A Look at Top 10 Foreign, U.S. Companies by Market Cap on NYSE

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 |  Includes: AAPL, BBL, BHP, BP, BRK.A, CHL, CVX, GE, HSBC, IBM, JNJ, JPM, PBR, PG, PTR, RDS.A, RIO, T, VALE, WMT, XOM
by: David Hunkar

The table below lists the top 10 foreign companies by market cap trading on the New York Stock Exchange:

No. Name Ticker Market Capitalization (in $ billions as of Jan 6, 2011) Sector Dividend Yield
1 BHP Billiton Limited BHP $247.40 Metal Mining 1.97%
2 PetroChina Company Limited PTR $239.80 Oil & Gas Operations 3.58%
3 Petroleo Brasileiro SA PBR $236.40 Oil & Gas - Integrated 0.40%
4 BHP Billiton plc BBL $216.10 Metal Mining 2.25%
5 Royal Dutch Shell plc RDS.A $205.80 Oil & Gas - Integrated 4.98%
6 China Mobile Ltd. CHL $199.30 Communications Services 3.65%
7 HSBC Holdings plc HBC $188.40 Banking 3.07%
8 Vale VALE $184.70 Metal Mining N/A
9 BP plc BP $144.80 Oil & Gas - Integrated N/A
10 Rio Tinto plc RIO $134.70 Metal Mining 1.22%
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Some observations:

  • Eight out of the 10 companies are in the natural resources sector. This shows the growing importance of the commodity sector.
  • The only foreign banking group in this list is the U.K.-based HSBC Holdings.
  • Despite talks of going under (or) being taken over after the gulf oil spill disaster last year, BP plc not only survived intact but now has a market cap of $144.0 billion.

The table below lists the top 10 U.S. companies by market cap trading on the New York Stock Exchange:

No. Name Ticker Market Capitalization (in $ billions) Sector & Industry Dividend Yield
1 Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM $379.10 Oil & Gas - Integrated 2.35%
2 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRK.A $199.20 Insurance (Prop. & Casualty) N/A
3 General Electric Company GE $197.60 Consumer Financial Services 3.01%
4 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. WMT $192.20 Retail (Department & Discount) 2.21%
5 International Business Machines Corp. IBM $184.70 Computer Services 1.76%
6 The Procter & Gamble Company PG $183.60 Personal & Household Prods. 2.97%
7 Chevron Corporation CVX $182.50 Oil & Gas - Integrated 3.14%
8 JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM $173.90 Banking 0.45%
9 Johnson & Johnson JNJ $173.60 Major Drugs 3.41%
10 AT&T Inc. T $172.30 Communications Services 5.76%
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Some observations:

  • U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil has the largest market cap on the NYSE.
  • Telecom services provider AT&T pays a high dividend of 5.76%.
  • The only bank in this list is JPMorgan Chase. JPM has a low dividend yield of just 0.45%.
  • Among the many drug makers, Johnson & Johnson is a long-time highly valued company.

Note: Apple (AAPL) has a market cap of $306 billion, next only to Exxon Mobil but is not on the list above since Apple trades on the Nasdaq.

Disclosure: No positions