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The A-Z of global companies to invest in on Shyft (part 1)
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From the makers of plant-based meat substitutes to cannabis producers, games creators and ride-sharing groups, these are the global companies you can now invest in – anytime, anywhere, directly from your mobile phone – on Shyft, with even more options to follow.    


3M Co.

Multinational conglomerate active in industry, worker safety, healthcare and consumer goods. With over 60 000 products under various brands, 3M operates in more than 70 countries.


AbbVie Inc.

Research-based pharmaceutical manufacturer created in 2013 as a spin-off from Abbott Laboratories. AbbVie now provides products to patients in more than 170 countries.


Accenture Plc

Professional services company that provides business strategy, management consulting, tech implementation and analytics to clients around the world, including more than 75% of the Fortune Global 500.


Activision Inc.

California-based video game holding company that produces many of the world’s biggest games, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Guitar Hero, Overwatch and more.


Adobe Inc.

Computer software company best known for creativity and desktop publishing products like Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and Creative Cloud.


Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Multinational semiconductor company that produces computer processors, motherboard chipsets, workstations and more for business and consumer markets.


Alibaba Group Holding Ltd

Chinese multinational tech company specialising in retail, e-tail, AI and venture capital. Its 2014 IPO was, at the time, the largest in world history.


ALJ Regional Holdings Inc.

Parent company of call centre and outsourcing company Faneuil, flooring company Floors-N-More, and printing company Phoenix Color.


Alphabet Inc. – A Share

Google’s parent company is one of the most valuable in the world. Its class A shares – which carry the stock ticker symbol GOOGL – are common stock, with a one-share-one-vote structure.


Alphabet Inc. – C Share

Alphabet’s GOOG shares are class C, which means shareholders don’t have voting rights. Not sure what Alphabet does? Google it.


Altria Group, Inc.

Philip Morris USA’s parent company is one of the world’s biggest producers of tobacco, cigarettes and related products. Altria recently expanded into the e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco industries. Inc.

While Amazon made its name in e-commerce, the tech giant has since expanded into AI, streaming and cloud computing. It’s now one of the Big Five US IT companies.


Apple Inc.

A Big Five tech company, Apple designs and develops computer software, consumer electronic and online services. If you don’t already use one of its products, you’ve almost certainly heard of them: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch… the list goes on.


Associated Capital Group Inc.

A US-based alternative investment management business that provides institutional research services to hedge funds and asset managers, as well as affiliated mutual funds and managed accounts.


AT&T Inc.

The world’s largest telecoms company is both the largest mobile phone company (through AT&T Communications), and one of the biggest media companies in terms of revenue (through WarnerMedia).


Atlantic American Corp.

A holding company (its key subsidiaries are American Southern and Bankers Fidelity) that specialises in the life, health, property and casualty insurance industries.


Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Canadadian licensed cannabis producer with operations in 25 countries, and a funded capacity of over 625 000 kg of cannabis production per annum. Inc.

Chinese multinational tech company specialising in AI and internet products and services (including maps, cloud storage and online forums). Its search engine is the second-largest in the world.


Bank of America

American multinational investment bank and financial services holding company that is ranked as the eighth-largest bank in the world. BoA is one of the US’s Big Four banks, with operations in 40 other countries.


Barrick Gold Corp.

Canada-based mining company with operations in 13 countries. Its diversified portfolio spans many of the world’s most prolific gold districts, focusing on high-margin, long-life assets.


Berkshire Hathaway Inc. B

Even if you haven’t heard of Berkshire Hathaway, you’ve probably heard of its CEO, Warren Buffet: one of the richest investors in the world. The holding company’s B shares cover segments ranging from insurance to railroads, energy, manufacturing, retail, aviation, financial products and more.


Beyond Meat Inc.

An innovative food company that produces plant-based meat substitutes, including products designed to look, feel, smell and taste like chicken, pork and beef.


Boeing Co.

Multinational aerospace manufacturer that designs, builds and sells airplanes, rockets, missiles, satellites and telecoms equipment. Boeing is one of the biggest defence contractors in the world, and one of the US’s biggest exporters.


Canopy Growth Corp.

One of the world’s biggest cannabis companies and the first in North America to be publicly traded. Its subsidiary, Tweed, is a pioneer in compassionate pricing, aimed at making medical cannabis affordable for patients.


Caterpillar Inc.

Heavy-equipment company that designs, makes and sells construction equipment, engines and financial products, along with its sideline business in clothing and workwear.





