30 Largest Hotel, Motel and Cruise Line Companies by Market Cap 2017

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Here are a list of 30 of the largest hotel chain, motel and cruise line companies by market cap as of January 2017.  This sector had an average return on assets of 2% with wide variation based on the different business models of these companies. RIC Name  USD Market Cap (Millions) CCL.L / CUK Carnival […]

14 Largest Beer Brewing Stocks by Market Cap 2017

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As a Friday list, I thought I’d post a reference of 14 of the largest listed beer brewing companies in our universe by market cap.  It’s worth noting that Anheuser Busch InBev (perhaps most famous for Budweiser) is larger than the other 13 combined, it shows its economy of scale in having a higher than […]

The 200 Largest Drug / Pharmaceutical Companies by Market Cap 2017

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Legal drugs are a big business, with over 200 companies each worth at least US$200 million, and 7 worth over $100 billion.  Medicines are one of the few types of products I find advertised about equally in the US and in Hong Kong (otherwise I think of the US as mostly advertising cars and consumer […]

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30 Largest Restaurant Stocks in 2017

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It may or may not surprise you to consider McDonald’s and Starbucks as the world’s largest restaurant company. As a professional having lots of meetings in coffee shops, I naturally wonder about Starbucks’ and its competitors’ profitability while I am waiting for my next meeting. On the other hand, it may not be too surprising […]

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Top 30 Largest Non-Alcoholic Beverage Stocks 2017

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This is mostly a list of Coca-cola and its bottlers/distributors and competitors.  Complimenting my posts on beer brewers and wineries & distillers, here are a list of the 30 largest non-alcoholic beverage companies as of January 2017: (Note that Starbucks is considered a Bar & Restaurant company, not a beverage company) RIC Name  USD Market […]

50 Largest Listed Healthcare Providers by Market Cap 2017

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Here is a reference list of the 50 largest healthcare service and hospital & clinic providers as of January 2017.  This is an attractive sector as global populations age and have more money to spend on health care, and ROA rates tend to cluster around 7% in this moderately capital intensive but still skill and […]

77 Largest Casino Stocks by Market Cap 2017

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As a rare Saturday post, here is a reference list of 77 of the largest listed casino, gambling, and gaming stocks on major exchanges as of January 2017. Gambling and casinos are a classic “sin sector” of “vice stocks”, where “vice investing” is considered the opposite of “ethical investing”.  In an earlier post on my […]

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35 Largest Life & Health Insurance Companies by Market Cap 2017

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Like banks, if not more than banks, insurance companies benefit from economies of scale and diversification that comes from pooling diverse risks.  What should stand out looking at this list of some of the world’s largest life insurance and health insurance companies is how much larger the Asian insurers, even though the US still has […]

Top 30 Largest Banks by Market Cap 2017

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Consumer celebrity Clark Howard recently shared the rule of thumb that, on average, the larger the bank, the poorer the customer service.  If this is true, it may not be too encouraging to know that among industry sectors, banks are one type of business dominated by enormous mega-firms.  Here, each the top 30 largest banks […]

30 Largest Airlines by Market Cap (and 20 Largest Listed Airport Operators) 2017

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Airlines have notoriously been a terrible sector to invest in, being capital hungry and fiercely competitive among other hazard, but represent some of the many international brands most easily remembered by those who enjoy travel as much as I do.  Perhaps one reason we know their brands so well is because brand wars are so […]