Fortune 500: The Top 50

Wal-Mart retakes the No. 1 slot on the Fortune 500 this year. See where America's largest corporations rank, and why.

22. Merrill Lynch
22. Merrill Lynch
Fortune 500 rank: 22 (Previous rank: 34)
2006 Revenues (millions): $70,591
Headquarters: New York, NY
Get quote: MER

The Wall Street brokerage firm waltzed its way up the list 12 spots with a record year in stock trades and private equity investments. Revenues are up 48% over last year. Profits jumped 47% to $7.31 billion, a company record that beats even its highs during the 1990's dot-com boom. Also helping to make it the second most profitable firm on Wall Street last year was its $10 billion acquisition of a 50% stake in money manager BlackRock.

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Wal-Mart

Exxon Mobil

General Motors

Chevron

ConocoPhillips

General Electric

Ford Motor

Citigroup

Bank of America Corp.

American International Group

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Berkshire Hathaway

Verizon

Hewlett-
Packard

International Business Machines

Valero Energy

Home Depot

McKesson

Cardinal Health

Morgan Stanley

UnitedHealth Group

Merrill Lynch

Altria Group

Goldman Sachs Group

Procter & Gamble

Kroger

AT&T

Boeing

Amerisource Bergen

Marathon Oil

State Farm Insurance Cos.

Costco Wholesale

Target

Dell

WellPoint

Johnson & Johnson

MetLife

Sears Holdings

Pfizer

Dow Chemical

Wells Fargo

United Technologies

United Parcel Service

Walgreen

Lowe's

Wachovia Corp.

Lehman Brothers Holdings

Time Warner

Microsoft

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