The 56 (non-utility) components from the original S&P 500 (founded in 1957) that are still in the S&P 500 today.
Today's post is a pretty cool list, I think. Assuming my research is correct, there are currently 56 non-utility companies in the S&P 500, that were also in the original S&P 500, from 1957.
Not only do I get off on this stuff bc i'm a history buff, but also, because any company that has been successful over more than 56 years is pretty darn likely to: 1) have a strong business model, 2) be resistant to technologic disruption, and 3) may well have competitive advantages strong enough to preserve extraordinary returns on capital for the foreseeable future (which often results in a great investment, IF bought at a fair-to-cheap price)
This list was adapted from an old business week article highlighting the 50th anniversary of the S&P 500, and the companies that made the "50 year club."
I then updated that list to the present, and removed the utilities.
The resulting list was then sorted by 10 year average ROIC, data from Morningstar.
Rockwell Collins (COL)30.495
Exxon Mobil (XOM)26.495
Lockheed Martin (LMT)22.54
Altria Group (MO)18.749
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY)17.801
Occidental Petroleum (OXY)17.657
Campbell Soup (CPB)17.201
General Motors (GM)14.12
Marathon Oil (MRO)13.315
United Technologies (UTX)12.997
Procter & Gamble (PG)12.993
Abbott Laboratories (ABT)12.624
General Dynamics (GD)12.215
Du Pont (DD)11.141
Honeywell International (HON)10.727
PPG Industries (PPG)10.191
Quest Diagnostics (DGX)9.13
General Mills (GIS)8.971
Union Pacific (UNP)7.037
Norfolk Southern (NSC)6.269
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)6.253
Northrop Grumman (NOC)6.149
Caterpillar (CAT)5.78CSX (CSX)5.526
Pitney Bowes (PBI)5.457143
Dow Chemical (DOW)5.376
Hartford Financial Services (HIG)2.473
Penney (J C) (JCP)1.853
International Paper (IP)0.967
Sealed Air (SEE)0.691
General Electric (GE)0.38
Ford Motor (F)-0.67571
Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT)-5.04