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World’s Most Admired Companies

What becomes a reputation most? Healthy financials and stock performance, for starters. This year four companies have landed on the 50 All-Stars for the first time—Chipotle, CVS Health, Salesforce.com, and the financial services giant USAA, which at No. 28 is this year’s strongest debut. But not all companies fared as well. Consumer criticism and a change in leadership caused McDonald’s to slip to No. 46, its lowest rank in the seven years it has appeared in the top 50, and a hacking scandal and public stumbles resulted in Target dropping to No. 48. (Read about the retailer’s efforts to bounce back in Back on Target?.)

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The companies whose ranking appears as “—” did not place in the top 50, but did rank highly in their respective industries.