List of Top S&P 500 Corporations by Credit Rating - November 2021

Article 1

Summary

  • Up-to-date lists ranking the best S&P 500 companies based on S&P Globals Ratings are hard to find.
  • Here, we list only corporations that belong to the top four categories: 'AAA' or extremely strong , 'AA+, AA, AA-' or very strong, 'A+, A, A-' or strong, and 'BBB+' or adequate
  • Inside the categories, companies are ranked by weight, from largest to smallest.

Introduction

Standard & Poor's is one of the most prestigious credit rating agencies, assigning letter grades to companies and countries and the debt they issue on a scale of AAA to D, indicating their degree of investment risk. Our collection only features the best, from AAA to BBB+.

Credit ratings are forward looking opinions about an issuer’s relative creditworthiness. They provide a common and transparent global language for investors to form a view on and compare the relative likelihood of whether an issuer may repay its debts on time and in full. Credit Ratings are just one of many inputs that investors and other market participants can consider as part of their decision-making processes.

Rating Outlooks

An S&P Global Ratings outlook assesses the potential direction of a long-term credit rating over the intermediate term (typically six months to two years). In determining a rating outlook, consideration is given to any changes in the economic and/or fundamental business conditions. An outlook is not necessarily a precursor of a rating change or future CreditWatch action.

  • Positive means that a rating may be raised.
  • Negative means that a rating may be lowered.
  • Stable means that a rating is not likely to change.
  • Developing means a rating may be raised or lowered.
  • N.M. means not meaningful.
Investors want to make sure that the companies the buy into are worthy of their trust. A list ranking the top S&P 500 companies surely come in handy.

'AAA' or Extremely strong

A company rated 'AAA' has extremely strong capacity to meet its financial commitments and has a high level of creditworthiness. Debt issuers with the highest ratings have the strongest capacity to repay investors.

'AAA' is the highest issuer credit rating.

No.CompanySymbolWeightSP RatingOutlookLast update

1

Microsoft Corporation

MSFT

6,30

AAA

Stable

27-Jul-2021

2

Johnson & Johnson

JNJ

1,10

AAA

Negative

12-Nov-2021


'AA+, AA, AA-' or Very strong

A company rated 'AA' has very strong capacity to meet its financial commitments. It differs from the highest-rated obligors only to a small degree.

No.CompanySymbolWeightSP RatingOutlookLast update

1

Apple Inc.

AAPL

5,89

AA+

Stable

18-May-2021

2

Amazon.com Inc.

AMZN

3,85

AA

Stable

10-Jun-2021

3

Alphabet Inc. Class A

GOOGL

2,23

AA+

Stable

19-Feb-2021

4

Alphabet Inc. Class C

GOOG

2,10

AA+

Stable

19-Feb-2021

5

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B

BRK.B

1,34

AA

Stable

27-Oct-2021

6

Visa Inc. Class A

V

0,92

AA-

Stable

06-Jul-2021

7

Procter & Gamble Company

PG

0,90

AA-

Stable

25-Jan-2021

8

Exxon Mobil Corporation

XOM

0,69

AA-

Negative

07-Oct-2021

9

Cisco Systems Inc.

CSCO

0,62

AA-

Stable

12-Nov-2021

10

Accenture Plc Class A

ACN

0,59

AA-

Stable

11-Aug-2021

11

Chevron Corporation

CVX

0,56

AA-

Stable

23-Sep-2021

12

NIKE Inc. Class B

NKE

0,55

AA-

Stable

18-Oct-2021

13

Walmart Inc.

WMT

0,54

AA

Stable

20-May-2021

14

BlackRock Inc.

BLK

0,35

AA-

Stable

16-Jun-2021

15

Automatic Data Processing Inc.

ADP

0,25

AA-

Stable

11-May-2021

16

CME Group Inc. Class A

CME

0,20

AA-

Stable

20-Aug-2021

17

Colgate-Palmolive Company

CL

0,17

AA-

Stable

02-Sep-2021


'A+, A, A-' or Strong

An obligor rated 'A' has strong capacity to meet its financial commitments but is somewhat more susceptible to the adverse effects of changes in circumstances and economic conditions than obligors in higher-rated categories.

No.CompanySymbolWeightSP RatingOutlookLast update

1

NVIDIA Corporation

NVDA

1,86

A-

Stable

24-Aug-2021

2

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPM

1,27

A-

Positive

24-May-2021

3

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

UNH

1,10

A+

Stable

22-Jul-2021

4

Home Depot Inc.

HD

0,99

A

Stable

19-Aug-2021

5

Bank of America Corp

BAC

0,89

A-

Positive

24-May-2021

6

Mastercard Incorporated Class A

MA

0,79

A+

Stable

07-Jul-2021

7

Adobe Inc.

ADBE

0,78

A+

Stable

16-Jul-2021

8

salesforce.com inc.

CRM

0,74

A+

Stable

29-Jun-2021

9

Pfizer Inc.

