Report: The most respected companies in the world

Barron’s compiled its list of the 100 most-respected publicly traded companies. Caterpillar surged; Walmart plummeted; and Apple reigns supreme.

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Caterpillar, which wasn’t even on last year’s top 100 list, is No. 5 this year.

Google and Berkshire Hathaway dropped from the top 10, falling from sixth to 16th and third to 15th, respectively. Walmart also took a mighty plummet in 2012, dropping from 18th to 51st.

Here are the top 10 companies:

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