The 10 U.S. Companies That Will Be Most Profitable in 2012

IBMEach January, 24/7 Wall St. makes its predictions about which publicly traded U.S. companies it feels will have the highest profits in the year ahead. Last year, Apple (AAPL) intermittently edged ahead of Exxon Mobil (XOM) for the highest market capitalization in the Fortune 500, and in 2012, Apple is likely to pass Exxon Mobil as the most profitable corporation. The market appears to anticipate Apple will keep up a rapid growth rate comparable to that it has enjoyed for the past two years. The stock has repeatedly hit new highs recently and now trades at $425, up nearly 25% in the past year.

Most of the largest U.S. companies won't produce large year-over-year earnings swings, with the notable exception of financial firms. Most banks and investment houses will suffer earnings declines in 2012 due to poor trading results and bad loans, notwithstanding the fact that JPMorgan Chase (JPM), arguably the best-run bank in America, made our most-profitable list, as did Wells Fargo (WFC). Corporations like IBM (IBM) and Procter & Gamble (PG) have such huge customer bases worldwide that they can hardly outperform the global economy. What differentiates them is their ability to manage their operations better than peers as they keep expenses low and take all the advantages they can of their significant market shares.

24/7 Wall St. looked at the top 200 companies in the Fortune 500 based on revenue in the past reported year. We then reviewed earnings and earnings forecasts from Thomson/First Call. There were some cases in which earnings appeared to be too low or too high because they failed to reflect more recent events. We took those into account when we produced the final numbers.


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Darwin

I'm realy tired of THE PIPELINE, there is already a pipe line, Oil from Canada has been flowing to the greatlakes region for many years and is now in most places a 48 inch line! and that line goes south. The new line just by passes the midwest and takes the oil to the gulf for export or refinement and I'd bet the latter.

May 05 2012 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lovely1

My dad works in Beverly Hills and he was having lunch with some high priced power brokers about his porfolio. He's made some big returns in the past working with venture capitalist. He's being told by several people that are suppose to have the inside track so to say, that one of the companies to keep an eye on in 2012 is a private company called Evolving Pictures. They're being called by some the next ufc, and I remember reading something a little while back about them having the remake rights to Mad Monster Party. Now I hear that they have entered into an operating agreement with Fox to make it into a live action film possibly starring Eddie Murphy and Jim Carey. Now Warner Brothers Pictures wants to join forces with them to create Necroscope 4D into a feature film. My dad thinks that this company has alot of growth potential. Can someone tell me more about Evolving Pictures?

January 25 2012 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
winning always

I think that Evolving Pictures is making big moves with this Necroscope 4D motion picture.

January 25 2012 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thomasjperez1

Didn't bother to read the article just want to comment on the headline. I'm guessing all 10 U.S. most profitable company's are U.S.company's that moved their operations overseas???

January 20 2012 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
movie time

Evolving Pictures is the Future of Entertainment. Evolving Pictures is developing "Necroscope 4D" into a Motion Picture. Everyone is saying that the Necroscope film series will have greater success than the Harry Potter franchise.

January 20 2012 at 4:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bcheerful3

These sound like excellent companies to boycott.

January 20 2012 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bcheerful3

How does Verizon not make this list? With all the money they steal they are number one.

January 20 2012 at 12:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hrshkvtz

I like to see the stats on how much fed tax they paid. On one hand, people say lowering taxes on corporations leads to job. But on the other side, they say the top 10 companies paid either no tax or at least less tax than paid out to lobbyist.

January 19 2012 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bcheerful3

Excellent point, but be careful as they don't like it when you can think.

January 20 2012 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jjjtprincess

liberals complaining about banking deregulation should check the 1982 Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act easily passed by democratic controlled congress and senate. Stop blaming what happened 25 years later. Find the source and learn some history

January 19 2012 at 8:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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savemycountry911

Lilbs have a very short memory.

January 19 2012 at 9:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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RON

I remember what Bush did to our country and the state he left it in. So who is it that is short sighted???

April 19 2012 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
hackwriter1

I bet most of the lower workers are in India, China and there abouts.

January 19 2012 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply