What is the S&P 500? Who are the Members Today? Who Were the Original Members of the S&P?

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What is the S&P 500? Who are the Members Today? Who Were the Original Members of the S&P?

Growing up my parents almost exclusively listened to boring A.M. news stations in the car and I can distinctly remember hearing every 11 minutes (1010-wins for anyone from NY?) that the S&P was up or down a certain percentage.  While I almost can’t help but run into this number daily I don’t think there are many people who actually know what the S&P 500 is nevertheless what companies are constitutes of the index.

What is the S&P 500?

The S&P 500 is a basket or index of approximately 500 stocks that is monitored and updated every 15 seconds by Standard&Poor’s, the company who owns the trademark behind the S&P500.  Standard & Poor’s provides a brief definition/pat on their back,

…[The S&P 500 is] the best single gauge of the large cap U.S. equities market since the index was first published in 1957. The index has over US$ 4.83 trillion benchmarked, with index assets comprising approximately US$ 1.1 trillion of this total. The index includes 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy, capturing 75% coverage of U.S. equities.

While the guide to choosing members of the S&P Indexes (Free Guide) is approximately 25 pages, Wikipedia sums it up nicely for the S&P500,

The committee selects the companies in the S&P 500 so they are representative of the industries in the United States economy. In addition, companies that do not trade publicly (such as those that are privately or mutually held) and stocks that do not have sufficient liquidity are not in the index. For example, Berkshire Hathaway has a market capitalization larger than nearly all members of the S&P 500, but its extremely high stock price (over $100,000 for its more valuable Class A shares as of January 2011[9]) makes it very difficult to trade and so the committee excluded Berkshire from the index for many years. However, S&P ultimately put Berkshire’s lower-priced Class B shares into the index, replacing BNSF Railway, which Berkshire acquired. This followed Berkshire’s decision to split the Class B shares 50-to-1, which made those shares worth 11500 of an A share.By contrast, the Fortune 500 attempts to list the 500 largest public companies in the United States by gross revenue, regardless of whether their stocks trade or their liquidity, without adjustment for industry representation, and excluding companies incorporated outside the United States

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The index has traditionally been market-value weighted; that is, movements in the prices of stocks with higher market capitalizations (the share price times the number of shares outstanding) have a greater effect on the index than companies with smaller market caps.

The index is now float weighted. That is, Standard & Poor’s now calculates the market caps relevant to the index using only the number of shares (called “float”) available for public trading. This transition was made in two steps, the first on March 18, 2005 and the second on September 16, 2005.

In order to keep the S&P 500 Index comparable across time, the index needs to take into account corporate actions such as stock splits, share issuance, dividends and restructuring events (such as merger or spinoffs). Additionally, in order to keep the Index reflective of American stocks, the constituent stocks need to be changed from time to time.

To prevent the value of the Index from changing merely as a result of corporate financial actions, all such actions affecting the market value of the Index require a Divisor adjustment. Also, when a company is dropped and replaced by another with a different market capitalization, the divisor needs to be adjusted in such a way that the value of the S&P 500 Index remains constant. All Divisor adjustments are made after the close of trading and after the calculation of the closing value of the S&P 500 Index

Who are the Current Members of the S&P 500?

A large percentage of the  members of the S&P500 are likely to be familiar as they are the biggest companies in the United States.  The current members of the S&P500 (as of May 24, 2011) are:

