Top 10 Companies for 2013
Apple, of course, makes forecasters' list, along with Pfizer, Walmart
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2013 4:50 PM CST
A Chevron customer pumps gas in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – The prognosticators at 24/7 Wall Street are out with their annual predictions on which companies will be the most profitable in 2013. And, yes, Apple is expected to retain its No. 1 spot—by a wide margin. Here is the forecast with expected 2013 earnings, via MarketWatch.

  • No. 1: Apple, $46 billion, up 10%
  • No. 2: Exxon Mobil, $37 billion, up 2%
  • No. 3 (tie): Chevron, $24 billion, flat
  • No. 3 (tie): Microsoft, $24 billion, up 7%

  • No. 5: JP Morgan Chase, $20 billion, up 6%
  • No. 6 (tie): Wells Fargo, $19 billion, up 9%
  • No. 6 (tie): IBM, $19 billion, up 10%
  • No. 8: General Electric, $18 billion, up 11%
  • No. 9: Pfizer, $17 billion, up 6%
  • No. 10: Walmart, $16 billion, up 10%
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Jan 17, 2013 10:51 PM CST
Wow. That's even more money than the "Hobby Lobby" has.
Jan 17, 2013 5:05 PM CST
Amazing but not surprising how many of these companies are also on the list of corporations that pay zero taxes. It's not hard to succeed when you collect hundreds of millions in subsidies and tax refunds ever year. Most of these companies have not paid one thin dime in taxes in recent years. Remember this when they bellyache about the corporate tax rate being too high (in fact they are at a 40 year low). They walk off with hundreds of millions of our taxdollars every year. Then they manipulate you into bitching about the "welfare queens" taking up all the tax dollars. $59 billion spent on general welfare for the sick, unemployed and hungry last year. Approaching twice as much, $92 billion was spent on corporate welfare last year. Not keeping anyone alive or fed or cared for... just padding the profits of these companies which often aren't even American companies. Anybody want to defend that?