in at number five with a total market cap of $206B. Seven of the companies listed here are from the energy or mining industries.

Source: Foreign Names Dominate List of Top NYSE Companies by Market Cap