Out with the old and in with the new. Say goodbye to Yahoo, CBS, Lowe's, Charles Schwab, and Sprint, and say hello to Ford, Pfizer, UnitedHealth Group, DuPont, and JP Morgan.
The American auto industry has seen a resurgence after the era of bankruptcies and bailouts. Ford has benefited from this, and has done so without the benefit of billions of dollars of taxpayer help.
Pfizer has grown in size since the FOX50 was launched, thanks to major acquisitions, most notably that of Wyeth. Drugs will be an increasingly important part of the economy, thanks to the aging of the baby boomers and increased concern about health costs.
At just shy of a $50 billion market cap, UnitedHealth is a behemoth in health insurance. The role of insurers – and the value of their stocks – is sure to get more attention amid the health-care debate.
From energy to agriculture, there are few companies with the reach to as many facets of the U.S. economy and consumer as DuPont.
Throughout the financial crisis, JP Morgan Chase tried to buck the trend of banks desperate for federal bailouts and help. With the resurgence of Wall Street investment banking, and the expected comeback in consumer lending, JP Morgan Chase has emerged as a household brand for many Americans.
Much has happened since the FOX50 was first launched, along with the FOX Business Network, in 2007: a financial-market collapse and a presidential election, not to mention a massive new government health-care program. Here are the five new companies joining the index, which tracks the 50 most important U.S. brands.