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Top companies: Most profitable
Rank Company 500 Rank 2009 Profits as % of Equity
1 Energy Transfer Equity 388 291,100.7
2 Pitney Bowes 375 3,099.2
3 Toys "R" Us 171 367.1
4 Western Union 413 240.1
5 Philip Morris International 94 111.0
6 Yum Brands 216 104.5
7 Campbell Soup 299 101.1
8 Coca-Cola Enterprises 113 85.1
9 Celanese 414 83.6
10 Altria Group 137 78.8
11 H.J. Heinz 233 75.7
12 Colgate-Palmolive 151 73.5
13 Lockheed Martin 44 73.2
14 Bristol-Myers Squibb 114 71.5
15 Liberty Media 227 63.9
16 Boeing 28 61.7
17 Hershey 395 60.5
18 International Business Machines 20 59.3
19 Advanced Micro Devices 390 58.0
20 Kellogg 184 53.3
21 Constellation Energy 149 51.1
22 Avon Products 228 49.2
23 Rockwell Collins 462 46.0
24 Eli Lilly 112 45.5
25 TJX 119 42.0
26 MasterCard 411 41.7
27 Gilead Sciences 324 41.4
28 McGraw-Hill 363 39.5
29 Health Management Associates 443 38.9
30 Ross Stores 316 38.3
31 Microsoft 36 36.8
32 PepsiCo 50 35.2
33 Kimberly-Clark 126 34.9
34 H&R Block 493 34.5
35 C.H. Robinson Worldwide 301 33.4
36 FMC Technologies 467 32.8
37 DirecTV Group 116 32.4
37 McDonald's 108 32.4
39 Baxter International 185 30.7
40 Sysco 55 30.6
41 Consol Energy 449 30.2
42 Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold 154 30.1
43 Sherwin-Williams 319 29.2
44 Tenet Healthcare 253 28.9
45 United Parcel Service 43 28.2
46 Nordstrom 270 28.1
47 Mosaic 231 27.7
48 Coca-Cola 72 27.5
49 Laboratory Corp. of America 442 25.8
50 Dell 38 25.4
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
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California 57
Texas 57
New York 56
Company 2009 $ (millions)
Exxon Mobil $19,280.0
Microsoft $14,569.0
Wal-Mart Stores $14,335.0
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