Equity Makes The World Go 'Round

With stock increasingly the medium of exchange among the international corporate elite, it's no wonder that BUSINESS WEEK's Global 1000 is driven by the strength of equity markets around the world. Certainly, currencies play a significant role, but the shifts this year were largely determined by surging U.S. and European markets, the wave of Continental restructurings, and the mergers and acquisitions taking place on both sides of the Atlantic. It is no accident that the Daimler Benz merger with Chrysler Corp. was paid for in stock.

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