Constituent NameConstituent SymbolConstituent NameConstituent Symbol
3M CoMMM Johnson & JohnsonJNJ
ACE LimitedACE Johnson Controls IncJCI
AES CorpAES Joy Global IncJOYG
AFLAC IncAFL Juniper Networks IncJNPR
AK Steel Hldg CorpAKS KLA-Tencor CorporationKLAC
AT&T IncT Kellogg CoK
Abbott LaboratoriesABT KeyCorpKEY
Abercrombie & Fitch Company AANF Kimberly-ClarkKMB
Adobe Systems IncADBE Kimco Realty CorpKIM
Advanced Micro DevicesAMD Kohl’s CorpKSS
Aetna IncAET Kraft Foods Inc AKFT
Agilent Technologies IncA Kroger CoKR
Air Products & Chemicals IncAPD L-3 Communications HoldingsLLL
Airgas IncARG LSI CorporationLSI
Akamai Technologies IncAKAM Lab Corp of America HldgsLH
Alcoa IncAA Legg Mason IncLM
Allegheny Technologies IncATI Leggett & PlattLEG
Allergan IncAGN Lennar CorpLEN
Allstate CorpALL Leucadia National Corp (NY)LUK
Altera CorpALTR Lexmark International IncLXK
Altria Group IncMO Life Technologies CorpLIFE
Amazon.com IncAMZN Lilly, Eli & CoLLY
Ameren CorpAEE Limited Brands IncLTD
American Electric PowerAEP Lincoln National CorpLNC
American Express CoAXP Linear Technology CorpLLTC
American Intl Group IncAIG Lockheed MartinLMT
American Tower Corp AAMT Loews CorpL
Ameriprise Financial IncAMP Lorillard IncLO
AmerisourceBergen CorpABC Lowe’s Cos IncLOW
Amgen IncAMGN M&T Bank CorpMTB
Amphenol Corp AAPH MEMC Electronic MaterialsWFR
Anadarko Petroleum CorpAPC Macy’s IncM
Analog Devices IncADI Marathon Oil CorpMRO
Aon CorpAON Marriott Intl AMAR
Apache CorpAPA Marsh & McLennan CompaniesMMC
Apartment Investment & MgmtAIV Marshall & Ilsley Corp (WI)MI
Apollo Group IncAPOL Masco CorpMAS
Apple Inc.AAPL Massey Energy CoMEE
Applied Materials IncAMAT Mastercard Inc AMA
Archer-Daniels-Midland CoADM Mattel IncMAT
Assurant IncAIZ McCormick & CoMKC
AutoNation IncAN McDonald’s CorpMCD
AutoZone IncAZO McGraw-Hill Cos IncMHP
Autodesk IncADSK McKesson CorpMCK
Automatic Data ProcessingADP Mead Johnson Nutrition CoMJN
AvalonBay Communities IncAVB MeadWestvaco CorpMWV
Avery Dennison CorpAVY Medco Health Solutions IncMHS
Avon ProductsAVP Medtronic IncMDT
BB&T CorpBBT Merck & Co IncMRK
BMC Software IncBMC Metlife IncMET
Baker Hughes IncBHI Metropcs Communications IncPCS
Ball CorpBLL Microchip Technology IncMCHP
Bank of America CorpBAC Micron Technology IncMU
Bard, C.R. IncBCR Microsoft CorpMSFT
Baxter Intl IncBAX Molex IncMOLX
Becton, Dickinson & CoBDX Molson Coors Brewing Co BTAP
Bed Bath & Beyond IncBBBY Monsanto Co.MON
Bemis Co IncBMS Monster Worldwide IncMWW
Berkshire Hathaway BBRK/B Moody’s CorpMCO
Best Buy Co IncBBY Morgan StanleyMS
Big Lots IncBIG Motorola Mobility Holdings, IncMMI
Biogen Idec IncBIIB Motorola Solutions, IncMSI
