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Top companies: Most profitable
Rank Company 500 Rank 2009 Profits as % of Revenues
1 Liberty Media 227 62.1
2 Bristol-Myers Squibb 114 49.1
3 Merck 85 47.0
4 Gilead Sciences 324 37.6
5 Corning 391 37.2
6 Visa 326 34.0
7 Amgen 159 31.5
8 MasterCard 411 28.7
9 Constellation Energy 149 28.5
10 Google 102 27.6
11 eBay 267 27.4
12 Goldman Sachs Group 39 25.9
13 Philip Morris International 94 25.3
14 Microsoft 36 24.9
15 Oracle 105 24.1
16 Mosaic 231 22.8
17 XTO Energy 258 22.3
18 Biogen Idec 471 22.2
19 Coca-Cola 72 22.0
20 Franklin Resources 495 21.4
21 Northern Trust Corp. 497 20.6
22 McDonald's 108 20.0
23 Eli Lilly 112 19.8
23 Johnson & Johnson 33 19.8
25 Altria Group 137 19.1
26 Occidental Petroleum 150 18.8
27 Abbott Laboratories 75 18.7
28 BlackRock 441 18.6
29 Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold 154 18.3
30 Monsanto 197 18.0
31 Spectra Energy 437 17.9
32 Charles Schwab 465 17.8
33 Baxter International 185 17.6
34 Pfizer 40 17.3
35 United Services Automobile Association 132 17.2
36 Becton Dickinson 312 17.1
37 Cisco Systems 58 17.0
38 Procter & Gamble 22 16.9
39 Newmont Mining 295 16.8
39 Chubb 176 16.8
41 Western Union 413 16.7
42 St. Jude Medical 445 16.6
43 Stryker 333 16.5
44 CA 482 16.2
45 Discover Financial Services 286 16.0
46 Exelon 134 15.6
46 Apple 56 15.6
48 Qualcomm 225 15.3
49 Precision Castparts 325 15.1
50 Automatic Data Processing 265 15.0
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
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Rank # of Fortune 500 Companies
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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