Top 25 Foreign Companies by Market Cap

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Includes: AMX, BBL, BHP, BP, CHL, E, GSK, HSBC, ITUB, LFC, NVS, PBR, PTR, RDS.A, RIO, SAN, SNY, TEF, TM, TOT, UL, UN, VALE, WBK
by: David Hunkar

The largest 25 foreign companies by market capitalization(excluding Canadian Stocks) traded in the New York Stock Exchange are listed below:

S. No. Name Ticker Market Capitalization as of March 25, 2010 (in billions)
1 BHP Billiton Limited (ADR) BHP $216.40
2 PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) PTR $204.60
3 China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) CHL $191.70
4 Petroleo Brasileiro SA (ADR) PBR $191.30
5 BHP Billiton plc (ADR) BBL $182.80
6 HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) HBC $177.40
7 BP plc (ADR) BP $176.90
8 Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) RDS.A $174.30
9 Vale (ADR) VALE $160.50
10 China Life Insurance Company Ltd. (ADR) LFC $128.90
11 Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) TM $126.00
12 TOTAL S.A. (ADR) TOT $125.60
13 Novartis AG (ADR) NVS $123.30
14 Rio Tinto plc (ADR) RTP $110.60
15 Banco Santander, S.A. (ADR) STD $108.60
16 Telefonica S.A. (ADR) TEF $107.90
17 GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) GSK $99.70
18 Sanofi-Aventis SA (ADR) SNY $98.90
19 Itau Unibanco Banco Holding SA (ADR) ITUB $91.60
20 Siemens AG (ADR) SI $84.20
21 Eni S.p.A. (ADR) E $83.30
22 Unilever N.V. (ADR) UN $82.80
23 Unilever plc (ADR) UL $81.90
24 America Movil S.A.B de C.V. (ADR) AMX $80.20
25 Westpac Banking WBK $74.10
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A few observations:

  • Seven of the top 10 companies are in the mining or energy sector
  • Among the foreign banks, Brazil’s Itau Unibanco, Spain’s Banco Santander, UK’s HSBC and Australia’s Westpac are in this list
  • From the BRIC countries, none of the Russian or Indian companies made it to the top 25
  • China and Brazil are represented by three companies each