BlackRock IncBLK Murphy Oil CorpMUR
Block H & R IncHRB Mylan Inc.MYL
Boeing CoBA NICOR IncGAS
Boston Properties IncBXP NIKE Inc BNKE
Boston Scientific CorpBSX NRG EnergyNRG
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY NYSE EuronextNYX
Broadcom Corp ABRCM Nabors Industries LtdNBR
Brown-Forman Corp BBF/B Nasdaq OMX Group/TheNDAQ
CA IncCA National Oilwell Varco IncNOV
CB Richard Ellis Group Inc ACBG National SemiconductorNSM
CBS Corp BCBS NetApp IncNTAP
CF Industries HoldingsCF NetFlix IncNFLX
CH Robinson Worldwide IncCHRW Newell Rubbermaid IncNWL
CIGNA CorpCI Newfield Exploration CoNFX
CMS Energy CorpCMS Newmont Mining CorpNEM
CONSOL Energy IncCNX News CorporationNWSA
CSX CorpCSX NextEra Energy IncNEE
CVS Caremark Corp.CVS Nisource IncNI
Cablevision Systems Co ACVC Noble CorpNE
Cabot Oil & Gas ACOG Noble Energy IncNBL
Cameron International CorpCAM Nordstrom IncJWN
Campbell Soup CoCPB Norfolk Southern CorpNSC
Capital One FinancialCOF Northeast UtilitiesNU
Cardinal Health IncCAH Northern Trust Corp (IL)NTRS
CareFusion Corp.CFN Northrop Grumman CorpNOC
Carmax IncKMX Novellus Systems IncNVLS
Carnival CorpCCL Nucor CorpNUE
Caterpillar IncCAT Nvidia CorpNVDA
Celgene CorpCELG O’Reilly AutomotiveORLY
Centerpoint Energy IncCNP ONEOK IncOKE
CenturyLink IncCTL Occidental PetroleumOXY
Cephalon IncCEPH Omnicom GroupOMC
Cerner CorpCERN Oracle CorpORCL
Chesapeake Energy CorpCHK Owens-Illinois IncOI
Chevron CorpCVX PACCAR IncPCAR
Chicago Mercantile ExchangeCME PG&E CorporationPCG
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.CMG PNC Finl Services GroupPNC
Chubb CorpCB PPG Industries IncPPG
Cincinnati Financial CorpCINF PPL CorpPPL
Cintas CorpCTAS Pall CorpPLL
Cisco Systems IncCSCO Parker-Hannifin CorpPH
Citigroup IncC Patterson Cos IncPDCO
Citrix Systems IncCTXS Paychex IncPAYX
Cliffs Natural Resources IncCLF Peabody Energy CorpBTU
Clorox CoCLX Penney, J.C. IncJCP
Coach IncCOH People’s United Financial IncPBCT
Coca-Cola CoKO Pepco Holdings IncPOM
Coca-Cola EnterprisesCCE PepsiCo IncPEP
Cognizant Tech Solutions CorpCTSH PerkinElmer IncPKI
Colgate-Palmolive CoCL Pfizer IncPFE
Comcast CorpCMCSA Philip Morris InternationalPM
Comerica Inc (MI)CMA Pinnacle West Capital (AZ)PNW
Computer SciencesCSC Pioneer Natural ResourcesPXD
Compuware CorpCPWR Pitney Bowes IncPBI
ConAgra Foods IncCAG Plum Creek Timber CoPCL
ConocoPhillipsCOP Polo Ralph Lauren ARL
Consolidated Edison IncED Praxair IncPX
Constellation Brands Inc ASTZ Precision Castparts CorpPCP
Constellation Energy GroupCEG Priceline.com IncPCLN
Corning IncGLW Principal Financial GroupPFG
Costco Wholesale CorpCOST Procter & GamblePG
