Industry champions
These companies are the most admired in their sector, according to their peers.
Company Industry Overall score
3M Medical and Other Precision Equipment 6.96
Aetna Health Care: Insurance, Managed Care 7.39
Aflac Insurance: Life and Health 6.68
Alcoa Metals 7.05
Altria Group Tobacco 8.01
Anheuser-Busch Beverages 7.50
Aramark Diversified Outsourcing Services 6.62
Archer Daniels Midland Food Production 7.06
AT&T Telecommunications 7.05
Avnet Wholesalers: Electronics 6.97
Bank of America Megabanks 6.69
Bank of New York Mellon Superregional Banks (U.S.) 6.78
BASF Chemicals 7.06
Berkshire Hathaway Insurance: Property and Casualty 7.78
BMW Motor Vehicles 6.50
Caterpillar Industrial and Farm Equipment 7.61
Cisco Systems Network Communications 7.36
Continental Airlines Airlines 7.71
Costco Wholesale Specialty Retailers 6.92
Dun & Bradstreet Financial Data Services 6.98
EMC Computer Peripherals 7.63
EMCOR Group* Engineering, Construction 7.55
Exxon Mobil Petroleum Refining 7.79
FedEx Delivery 7.56
Fortune Brands Household Products 7.81
FPL Group Electric and Gas 6.80
General Electric Electronics 7.44
Goldman Sachs Group Securities 7.75
Google Internet Services and Retailing 7.73
Graybar Electric Wholesalers: Diversified 8.08
Henry Schein Wholesalers: Health Care 6.84
Herman Miller Furniture 7.83
Host Hotels & Resorts Real Estate 6.59
IBM Infotech Services 7.55
Integrys Energy Group Energy 7.94
Intel Semiconductors 7.57
International Paper Forest and Paper Products 8.56
Intuit Computer Software 7.41
Jacobs Engineering Group* Engineering, Construction 7.55
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals 7.31
KB Home Homebuilders 6.58
Kindred Healthcare Health Care: Medical Facilities 6.36
Landstar System Trucking 6.64
Marriott International Hotels, Casinos, Resorts 8.22
Martin Marietta Materials Building Materials, Glass 6.80
McDonald's Food Services 7.72
Medco Health Solutions Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 7.68
Nestlé Consumer Food Products 8.08
Nike Apparel 8.02
Occidental Petroleum Mining, Crude-Oil Production 8.04
Pactiv Packaging, Containers 7.27
Penske Automotive Group Automotive, Retailing 6.59
Procter & Gamble Soaps and Cosmetics 7.69
Robert Half International Temporary Help 6.70
Simon Property Group Real Estate 6.59
Spectra Energy Pipelines 6.61
Sysco Wholesalers: Food and Grocery 7.98
Tesco Food and Drug Stores 7.11
Toyota Industries Motor Vehicle Parts 6.84
Union Pacific Railroads 7.97
United Technologies Aerospace and Defense 7.30
Visa Consumer Credit Card and Related Services 6.98
Wal-Mart Stores General Merchandisers 7.29
Walt Disney Entertainment 8.53
Washington Post Publishing: Newspapers, Magazines 7.34
Xerox Computers 7.28
From the March 16, 2009 issue
* This year companies whose industry scores are equal when rounded to two places will receive the same rank, i.e., they will tie. In cases of ties, companies are listed in alphabetical order.
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