Coca-Cola Co.

US-based multinational beverage corporation that produces some of the world’s most famous brands – from Appletiser, Bacardi and Coke to Fanta, Sprite, Nestea and beyond.


Cronos Group Inc.

Global cannabinoid company focusing on cannabis research, the distribution of hemp-derived CBD-infused products, and the cultivation and marketing of cannabis-derived products for the medical and adult-use markets.


CrowdStrike Holdings Inc.

Cyber-security company providing threat intelligence, cyberattack response services and endpoint security, with real-time visibility facilitated by AI and cloud support.


CVS Health Corp.

US healthcare company whose subsidiaries include health insurer Aetna, pharmacy benefits manager CVS Caremark, and retail pharmacy chain CVS Pharmacy.


Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.

Investment advisory and fund administration services company that assists mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Its Diamond Hill Capital Management subsidiary offers investment advice to the Diamond Hill Funds and other institutional accounts.


DouYu International Holdings Ltd

China-based game-centric live streaming video service with a specialisation in eSports content. It claims more than 160 million monthly active users in China, making it bigger than its rival Twitch.


Electronic Arts

The second-largest gaming company in Europe and the Americas, its popular franchises include household names like The Sims, Medal of Honor and Star Wars; along with EA Sports titles like FIFA, Madden NFL and NBA Live.


Emmis Communications Corp.

US-based media and broadcasting conglomerate primarily focused on FM and AM radio.


Exxon Mobil Corporation

American multinational oil and gas corporation with operations in more than 20 countries. Over half of its shares are held by institutional investors and it’s ranked as one of the largest companies in the world by revenue.


Facebook Inc.

One of the Big Five US tech companies and one of the most valuable companies in the world, Facebook remains a pioneer in social networking and social media. Its subsidiaries include the likes of Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus VR.


General Electric Co.

An established Fortune 500 firm with operations in power, renewable energy, digital industry, healthcare, aviation, manufacturing and finance. GE draws on a heritage that goes back nearly 130 years to its founder, lightbulb inventor Thomas Edison.


Goldman Sachs

US multinational investment bank and financial services firm, as well as a leading market maker. One of the world’s largest investment banks by revenue, the Group is a high-profile employer, with many former employees having gone on to work in key government positions.


HEXO Corp.

Canadian consumer packaged goods company that serves the global cannabis market. HEXO produces medical and adult-use cannabis together with cannabis oil sublingual mist products, activated fine-milled cannabis powder products and cannabis beverages.



Chinese-based holding company that provides live streaming video game content, in addition to entertainment like anime, talent shows and outdoor activities. Its shares are available via American Depository Receipts (ADRs).


InMode Ltd

Israeli-based medical company that provides devices for minimally invasive and non-invasive surgical aesthetic and medical treatment procedures, including fat reduction, skin tightening, face and body contouring, and ablative skin rejuvenation.


Intel Corp.

The world’s largest computer chip manufacturer (based on revenue), Intel supplies microprocessors to tech giants like HP, Lenovo and Dell. Its product line also includes graphics chips, motherboard chipsets, flash memory and other computing devices.


International Business Machines

Multinational tech and consulting company with interests ranging from research to nanotechnology and hardware to software and middleware. A household name, IBM is one of the world’s largest employers.


iQIYI Inc.

Chinese video-on-demand platform. A spin-off of Baidu, iQIYI is one of the biggest online video sites in the world, with more than 500 monthly active users. Inc.

Chinese e-commerce company, formerly known as 360buy and also known as Jingdong. The platform sells a range of items (including computer electronics), while the broader business owns the world’s largest fleet of delivery drones.


Johnson & Johnson

American multinational corporation with 250 subsidiaries across the pharmaceutical, medical and consumer packaged goods industries. J&J is one of the world’s most valuable companies, with operations in 60 countries and products sold in over 170.






JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Multinational investment bank ranked by S&P Global as the largest bank in the United States by total assets. The world’s most valuable bank by market cap, it’s one of America’s elite Big Four.


The Kraft Heinz Co.

One of the largest food and beverage companies in the world. Kraft Heinz manufactures and markets a wide range of products under brands like Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Heinz, Velveeta, Maxwell House and Jell-O.


Lyft Inc.

The second-largest ridesharing company in the United States, Lyfts operates a mobile app that offers vehicles for hire, motorised scooters, bicycle sharing and food delivery.


You are reading part 1 of the A-Z of global companies to invest in on Shyft. Read part 2 here 


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