1978 Assets
1 Exxon Mobil 2 38,453.3
2 General Motors 1 26,658.3
3 Mobil 4 20,576.0
4 Ford Motor 3 19,241.3
5 Intl. Business Machines 7 18,978.4
6 Texaco 5 18,926.0
7 ChevronTexaco 6 14,822.3
8 Gulf Oil 8 14,225.0
9 General Electric 9 13,696.8
10 Amoco 12 12,884.3
11 ITT Industries 11 12,285.5
12 Atlantic Richfield 13 11,119.0
13 U.S. Steel 15 9,914.4
14 Shell Oil 14 8,876.8
15 Tenneco Automotive 19 8,278.3
16 BP America 66 7,778.0
17 Dow Chemical 25 7,675.2
18 Chrysler 10 7,668.2
19 DuPont 16 7,430.6
20 Union Carbide 21 7,423.2
21 Conoco 17 6,625.2
22 Eastman Kodak 29 5,904.2
23 AT&T Technologies 18 5,875.5
24 ConocoPhillips 24 5,836.5
25 CBS 26 5,527.6
26 Sunoco 23 5,181.0
27 Xerox 39 4,906.3
28 Bethlehem Steel 35 4,898.9
29 Unocal 33 4,724.5
30 Goodyear Tire & Rubber 22 4,677.9
31 Procter & Gamble 20 4,487.2
32 RCA 30 4,351.7
33 Monsanto 44 4,350.1
34 Caterpillar 32 4,345.6
35 Nabisco Group Holdings 41 4,334.0
36 Getty Oil 72 4,173.3
37 Gulf & Western Industries 59 4,159.1
38 Occidental Petroleum 27 4,134.4
39 Altria Group 52 4,048.0
40 Weyerhaeuser 74 4,038.0
41 International Paper 57 3,839.6
42 Alcoa 70 3,802.0
43 Navistar International 28 3,788.1
44 Citgo Petroleum 47 3,739.6
45 3M 50 3,529.6
46 Marathon Oil 48 3,445.6
47 Firestone Tire & Rubber 46 3,395.7
48 Rockwell Automation 31 3,392.2
49 Deere 60 3,366.5
50 Amerada Hess 45 2,998.0
51 AMAX 189 2,996.2
52 United Technologies 34 2,979.3
53 Sealed Air 51 2,941.0
54 Georgia-Pacific 56 2,929.0
55 ARMCO 62 2,882.8
56 Honeywell Intl. 80 2,872.2
57 Sperry 75 2,841.5
58 National Intergroup 77 2,827.6
59 Fortune Brands 86 2,821.5
60 Continental Group 58 2,723.8
61 Unisys 123 2,665.5
62 Kennecott 258 2,658.9
63 Whitman 134 2,613.2
64 Ashland 42 2,610.4
65 McDonnell Douglas 64 2,467.5
66 Champion International 68 2,464.7
67 Reynolds Metals 104 2,462.4
68 Pfizer 126 2,448.3
69 Boeing 49 2,440.4
70 Honeywell 82 2,429.4
71 Republic Steel 84 2,406.3
72 Kaisertech 114 2,374.7
73 General Foods 40 2,345.0
74 NCR 98 2,340.8
75 Owens-Illinois 92 2,307.1
76 Ryerson Tull 94 2,302.4
77 Coca-Cola 61 2,223.9
78 American Cyanamid 101 2,222.3
79 American Can 65 2,175.5
80 Dresser Industries 97 2,173.3
81 Signal Companies 79 2,152.8
82 FMC 103 2,141.5
83 Beatrice 36 2,128.9
84 PPG Industries 99 2,115.9
85 Warner-Lambert 96 2,107.2
86 Kraft 38 2,085.4
87 LTV 43 2,066.0
88 Litton Industries 69 2,063.8
89 TRW 76 2,056.7
90 Pennzoil 199 2,049.7
91 PepsiCo 63 2,047.3
92 Johnson & Johnson 81 2,019.8
93 Celanese 106 2,010.0
94 Merck 147 1,993.4
95 Colgate-Palmolive 54 1,971.0
96 St. Regis 129 1,927.4
97 Borden Chemical 67 1,901.6
98 Williams 201 1,882.8
99 Phelps Dodge 250 1,859.9
100 Control Data 170 1,844.0
 
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