1956 Profits
1 General Motors 1 1,189.5
2 Exxon Mobil 2 709.3
3 Ford Motor 3 437.0
4 DuPont 10 431.6
5 U.S. Steel 4 370.1
6 Texaco 15 262.7
7 ChevronTexaco 19 231.1
8 Gulf Oil 11 218.1
9 Mobil 13 207.4
10 General Electric 6 200.9
11 Bethlehem Steel 8 180.2
12 Amoco 14 157.1
13 Union Carbide 22 140.8
14 Shell Oil 16 125.5
15 Kennecott 62 125.5
16 Chrysler 5 100.1
17 ConocoPhillips 30 95.2
18 Alcoa 33 87.6
19 Republic Steel 21 86.3
20 Eastman Kodak 40 85.6
21 International Paper 37 83.1
22 Sinclair Oil 25 80.7
23 Phelps Dodge 95 72.3
24 Anaconda 52 65.3
25 ARMCO 43 64.4
26 AT&T Technologies 12 63.3
27 PPG Industries 57 61.4
28 Goodyear Tire & Rubber 18 59.7
29 Procter & Gamble 27 57.5
30 Intl. Business Machines 59 55.9
31 Navistar International 23 55.5
32 Firestone Tire & Rubber 24 55.4
33 Nabisco Group Holdings 78 53.3
34 Ryerson Tull 50 52.5
35 Honeywell Intl. 53 52.1
36 Fortune Brands 56 51.7
37 Jones & Laughlin Steel 42 50.1
38 Citgo Petroleum 29 49.3
39 Weyerhaeuser 109 49.2
40 Sunoco 48 48.3
41 National Intergroup 54 48.3
42 NL Industries 66 47.9
43 RCA 26 47.5
44 Goodrich 38 46.7
45 Conoco 67 46.4
46 Olin 60 44.6
47 Crown Zellerbach 83 44.1
48 Sperry 44 44.0
49 CBS 17 42.8
50 Monsanto 69 42.2
51 Youngstown Sheet & Tube 55 41.7
52 Marathon Oil 139 41.3
53 BorgWarner 61 41.1
54 USG 137 40.4
55 Kraft 20 40.3
56 Sunray DX Oil 115 39.5
57 Atlantic Richfield 72 39.5
58 American Cyanamid 79 38.7
59 Tidewater Oil 76 37.8
60 Dow Chemical 77 37.4
61 Aeroquip-Vickers 126 36.0
62 American Can 39 36.0
63 Pure Oil 74 35.2
64 Curtiss-Wright 73 35.1
65 Caterpillar 68 34.8
66 3M 125 34.7
67 Reynolds Metals 88 34.3
68 Uniroyal 28 33.6
69 Asarco 64 33.5
70 Texasgulf 321 32.4
71 Rockwell Automation 35 32.3
72 Skelly Oil 158 32.2
73 General Foods 34 31.7
74 United Technologies 41 31.1
75 Unocal 93 30.5
76 Boeing 32 30.4
77 Richfield Oil 149 29.6
78 Campbell Soup 89 29.1
79 Gillette 194 29.0
80 Kaisertech 131 28.6
81 Deere 100 28.3
82 Douglas Aircraft 31 28.2
83 Ingersoll-Rand 238 27.5
84 Coca-Cola 143 27.5
85 Owens-Illinois 91 27.0
86 Liggett Group 116 26.7
87 Bendix 58 25.9
88 Amerada Hess 303 25.4
89 Allis-Chalmers 65 24.8
90 American Viscose 136 24.7
91 Continental Group 47 24.2
92 Manville 123 23.5
93 ITT Industries 80 23.1
94 BP America 98 23.0
95 Esmark 7 22.9
96 American Standard 99 22.6
97 J.E. Seagram 159 22.3
98 Timken 182 22.1
99 Borden Chemical 36 21.7
100 Scott Paper 146 21.3
 
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