Coventry Health Care IncCVH Progress Energy IncPGN
Covidien PlcCOV Progressive CorpPGR
Cummins IncCMI PrologisPLD
DIRECTV Class ADTV Prudential Financial IncPRU
DTE Energy CoDTE Public Service Enterprise GrpPEG
Danaher CorpDHR Public StoragePSA
Darden Restaurants IncDRI Pulte Group IncPHM
Davita IncDVA QEP ResourcesQEP
DeVry IncDV QUALCOMM IncQCOM
Dean Foods CoDF Quanta Services IncPWR
Deere & CoDE Quest DiagnosticsDGX
Dell IncDELL RadioShack CorpRSH
Denbury Resources IncDNR Range Resources CorpRRC
Dentsply IntlXRAY Raytheon CoRTN
Devon Energy CorpDVN Red Hat IncRHT
Diamond Offshore DrillingDO Regions Financial CorpRF
Discover Financial ServicesDFS Republic Services IncRSG
Discovery Communications IncDISCA Reynolds American IncRAI
Dominion Resources IncD Robert Half Intl IncRHI
Donnelley, R.R. & SonsRRD Rockwell Automation IncROK
Dover CorpDOV Rockwell CollinsCOL
Dow ChemicalDOW Roper Industries IncROP
Dr Pepper Snapple GroupDPS Ross Stores IncROST
DuPont, E.I. de NemoursDD Rowan Companies IncRDC
Duke Energy CorpDUK Ryder System IncR
Dun & Bradstreet CorpDNB SAIC IncSAI
E*TRADE Financial CorpETFC SCANA CorpSCG
EMC CorpEMC SLM CorpSLM
EOG ResourcesEOG Safeway IncSWY
EQT CorporationEQT Salesforce.comCRM
Eastman Chemical CoEMN SanDisk CorpSNDK
Eaton CorpETN Sara Lee CorpSLE
Ecolab IncECL Schlumberger LtdSLB
Edison IntlEIX Schwab, Charles CorpSCHW
Edwards Lifesciences CorpEW Scripps Networks InteractiveSNI
El Paso CorpEP Sealed Air CorpSEE
Electronic ArtsERTS Sears Holdings CorpSHLD
Emerson Electric CoEMR Sempra EnergySRE
Entergy CorpETR Sherwin-Williams CoSHW
Equifax IncEFX Sigma-Aldrich CorpSIAL
Equity ResidentialEQR Simon Property GroupSPG
Estee Lauder Cos.EL Smucker, J.M. CoSJM
Exelon CorpEXC Snap On IncSNA
ExpediaEXPE Southern CoSO
Expeditors Intl of WA IncEXPD Southwest Airlines CoLUV
Express Scripts IncESRX Southwestern Energy CoSWN
Exxon Mobil CorpXOM Spectra Energy CorpSE
F5 Networks IncFFIV Sprint Nextel CorpS
FLIR Systems IncFLIR St Jude Medical IncSTJ
FMC CorpFMC Stanley Black & DeckerSWK
FMC Technologies IncFTI Staples IncSPLS
Family Dollar Stores IncFDO Starbucks CorpSBUX
Fastenal CoFAST Starwood Hotel & Resort WorldHOT
FedEx CorpFDX State Street CorpSTT
Federated Investors Inc BFII Stericycle IncSRCL
Fidelity National InformationFIS Stryker CorpSYK
Fifth Third Bancorp (OH)FITB SunTrust Banks Inc (GA)STI
First Horizon National CorpFHN Sunoco IncSUN
First Solar IncFSLR Supervalu IncSVU
FirstEnergy CorpFE Symantec CorpSYMC
Fiserv IncFISV Sysco CorpSYY
Flowserve CorpFLS T Rowe Price Group IncTROW
Fluor CorpFLR TECO Energy IncTE
Ford Motor CoF TJX Cos IncTJX
Forest LaboratoriesFRX Target CorpTGT
