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Industry Rank Industry 2008 Profits
as % of
Assets
1 Medical Products and Equipment 13.1
2 Network and Other Communications Equipment 12.9
3 Pharmaceuticals 11.5
4 Food Services 11.4
5 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 10.1
6 Household and Personal Products 9.6
7 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 8.6
8 Internet Services and Retailing 8.3
9 Aerospace and Defense 8.1
10 Wholesalers: Diversified 7.8
11 Industrial Machinery 7.5
12 Petroleum Refining 7.0
13 Metals 6.9
14 Food Consumer Products 6.8
15 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 6.7
16 Specialty Retailers 6.4
17 Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment 6.1
18 Railroads 5.8
19 Chemicals 5.5
20 Computers, Office Equipment 5.4
21 Construction and Farm Machinery 5.3
22 Wholesalers: Health Care 5.3
23 Mining, Crude-Oil production 5.2
24 Information Technology Services 5.1
25 General Merchandisers 4.9
26 Engineering, Construction 4.8
27 Food and Drug Stores 4.3
28 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 3.9
29 Packaging, Containers 3.3
30 Utilities: Gas and Electric 2.9
31 Health Care: Medical Facilities 2.8
32 Beverages 2.5
33 Pipelines 2.4
34 Energy 2.4
35 Securities 2.3
36 Financial Data Services 2.3
37 Telecommunications 2.3
38 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components 1.9
39 Food Production 1.1
40 Home Equipment, Furnishings 0.9
41 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 0.6
42 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 0.4
43 Commercial Banks 0.3
44 Diversified Financials -0.1
45 Hotels, Casinos, Resorts -0.1
46 Motor Vehicles and Parts -0.5
47 Insurance: Life, Health (mutual) -0.5
48 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment -1.6
49 Entertainment -3.1
50 Forest and Paper Products -8.2
51 Automotive Retailing, Services -10.2
52 Real Estate -11.8
53 Airlines -14.0
Issue date: May 4, 2009
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California 51
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Exxon Mobil $45,220.0
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Microsoft $17,681.0
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