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An index of 50 blue chip stocks from nine stock exchanges, representing the largest multinational corporations in the world. The index is supposed to represent the most stable large-cap stocks from around the globe, where investors could feel confident placing their money for the long term.

Each year, the components of the index are changed. In 1992, when the index was established, there were fifteen Japanese mega-corporations on the list: now, that number has dwindled to two. In the meantime, more European firms have found their way in, from 13 in '92 to 21 today.

Amsterdam Stock Exchange:
ING Direct
Royal Dutch Petroleum

Helsinki Stock Exchange:
Nokia

London Stock Exchange:
Astrazeneca
Barclays
BP
GlaxoSmithKline
HSBC
Lloyds TSB
Royal Bank of Scotland
Vodafone

NASDAQ:
Cisco
Intel
Microsoft

New York Stock Exchange:
Altria
American International Group
AOL Time Warner
AT&T
Bank of America
BellSouth
ChevronTexaco
Citigroup
Coca-Cola
Exxon Mobil
General Electric
IBM
J.P. Morgan Chase
Johnson & Johnson
Merck
Morgan Stanley
PepsiCo
Pfizer
Procter & Gamble
SBC
Tyco
Verizon
Wal-Mart
Walt Disney Company

Paris Bourse:
AXA
TotalFinaElf

Tokyo Stock Exchange:
Sony
Toyota

Virt-X:
Credit Suisse
Nestle
Novartis
Roche Holding
UBS AG

Xetra:
Allianz
DaimlerChrysler
Siemens

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