Fortune Brands IncFO Tellabs IncTLAB
Franklin Resources IncBEN Tenet HealthcareTHC
Freeport McMoRan Copper & GoldFCX Teradata CorpTDC
Frontier Communications CorpFTR Teradyne IncTER
GameStop Corp AGME Tesoro CorpTSO
Gannett Co IncGCI Texas Instruments IncTXN
Gap IncGPS Textron IncTXT
General DynamicsGD The Bank of New York Mellon CorpBK
General Electric CoGE Thermo Fisher ScientificTMO
General Mills IncGIS Tiffany & CoTIF
Genuine Parts CoGPC Time Warner Cable IncTWC
Genworth Financial IncGNW Time Warner IncTWX
Gilead Sciences IncGILD Titanium Metals CorpTIE
Goldman Sachs Group IncGS Torchmark CorpTMK
Goodrich CorpGR Total System Services IncTSS
Goodyear Tire & Rubber CoGT Travelers Cos IncTRV
Google IncGOOG Tyco IntlTYC
Grainger, W.W. IncGWW Tyson Foods Inc ATSN
HCP IncHCP US BancorpUSB
Halliburton CoHAL Union Pacific CorpUNP
Harley-Davidson IncHOG United Parcel Service Inc BUPS
Harman Intl Industries IncHAR United States Steel CorpX
Harris CorpHRS United Technologies CorpUTX
Hartford Finl Services GroupHIG Unitedhealth Group IncUNH
Hasbro IncHAS Unum GroupUNM
Health Care REIT IncHCN Urban OutfittersURBN
Heinz, H.J. CoHNZ VF CorpVFC
Helmerich & Payne IncHP Valero Energy CorpVLO
Hershey Foods CorpHSY Varian Medical Systems IncVAR
Hess CorpHES Ventas IncVTR
Hewlett-Packard CoHPQ VeriSign IncVRSN
Home Depot IncHD Verizon Communications IncVZ
Honeywell Intl IncHON Viacom Inc BVIA/B
Hormel Foods CorpHRL Visa IncV
Horton, D.R. IncDHI Vornado Realty TrustVNO
Hospira, IncHSP Vulcan Materials CoVMC
Host Hotels & Resorts IncHST Wal-Mart StoresWMT
Hudson City BancorpHCBK Walgreen CoWAG
Humana IncHUM Walt Disney CoDIS
Huntington Bancshares (OH)HBAN Washington Post Co BWPO
ITT CorporationITT Waste Management IncWM
Illinois Tool Works IncITW Waters CorpWAT
Ingersoll-Rand PlcIR Watson PharmaceuticalsWPI
Integrys Energy Group IncTEG WellPoint IncWLP
Intel CorpINTC Wells Fargo & CoWFC
IntercontinentalExchangeICE Western Digital CorpWDC
Interpublic Group CosIPG Western Union CoWU
Intl Business Machines CorpIBM Weyerhaeuser CoWY
Intl Flavors & FragrancesIFF Whirlpool CorpWHR
Intl Game TechnologyIGT Whole Foods Market IncWFM
Intl Paper CoIP Williams Cos IncWMB
Intuit IncINTU Windstream CorpWIN
Intuitive Surgical IncISRG Wisconsin Energy CorpWEC
Invesco LtdIVZ Wyndham Worldwide CorpWYN
Iron Mountain IncIRM Wynn Resorts LtdWYNN
JDS Uniphase CorpJDSU XL Group PlcXL
JP Morgan Chase & CoJPM Xcel Energy IncXEL
Jabil Circuit IncJBL Xerox CorpXRX
Jacobs Engineering Group IncJEC Xilinx IncXLNX
Janus Capital Group IncJNS Yahoo IncYHOO
Yum! Brands IncYUM
Zimmer Holdings IncZMH
Zions Bancorp (UT)ZION
eBay Inc.EBAY

