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Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “most admired” companies in America, achieved through a poll of executives, directors, and analysts, reveals that Wal-Mart is in the top spot, replacing General Electric as the US’s most admired company. It is, Fortune reports, “the first time in our survey's history that the nation's largest company is also its most admired.”

The top eleven companies are:

1. Wal-Mart
2. Southwest Airlines
3. Berkshire Hathaway
4. Dell Computer
5. General Electric
6. Johnson & Johnson
7. Microsoft
8. FedEx
9. Starbucks
10. Procter & Gamble
11. MorningNewsBeat/Coupe Communications
KC's View:
Okay, we were just kidding about number 11. We just wanted to see if you were paying attention.