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7. Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart Stores
Fortune 500 rank: 2
2008 revenue: $405.6 billion
2008 total shareholder return: 20%

Most retailers had a tough go of it last year. But Wal-Mart's heft continued to pay off, as the world's largest retailer gained more ground on competitors such as Target. Showing a 5% profit gain, Wal-Mart attracted investors who bid up shares 20% - making it one of only two Dow stocks in positive territory. (The other was McDonald's with just an 8.5% return.)

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