April, 2006

The Top 50 Companies Ranked by Sales, Profits, Assets and Market Value

ExxonMobil is the world's largest corporation in sales, profits and stock market value. In assets it ranks a mere 78.

Top 50 in Sales With a 24% jump in 2005 revenues, ExxonMobil moved past last year’s world revenues champ, Wal-Mart Stores. Of the sales leaders, 20 hail from the U.S.

Top 50 in Profits Higher oil and gas prices helped energy companies grab 6 of the top 10 spots here. ExxonMobil’s record profits last year: $36 billion.

Top 50 in Assets Financial service companies rule this list. Barclays of the U.K. unseats perennial asset leader Citigroup to claim the top spot in assets.

Top 50 in Market Value Despite an 11% decline in market value from last year ExxonMobil, capitalized at $363 billion, remains the world’s most valuable company.

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Watchful and Wary: China's Hu Visits Bush

Chinese President Hu Jintao's Apr. 20 visit to the United States has generated much discussion about the present and future state of U.S.-China relations. Critics charge that it's a waste of time to argue over whether to call the tour a "state visit" or what kind of official reception Hu should get as the head of the Chinese state. They worry such trivial things will overshadow more important business in the bilateral relationship. But the devil is in the details, and the details of Washington's handling of the Chinese leader's coming say quite a bit about the U.S. attitude toward a rising China..

Germany embraces Chinese ventures

While the incredible potential of the Chinese market attracts a host of German investors, a growing number of Chinese ventures are exploring opportunities in Germany.

China's direct investment in Germany ranks third among Asian countries, next to Japan and the Republic of Korea.

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