It took 51 years for General Motors Co. to go from the largest company on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to being dropped after its bankruptcy last year. The automaker may need at least another year until it returns.
More Standard & Poor’s 500 Index companies are paying dividends than at any time since January 2000 after Apple Inc., Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. and six other corporations initiated payouts this year.
U.S. companies are poised to post some of their weakest quarterly earnings reports in four years, in part as a stronger dollar erodes the value of toothpaste to tablet computers sold overseas.
"When you get that big, it's hard for a company to grow that much."
- Howard Silverblatt on Oct 09, 2014
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