1956 Full list
1 General Motors 12,443.3 1,189.5
2 Exxon Mobil 6,272.4 709.3
3 Ford Motor 5,594.0 437.0
4 U.S. Steel 4,097.7 370.1
5 Chrysler 3,466.2 100.1
6 General Electric 3,095.4 200.9
7 Esmark 2,404.1 22.9
8 Bethlehem Steel 2,096.6 180.2
9 Armour 1,967.7 10.1
10 DuPont 1,909.2 431.6
11 Gulf Oil 1,895.7 218.1
12 AT&T Technologies 1,853.3 63.3
13 Mobil 1,839.3 207.4
14 Amoco 1,781.3 157.1
15 Texaco 1,767.3 262.7
16 Shell Oil 1,484.1 125.5
17 CBS 1,441.0 42.8
18 Goodyear Tire & Rubber 1,372.2 59.7
19 ChevronTexaco 1,277.8 231.1
20 Kraft 1,260.2 40.3
21 Republic Steel 1,188.6 86.3
22 Union Carbide 1,187.2 140.8
23 Navistar International 1,165.8 55.5
24 Firestone Tire & Rubber 1,114.9 55.4
25 Sinclair Oil 1,110.1 80.7
26 RCA 1,055.3 47.5
27 Procter & Gamble 965.8 57.5
28 Uniroyal 925.5 33.6
29 Citgo Petroleum 923.2 49.3
30 ConocoPhillips 910.8 95.2
31 Douglas Aircraft 867.5 28.2
32 Boeing 853.8 30.4
33 Alcoa 845.0 87.6
34 General Foods 824.8 31.7
35 Rockwell Automation 816.7 32.3
36 Borden Chemical 810.1 21.7
37 International Paper 796.4 83.1
38 Goodrich 755.0 46.7
39 American Can 714.8 36.0
40 Eastman Kodak 714.4 85.6
41 United Technologies 697.9 31.1
42 Jones & Laughlin Steel 696.5 50.1
43 ARMCO 692.7 64.4
44 Sperry 688.0 44.0
45 General Dynamics 687.3 21.3
46 Lockheed Martin 673.6 17.3
47 Continental Group 666.3 24.2
48 Sunoco 660.3 48.3
49 AMAX 660.2 19.8
50 Ryerson Tull 659.7 52.5
51 Wilson 650.5 4.6
52 Anaconda 636.2 65.3
53 Honeywell Intl. 628.5 52.1
54 National Intergroup 622.0 48.3
55 Youngstown Sheet & Tube 617.4 41.7
56 Fortune Brands 585.9 51.7
57 PPG Industries 582.0 61.4
58 Bendix 567.2 25.9
59 Intl. Business Machines 563.5 55.9
60 Olin 560.5 44.6
61 BorgWarner 552.2 41.1
62 Kennecott 548.3 125.5
63 Republic Aviation 547.4 14.7
64 Asarco 540.5 33.5
65 Allis-Chalmers 535.1 24.8
66 NL Industries 533.7 47.9
67 Conoco 528.9 46.4
68 Caterpillar 523.9 34.8
69 Monsanto 522.3 42.2
70 Burlington Industries Equity 515.2 16.4
71 General Mills 513.7 12.4
72 Atlantic Richfield 513.0 39.5
73 Curtiss-Wright 508.7 35.1
74 Pure Oil 485.1 35.2
75 Studebaker 480.0 -29.7
76 Tidewater Oil 478.8 37.8
77 Dow Chemical 470.7 37.4
78 Nabisco Group Holdings 466.3 53.3
79 American Cyanamid 451.1 38.7
80 ITT Industries 448.4 23.1
81 American Motors 441.1 -7.0
82 Sealed Air 427.1 18.8
83 Crown Zellerbach 414.1 44.1
84 Standard Brands 400.7 10.6
85 Nabisco Brands 389.6 18.3
86 Foremost Dairies 388.1 8.7
87 Ralston Purina 385.5 12.6
88 Reynolds Metals 384.9 34.3
89 Campbell Soup 377.6 29.1
90 Philco 373.4 8.4
91 Owens-Illinois 370.3 27.0
92 Merritt-Chapman & Scott 360.3 10.7
93 Unocal 359.5 30.5
94 Singer 354.1 18.1
95 Phelps Dodge 353.4 72.3
96 United Merchants & Mfrs. 341.8 15.5
97 Pillsbury 341.1 5.3
98 BP America 339.7 23.0
99 American Standard 339.6 22.6
100 Deere 339.6 28.3
 
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