1978 Full list
1 General Motors 54,961.3 3,337.5
2 Exxon Mobil 54,126.2 2,423.0
3 Ford Motor 37,841.5 1,672.8
4 Mobil 32,125.8 1,004.7
5 Texaco 27,920.5 930.8
6 ChevronTexaco 20,917.3 1,016.4
7 Intl. Business Machines 18,133.2 2,719.4
8 Gulf Oil 17,840.0 752.0
9 General Electric 17,518.6 1,088.2
10 Chrysler 16,708.3 163.2
11 ITT Industries 13,145.7 550.7
12 Amoco 13,019.9 1,011.6
13 Atlantic Richfield 10,969.1 701.5
14 Shell Oil 10,112.1 735.1
15 U.S. Steel 9,609.9 137.9
16 DuPont 9,434.8 545.1
17 Conoco 8,700.3 380.6
18 AT&T Technologies 8,134.6 490.1
19 Tenneco Automotive 7,440.3 426.9
20 Procter & Gamble 7,284.3 461.5
21 Union Carbide 7,036.1 385.1
22 Goodyear Tire & Rubber 6,627.8 205.8
23 Sunoco 6,418.1 361.9
24 ConocoPhillips 6,284.2 516.9
25 Dow Chemical 6,234.3 555.7
26 CBS 6,137.7 250.8
27 Occidental Petroleum 6,006.0 217.9
28 Navistar International 5,975.1 203.7
29 Eastman Kodak 5,967.0 643.4
30 RCA 5,880.9 247.0
31 Rockwell Automation 5,858.7 144.1
32 Caterpillar 5,848.9 445.1
33 Unocal 5,668.5 334.2
34 United Technologies 5,550.7 196.0
35 Bethlehem Steel 5,370.0 -448.2
36 Beatrice 5,288.6 182.6
37 Esmark 5,280.2 67.0
38 Kraft 5,238.8 154.1
39 Xerox 5,076.9 406.6
40 General Foods 4,909.7 177.3
41 Nabisco Group Holdings 4,816.0 423.5
42 Ashland 4,785.6 164.3
43 LTV 4,703.3 -38.7
44 Monsanto 4,594.5 275.6
45 Amerada Hess 4,591.3 178.9
46 Firestone Tire & Rubber 4,426.9 110.2
47 Citgo Petroleum 4,388.2 210.2
48 Marathon Oil 4,252.0 197.0
49 Boeing 4,018.8 180.3
50 3M 3,980.3 412.9
51 Sealed Air 3,976.2 140.5
52 Altria Group 3,849.5 334.9
53 Greyhound 3,841.5 82.5
54 Colgate-Palmolive 3,837.2 160.5
55 Ralston Purina 3,756.3 142.7
56 Georgia-Pacific 3,675.0 262.0
57 International Paper 3,668.9 233.7
58 Continental Group 3,660.9 143.8
59 Gulf & Western Industries 3,643.0 150.3
60 Deere 3,604.0 255.6
61 Coca-Cola 3,559.9 326.2
62 ARMCO 3,549.2 119.8
63 PepsiCo 3,545.7 187.3
64 McDonnell Douglas 3,544.8 123.0
65 American Can 3,538.6 114.0
66 BP America 3,523.2 181.1
67 Borden Chemical 3,481.3 126.9
68 Champion International 3,442.3 138.6
69 Litton Industries 3,440.5 55.9
70 Alcoa 3,416.5 195.2
71 Lockheed Martin 3,372.8 55.4
72 Getty Oil 3,319.4 309.1
73 Bendix 3,283.2 118.1
74 Weyerhaeuser 3,282.8 303.9
75 Sperry 3,270.0 156.8
76 TRW 3,263.9 154.2
77 National Intergroup 3,138.9 60.1
78 Farmland Industries 3,016.4 N.A.
79 Signal Companies 2,964.4 101.5
80 Honeywell Intl. 2,922.8 135.3
81 Johnson & Johnson 2,914.1 247.3
82 Honeywell 2,911.1 145.1
83 General Mills 2,909.4 117.0
84 Republic Steel 2,909.4 41.0
85 General Dynamics 2,901.2 103.4
86 Fortune Brands 2,892.0 157.8
87 Sara Lee 2,891.9 88.1
88 Bestfoods 2,869.8 132.9
89 Raytheon 2,818.3 113.2
90 Textron 2,802.2 136.9
91 CBS 2,776.3 182.0
92 Owens-Illinois 2,767.3 91.3
93 Wyeth 2,685.1 306.2
94 Ryerson Tull 2,681.6 87.8
95 Uniroyal 2,581.9 34.8
96 Warner-Lambert 2,542.7 187.6
97 Dresser Industries 2,538.8 185.1
98 NCR 2,521.6 143.6
99 PPG Industries 2,505.8 91.7
100 Chiquita Brands Intl. 2,421.9 7.5
 
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