It is weird to see a company named as one of the biggest in the United States and have no idea what they even do!

Who Were the Original Members of the S&P 500?

I was shocked how hard it was to find the original constituents! Shocked.  I am not sure why S&P wouldn’t provide the history of the members front and center? Maybe it has to do with how few companies still exist in the original list?  or because the members themselves don’t mean that much for those doing research?  But I did find the list from fellow blogger, JLP , who complied the list from the index of a book he owns:

Abbot LabsInspiration Consolidated Copper
ACF industriesInterantional Harvester
Acme ClevelandInternational Business machines
Addressograph MultiphaseInternational Minerals & Chemicals
AdmiralInternational Nickel Co. CDA
Air ReductionInternational Paper
Alco ProductsInternational Shoe
Aldens Inc.International Telephone & Telegraph
Allied Chemical & DyeIntertype
Allied StoresIsland Creek Coal
Allied SupermarketsJ.C. Penney
Allis ChalmersJ.J. Newberry
Alpha Portland IndustriesJacob Ruppert
AluminumJaeger Machine
Aluminum Company of AmericaJefferson Lake Sulphur
Amalgamated SugarJewel Tea
Amerada PetroleumJones & Laughlin Steel
American Agricultural ChemicalJoy Manufacturing
American AirlinesKaiser Aluminum
American BakeriesKayser Roth
American Brake ShoeKennecott Copper
American Broadcasting Co.Kimberly-Clark
American CanKresge
American Chain & CableKroger
American ChicleLaclede Gas
American Crystal SugarLane Bryant
American CyanamidLees & Sons
American EnkaLehigh Portland Cement
American Export LinesLerner Stores
American Gas & ElectricLibbey-Ownens-Ford
American Home ProductsLibby, McNeill & Libby
American Machine & FoundryLiggett Group
American Metal ClimaxLilly Tulip
American MotorsLink Belt
American Natural GasLockheed Aircraft
American ShipbuildingLone Star Industries
American Smetling & RefiningLorillard
American StandardLouisville & Nashville
American StoresLowenstein & Sons
American Telephone & TelegraphMack Truck
American TobaccoMagma Copper
American ViscoseMagnavox
American Zinc Lead & SmeltingManati Sugar
AmstarManhattan Shirt
Amsted IndustriesManville
Anaconda Copper MiningMarathon
Anaconda Wire & CableMarquette Cement Manufacturing
ArcherDaniels-MidlandMarshall Field
Armco SteelMartin-Marietta
Armour Co.Masonite
Armstrong CorkMay Department Stores
Artloom CarpetMcCall
Associated Dry GoodsMcCrory Stores
Associates InvestmentsMcGraw Edison
Atchison, Topeka, Santa FeMcGraw-Hill
Atlantic Coast LineMcIntyre Porcupine
Atlantic RichfieldMead
Babcock & WilcoxMelville Shoe
Baltimore & OhioMercantile Stores
Baltimore Gas & ElectricMerck
Bath Iron WorksMerganthaler Linotype
Bayuk CigarsMiami Cooper
Beatrice FoodsMiddle South Utilities
BeaunitMinneapolis Moline
Beckman InstrumentsMinnesota Mining & Manufacturing
Becor WesternMississipp River
Beechnut Life SaverMissouri Pacific
BendixMissouri-Kansas-Texas
BeneficialMohasco Industries
BestfoodsMonarch Machine Tool
Bethlehem SteelMonsanto Chemical
Bigelow-SanfordMontgomery Ward
Blaw KnoxMoore McCormack Resources
Bliss EWMotor Wheel
BoeingMotorola
Bohn Aluminum & BrassMunsingwear
Bond StoresNational Buscuit
BordenNational Can
Borg WarnerNational Cash Register
Bridgeport BrassNational Dairy Products
Briggs ManufacturingNational Dist. & Chem
Bristol-MyersNational Gypsum
Brooklyn Union GasNational Lead
Brown GroupNational Steel
Bullard Co.National Sugar Refining
Burlington IndustriesNational Supply
BurroughsNational Tea
C.I.T. FinancialNew England Electric System
California Packing CorpNew York Central
Campbell SoupNew York State Electric & Gas
Canada DryNew York, Chicago & St. Louis
Cannon MillsNew York, New Haven & Hartford
Case (Ji)Newport News Shipbuilding
Caterpillar Tractor Inc.Niagara Mohawk Power
CelaneseNorth American Aviation
CelotexNorthern Pacific
Centeral & South WestNorthern States Power Minn.
Central Aguirre SugarNorwich Pharmacal
Cerro De PascoNothern Natural Gas
Chain Belt Co.Oklahoma Natural Gas
Champion PowerOlin
Chesapeake & Ohio RailwayOliver
Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul PacficOtis Elevator
Chicago Pneumatic ToolOwens Corning
Chicago R.I. & PacificOwens Illinios Glass
ChryslerPacific Enterprises
Cincinnati Gas & ElectricPacific Gas & Electric
Cincinnati Milling MachinePacific Telephone & Telegraph
Cities ServicePan American World Airways
Clark EquipmentPanhandle Eastern
Cleveland Elec. IlluminatingParamount Pictures
