Some of the Fortune 500 companies in 2014 were Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Apple and Ford. Wal-Mart was the top company, while McGraw Hill Financial, which sells financial data, was number 500.
Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, was also number one in 2013. The company is a discount retailer, and its rivals include Target and Amazon.com. Target, based in Minneapolis, was number 36, and Amazon, based in Seattle, was number 29.
Companies in the Fortune 500 represent fields such as health care, commercial banks, computer software, household and personal products, and food and drug stores. In health care, McKesson came in 11th, UnitedHealth Group 14th and AmerisourceBergen 16th.
For commercial banks, JP Morgan Chase came in 21st, Bank of America 23rd and Citigroup 28th. JP Morgan Chase, based in New York City, plays a big role in the repo lending market, which is an aspect the public rarely sees. In computer software, Microsoft placed 31st, while Oracle landed 81st. Symantec placed 405th. Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, found cloud computing lucrative in 2014.
In household and personal products, Procter and Gamble placed 32nd, while Kimberly-Clark landed at 140. In food and drug stores, CVS came in 10th, Kroger 20th and Walgreens 35th.