PFE

0,70

A+

Stable

16-Nov-2020

10

Comcast Corporation Class A

CMCSA

0,63

A-

Stable

19-Aug-2021

11

PayPal Holdings Inc.

PYPL

0,61

A-

Stable

03-Jun-2021

12

PepsiCo Inc.

PEP

0,58

A+

Stable

05-Oct-2021

13

Abbott Laboratories

ABT

0,57

A+

Positive

15-Jul-2021

14

Costco Wholesale Corporation

COST

0,57

A+

Stable

12-Nov-2020

15

Coca-Cola Company

KO

0,56

A+

Negative

12-Oct-2021

16

Merck & Co. Inc.

MRK

0,54

A+

Stable

03-Jun-2021

17

Eli Lilly and Company

LLY

0,53

A+

Negative

19-Mar-2021

18

Intel Corporation

INTC

0,52

A+

Stable

21-May-2021

19

Qualcomm Inc

QCOM

0,46

A-

Stable

03-Mar-2021

20

Linde plc

LIN

0,44

A

Stable

26-May-2021

21

Texas Instruments Incorporated

TXN

0,44

A+

Stable

21-Jan-2021

22

NextEra Energy Inc.

NEE

0,42

A-

Stable

14-Jun-2021

23

Intuit Inc.

INTU

0,42

A-

Stable

20-Sep-2021

24

Medtronic Plc

MDT

0,42

A

Stable

18-Aug-2021

25

Union Pacific Corporation

UNP

0,40

A-

Stable

23-Aug-2021

26

Honeywell International Inc.

HON

0,39

A

Stable

23-Jun-2021

27

United Parcel Service Inc. Class B

UPS

0,39

A-

Stable

02-Jun-2021

28

Philip Morris International Inc.

PM

0,37

A

Stable

23-Mar-2021

29

Applied Materials Inc.

AMAT

0,35

A

Stable

09-Aug-2021

30

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

RTX

0,35

A-

Negative

13-Sep-2021

31

ServiceNow Inc.

NOW

0,34

A-

Stable

02-Sep-2021

32

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

BMY

0,33

A+

Negative

23-Aug-2021

33

Target Corporation

TGT

0,32

A

Stable

19-Mar-2021

34

Charles Schwab Corporation

SCHW

0,31

A

Stable

23-Jun-2021

35

Amgen Inc.

AMGN

0,31

A-

Stable

24-Mar-2021

36

Caterpillar Inc.

CAT

0,29

A

Stable

15-Oct-2021

37

Prologis Inc.

PLD

0,28

A-

Positive

21-Oct-2021

38

International Business Machines Corporation

IBM

0,27

A-

Stable

06-May-2021

39

3M Company

MMM

0,27

A+

Negative

08-Oct-2021

40

Booking Holdings Inc.

BKNG

0,27

A-

Stable

11-Nov-2021

41

Anthem Inc.

ANTM

0,26

A

Stable

13-Dec-2020

42

Deere & Company

DE

0,25

A

Stable

15-Sep-2021

43

ConocoPhillips

COP

0,25

A-

Stable

22-Sep-2021

44

Analog Devices Inc.

ADI

0,25

A-

Stable

21-Sep-2021

45

Stryker Corporation

SYK

0,23

A-

Stable

10-Aug-2021

46

PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

PNC

0,22

A-

Positive

27-Oct-2021

47

Lam Research Corporation

LRCX

0,22

A-

Stable

21-Oct-2021

48

Truist Financial Corporation

TFC

0,22

A-

Positive

24-May-2021

49

Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.

MMC

0,21

A-

Stable

09-Feb-2021

50

TJX Companies Inc

TJX

0,21

A

Stable

29-Jul-2021

51

Lockheed Martin Corporation

LMT

0,21

A-

Stable

27-Sep-2021

52

U.S. Bancorp

USB

0,21

A+

Negative

22-Sep-2021

53

Estee Lauder Companies Inc. Class A

EL

0,20

A+

Stable

09-Mar-2021

54

Cigna Corporation

CI

0,19

A-

Stable

21-Dec-2020

55

Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

APD

0,18

A

Stable

11-Feb-2021

56

Eaton Corp. Plc

ETN

0,17

A-

Stable

14-May-2021

57

Illinois Tool Works Inc.

ITW

0,17

A+

Stable

18-Feb-2021

58

Aon Plc Class A

AON

0,17

A-

Stable

11-Oct-2021

59

Waste Management Inc.

WM

0,16

A-

Stable

17-Aug-2021

60

Ecolab Inc.

ECL

0,15

A-

Stable

02-Nov-2021

61

Emerson Electric Co.

EMR

0,15

A

Stable

19-May-2021

62

Progressive Corporation

PGR

0,14

A

Stable

12-May-2021

63

EOG Resources Inc.

EOG

0,14

A-

Stable

24-Aug-2021

64

Simon Property Group Inc.