Clevite Corp.Parke Davis
Climax MolybdenumPen-Dixie Industries
Cluett PeabodyPenick & Ford
CNW (Chicago & North Western)Peninsular Telephone
Coca-ColaPenn Central
Colgate-PalmolivePeoples Gas Light Coke
Colorado Fuel & IronPepsiCo
Columbia BroadcastingPfeiffer Brewing
Columbia PicturesPfizer
Columbian CarbonPhelps Dodge
Combustion EngineeringPhiladelphia Electric
Commercial CreditPhilco
Commercial SolventsPhilip Morris
Commonwealth EdisonPhillips Petroleum
Condé NastePitney Bowes
Cone MillsPittsburgh Plate Glass
Congoleum-NairnProcter & Gamble
Consolidated CigarPublic Service Electric and Gas
Consolidated EdisonPublicker Industries
Consolidated Natural GasPullman
Consolidation CoalQuaker Oats
Consumers PowerR.H. Macy
Container Corp. of AmericaR.J. Reynolds Industries
Continental BakingRaytheon
Continental CanRCA
Continental OilReading Co.
Cooper IndustriesReed Roller Bit
Copper RangeReeves Brothers
Corn ProductsReliance Manufacturing
Cornell-DubilierRepublic Aviation
Corning GlassworksRepublic Pictures
Coumbia Gas SystemRepublic Steel
Crane Co.Revere Copper & Brass
Cream of WheatReynolds Metal
Crown Cork & SealRichardson Merrell
Crown ZellerbachRockwell Standard
Crucible SteelRoyal Crown Cola
Cuban American SugarRoyal Dutch Petroleum
Cudahy PackingRoyal McBee
Cuneo PressRuberoid
Curtis PublishingS.H. Kress
Curtiss-WrightSafeway Stores
Cutler-HammerSchenley Industries
Dan RiverSchering
DanaScott Paper
Daystrom Inc.Scovill Manufacturing
Dayton Power & LightSeaboard Finance
Dayton RubberSeaboard Oil
DeereSears Roebuck
Deleware Power & LightServel
Denver Rio GrandeShell Oil
Detriot EdisonSinclair Oil
Diamond T Motor CarSmith-Douglass
Diana StoresSocony Vacuum Oil
Distillers Corp SeagramSouth Puerto Rico Sugar
Divco WayneSouthern
Dixie CupSouthern California Edison
Dome MinesSouthern Natural Gas
Douglas AircraftSouthern Pacific
Dow ChemicalSouthern Railway
Dr PepperSpencer Kellogg
Dresser IndustriesSperry Rand
Duquesne LightSpiegel
DWG CigarsSquare D
E.I. DuPont de NemoursSt. Joseph Lead
Eagle PicherSt. Louis-San Francisco
Eastern AirlinesSt. Regis
Eastman KodakStandard Brands
EatonStandard Oil of California
El Paso Natural GasStandard Oil of Indiana
Electric Auto-LiteStandard Oil of New Jersey
Elliot co.Sterling Drug
Emerson Radio & PhonographStevens (JP)
Endicott JohnsonStokely-Van Camp
EnserchStorer Broadcasting
Equitable GasStudebaker Packard
Erie RailroadSunbeam
F.W. WoolworthSunshine Biscuits
Fajardo SugarSutherland Paper
Falstaff BrewingSweets Co.
Family FinanceSwift
Federal Paper BoardSylvania Electric Products
Federated Department StoresTexas Co.
Firestone Tire & RubberTexas Gulf Producing
First National StoresTexas Gulf Sulphur
Firth CarpetTexas Pacific Coal & Oil
FlintkoteTexas Utilities
Florida PowerThatcher Glass
Food Fair StoresThompson Products
Ford MotorTidewater Oil
Foremost DairiesTrans World Airlines
Foster WheelerTruax-Traer Coal
Freeport SulphurTwentieth-Century-Fox
Fruehauf Trailer Corp.U S Steel
G.C. MurphyU.S. Hoffman Machinery
Gardner-DenverUnion Bag Camp Paper
General CableUnion Carbide & Carbon
General CigarsUnion Oil of California
General DynamicsUnion Pacific Railroad
General ElectricUnited Aircraft
General FinanceUnited Airlines
General FoodsUnited Biscuit of America
General HostUnited Electric Coal
General MillsUnited Gas
General MotorsUnited States Gypsum
General Portland CementUnited States Lines
General Public UtilitiesUnited States Rubber
General SignalUnited States Smelting and Refining
General Telephone & ElectricUniversal Pictures
GenescoVan Raalte
Gimbel BrothersVanadium
Goebel BrewingVertientes-Camaguey Sugar
GoodrichVirgina Electric
Goodyear Tire & RubberVirginia Carolina Chemical
Grand UnionW. R. Grace
Great NorthernW.T. Grant
Great Western SugarWalker Hiram Goooderham & Worts
Guantanamo SugarWalworth Co.
Gulf Mobile & Ohio RRWard Baking
Gulf OilWarner Brothers
H.L. GreenWarner-Lambert
Hall PrintingWashington Gas Light
HalliburtonWaukesha Motors
Harris SeyboldWayne Pump
HeinzWesson Oil
Hercules MotorsWest Penn Electric
Hercules PowderWestinghouse Electric
Hershey FoodsWestinhouse Air Brake
Holland FurnaceWestvaco Corp.
Holly SugarWheeling Steel Corp.
Homestake MiningWhite Motors
Houdaille IndustriesWilson Co.
Household FinanceWinn-Dixie Stores
HowmetWorthington
Illinois Central RRWrigley
Illinois PowerYale & Towne
Indianapolis Power & LightYoungstown Sheet & Tube
Industrial RayonZenith Radio
Ingersoll-Rand
Inland Street

