Top 10 for financial soundness

Exxon Mobil and Intel are among the most respected for financial strength this year. Which other admired companies get top marks from their peers?

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1. Exxon Mobil
Exxon Mobil
2008 was a rough year for corporate earnings--unless you're Fortune 500 giant Exxon Mobil. The oil and gas producer extracted $45 billion in profits last year, more than any U.S. company has ever earned in a single year.

Unsurprisingly, profits tumbled last quarter when gas prices finally came down. But Exxon hedged its losses with sales of refined profits like gasoline, where profits fell less. --M.K.

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Last updated March 04 2009: 10:55 AM ET
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