Global Top 100 reach record $20 trillion, with China narrowing the US’s lead
- The total market capitalisation of the Global Top 100 companies has increased by 15% since last year to $20 trillion. This compares with a 11.5% increase in the MSCI World Index. The US retains the leading position with 54 companies in the Top 100, accounting for 61% of total market capitalisation
- Second-placed China saw an increase of 57% when compared to the top 100 companies at 31 March 2017, totalling $2,822bn
- The Top 10 includes eight US and two Chinese companies, while last year all of the Top 10 were from the US
- Europe’s representation in the Top 100 rises by one company to 23, with European companies’ share of overall market capitalisation staying unchanged at 17%
- Apple, after distributing $31bn to shareholders, remains the most valuable company for the seventh year in a row, although its lead over second-placed Alphabet has narrowed
- The technology sector is the largest sector in terms of market capitalisation, followed by the financial sector and then consumer goods
- PwC’s Global Top 100 analyses the Top 100 global companies by market capitalisation and compares how the list evolves year-on-year. We analyse trends to understand the impact of external political and economic events and identify the risers and the fallers, look at sector dynamics and present a view on how the global landscape has changed.
- This analysis was conducted as at 31 March 2018 and 31 March 2017 and captures companies’ market cap in US$, based on their location. All market data is sourced from Bloomberg and has not been independently verified by PwC.
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