The 10 largest companies in the world

In terms of revenue, the world’s largest companies represent relatively new, fast-growing industries and mature, slow-growing industries, from e-commerce and technology equipment to petroleum and retail. In any case, each company is the dominant force in its industry. Although each of these companies has undergone business transformation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies continue to thrive due to their unique advantages as millions of consumers have sheltered in place.

These are the 10 largest companies in the world by 12-month tracking (TTM) revenue, and they represent an amazing diversity of industries. This list is limited to companies that are publicly traded directly or through ADR in the United States or Canada. Some foreign companies may report once every six months, so there may be a longer lag time. We have to add that the other two companies are Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia, otherwise they will be added to this list; and State Grid, the state-owned power company of China.They are omitted because their stock is not publicly traded in the United States or Canada. All data in this story is provided by YCharts as of September 10, 2020.

Some of the following stocks are only traded over-the-counter (OTC) in the United States, not on exchanges. Compared with stocks traded on exchanges, the transaction costs of trading over-the-counter stocks are usually higher. This may reduce or even exceed the potential return.

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  • Revenue (TTM): US$542 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $17.9 billion
  • Market value: $392.8 billion
  • 1 year tracking total return: 22.4%
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Founded in 1962, Wal-Mart has developed into one of the world’s largest retailers. The company operates discount stores, super centers, neighborhood markets, and powerful online platforms. Wal-Mart sells a variety of goods, including clothing, household items, books, jewelry, food and beverages, medical supplies, and automotive equipment.

  • Revenue (TTM): 355.8 billion US dollars
  • Net Income (TTM): USD 486.6 million
  • Market value: $53.5 billion
  • 1 year tracking total return: -21.7%
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Sinopec is a producer and distributor of various petrochemical and petroleum products. The company’s products include gasoline, diesel, kerosene, synthetic rubber and resin, jet fuel and fertilizers, and other related products. Sinopec, also known as Sinopec, is one of the largest oil refining, natural gas and petrochemical companies in the world. It is managed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

  • Revenue (TTM): $321.8 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): USD 13.2 billion
  • Market value: $1.6 trillion
  • 1 year tracking total return: 78.5%
  • Exchange: Nasdaq

In terms of market value, Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer. The company started as an online bookstore and later developed to cover almost all retail categories. In addition to selling products through its e-commerce platform, Amazon also has subsidiaries including Whole Foods Market and home security company Ring. Amazon’s fastest growing business areas are cloud computing services, subscription products such as Amazon Prime, and streaming movies and other entertainment.

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  • Revenue (TTM): $320 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): US$1.8 billion
  • Market value: $59.2 billion
  • 1 year tracking total return: -34.8%
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

PetroChina Oil and Gas Company is engaged in petroleum exploration, development, production and sales. It also produces petrochemical products. PetroChina is a branch of China’s state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation listed on the stock exchange.

  • Revenue (TTM): $273.9 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $58.4 billion
  • Market value: US$2.0 trillion
  • 1 year tracking total return: 121.3%
  • Exchange: Nasdaq

Apple designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of consumer technology products, including smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearable devices, home entertainment devices, etc. The company’s most popular products include its iPhone series of smartphones and Mac series of computers. Apple is also building a fast-growing service business, operating a digital content store, selling streaming video games, and providing streaming services, such as Apple+, a platform for on-demand entertainment content.

  • Revenue (TTM): $264 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $8.3 billion
  • Market value: $77.2 billion
  • 1 year tracking total return: -3.6%
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

CVS is a comprehensive pharmacy healthcare provider. The company operates a chain of pharmacies with branches in the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition to retail, CVS also provides pharmacy benefit management services, mail-order pharmacy services, and disease management programs.

  • Revenue (TTM): $263.1 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): -11.3 billion USD
  • Market value: $110.1 billion
  • 1 year tracking total return: -46.5%
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange
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Royal Dutch Shell is headquartered in the Netherlands and explores, produces and refines oil through its subsidiaries. In addition to operating gas stations around the world, Shell also produces and sells fuel, lubricants and other chemicals.

  • Revenue (TTM): $260.5 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): US$22.2 billion
  • Market value: US$520.9 billion
  • 1 year tracking total return: 6.5%
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Berkshire Hathaway is a diversified holding company with companies in a wide range of fields and industries. These include insurance, energy production, rail freight, retail and manufacturing companies, etc. The company also holds a large portfolio of equity securities and derivatives.

  • Revenue (TTM): $248.6 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): US$14.4 billion
  • Market value: $182.7 billion
  • 1 year tracking total return: 1.8%
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Toyota is a Japanese automobile company that manufactures, sells, leases, and repairs passenger cars, trucks, and buses worldwide. The company also sells parts and equipment and operates financing services. In addition to its core business, Toyota also develops intelligent transportation systems using cruise control and electronic toll collection systems, and builds cruise ships and houses.

  • Revenue (TTM): $247.4 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): US$6.4 billion
  • Market value: $94.8 billion
  • 1 year tracking total return: 11.2%
  • Exchange: OTC

Volkswagen Group is the world’s largest car manufacturer by car sales.This German company manufactures, sells and repairs luxury and economy cars, sports cars, trucks and other commercial vehicles. Volkswagen’s top luxury brand is Audi.

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