SPG

0,14

A-

Stable

01-Jun-2021

65

TE Connectivity Ltd.

TEL

0,13

A-

Stable

02-Mar-2021

66

Activision Blizzard Inc.

ATVI

0,13

A-

Stable

18-Oct-2021

67

Public Storage

PSA

0,13

A

Stable

07-Sep-2021

68

Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

BK

0,12

A

Stable

27-Sep-2021

69

General Dynamics Corporation

GD

0,12

A-

Stable

04-Jun-2021

70

MetLife Inc.

MET

0,12

A-

Stable

22-Feb-2021

71

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

KMB

0,12

A

Negative

27-Oct-2021

72

Prudential Financial Inc.

PRU

0,11

A

Stable

15-Sep-2021

73

American Electric Power Company Inc.

AEP

0,11

A-

Negative

14-May-2021

74

Biogen Inc.

BIIB

0,10

A-

Negative

08-Jun-2021

75

Baxter International Inc.

BAX

0,10

A-

Watch Neg

02-Sep-2021

76

Travelers Companies Inc.

TRV

0,10

A

Stable

14-Jul-2021

77

Realty Income Corporation

O

0,10

A-

Stable

17-Jun-2021

78

First Republic Bank

FRC

0,10

A-

Stable

24-May-2021

79

Rockwell Automation Inc.

ROK

0,10

A

Negative

03-Aug-2021

80

Cintas Corporation

CTAS

0,10

A-

Stable

06-Apr-2021

81

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

ADM

0,09

A

Stable

19-Nov-2020

82

State Street Corporation

STT

0,09

A

Stable

24-May-2021

83

Corteva Inc

CTVA

0,09

A-

Stable

23-Nov-2020

84

Xcel Energy Inc.

XEL

0,09

A-

Stable

21-May-2021

85

Ameriprise Financial Inc.

AMP

0,09

A-

Stable

08-Nov-2021

86

Aflac Incorporated

AFL

0,09

A-

Stable

18-Feb-2021

87

Cummins Inc.

CMI

0,09

A+

Stable

23-Aug-2021

88

Allstate Corporation

ALL

0,09

A-

Stable

15-Jun-2021

89

AvalonBay Communities Inc.

AVB

0,09

A-

Stable

15-Jul-2021

90

Nucor Corporation

NUE

0,08

A-

Stable

16-Jun-2021

91

American Water Works Company Inc.

AWK

0,08

A

Stable

08-Nov-2021

92

PACCAR Inc

PCAR

0,08

A+

Stable

20-May-2021

93

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

SWK

0,08

A

Stable

27-Oct-2021

94

Equity Residential

EQR

0,07

A-

Stable

06-May-2021

95

Eversource Energy

ES

0,07

A-

Stable

29-Oct-2021

96

WEC Energy Group Inc

WEC

0,07

A-

Stable

19-Aug-2021

97

Consolidated Edison Inc.

ED

0,07

A-

Negative

25-Aug-2021

98

Hershey Company

HSY

0,07

A

Stable

07-Sep-2021

99

Northern Trust Corporation

NTRS

0,07

A+

Stable

24-May-2021

100

V.F. Corporation

VFC

0,06

A-

Stable

16-Jun-2021

101

PPL Corporation

PPL

0,06

A-

Stable

20-Aug-2021

102

W.W. Grainger Inc.

GWW

0,05

A+

Stable

08-Apr-2021

103

Clorox Company

CLX

0,05

A-

Stable

14-Jul-2021

104

Baker Hughes Company Class A

BKR

0,05

A-

Stable

29-Oct-2021

105

Principal Financial Group Inc.

PFG

0,04

A-

Stable

28-Jun-2021

106

Evergy Inc.

EVRG

0,04

A-

Negative

30-Sep-2021

107

Alliant Energy Corp

LNT

0,04

A-

Stable

20-Nov-2020

108

Cboe Global Markets Inc

CBOE

0,03

A-

Stable

28-Sep-2021

109

Brown-Forman Corporation Class B

BF.B

0,03

A-

Stable

22-Jul-2021

110

Lincoln National Corporation

LNC

0,03

A-

Stable

21-Sep-2021

111

Hormel Foods Corporation

HRL

0,03

A

Negative

16-Feb-2021

112

Atmos Energy Corporation

ATO

0,03

A-

Negative

20-Aug-2021

113

Snap-on Incorporated

SNA

0,03

A-

Stable

16-Mar-2021

114

Loews Corporation

L

0,03

A

Stable

04-Nov-2020

115

Everest Re Group Ltd.

RE

0,03

A-

Stable

26-May-2021

116

Franklin Resources Inc.

BEN

0,02

A

Stable

13-May-2021

117

Federal Realty Investment Trust

FRT

0,02

A-

Negative

17-Jun-2021

118

Globe Life Inc.

GL

0,02

A

Stable

26-Oct-2021

119

Ralph Lauren Corporation Class A

RL

0,02

A-

Negative

12-Nov-2021