Considering I only know a handful of the companies it would probably be a fun excercise to figure out what happened to each one (i.e. bankruptcy, merger, takeover, went private, gov’t break up).

I took a quick peak at Zenith Radio since I sort of remember having a Zenith Television when I was much younger.  Apparently Zenith was an American powerhouse in the electronic field from 1918 till about 1980 when they started to lose market share to Japanese competitors.  They were eventually swallowed up by LG Electronics (part in buy out and part during bankruptcy).

Do any of the original names bring back nostalgic memories?

By | 2013-09-26T14:59:35+00:00 May 25th, 2011|Investments|5 Comments

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5 Comments

  1. krantcents May 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    My first portable radio was a Zenith! It was the iPod of its day. Although I have investments in the S & P 500, it is only part of my overall strategy of asset allocation. It represents less than 5% of my total investments.

  2. Robert May 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Man, I was been wanting to put this together as well for a while! It is crazy how much it has changed over 70-80 years!!

  3. Squirrelers May 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Interesting to see Conde Nast in the original list, it’s surprising that it was that big! Had no idea.

    Also interesting to see a Cigar company there. Times have changed…

  4. Blinkin March 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I have to admit I haven’t thought about this but it’s very interesting. I would think most of the originals are not there due to mergers/buy-outs (so they’re still there but under a different name). Do this research for me and let me know!

    • Evan March 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      I’d LOVE to see that research…bankruptcy vs M&A! But the time it would take would be nutty.

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