The Observer 100 Index: The List

One comparatively easy way to take the city’s temperature as its health gets sorted out is to follow the stocks that define it. We assembled The Observer 100 Index to watch the city wheeze, cough, sigh, and sing. The rule was to pick the public American stocks (which means no LVMH, which is foreign, no Condé Nast, which is private, and no Ikea, which is both) that have woven themselves into New York’s chromosomes. Here they are:

ATVI Activision Blizzard Inc
MO Altria Group
AMZN Amazon.com Inc
APP American Apparel Inc
AXP American Express Company
AIG Amer Intl Group
AAPL Apple Inc
T AT&T Inc
BAC Bank of America Corporation
BKS Barnes & Noble
BLK Blackrock Inc’A’
BXP Boston Properties
BMY Bristol-Myers SQUIBB
BPO Brookfield Properties
BF.B Brown-Forman’B’
CVC Cablevision Sys’A’
CBG CB Richard Ellis Group
CBS CBS Corporation
C Citigroup Inc
CCO Clear Channel Outdoor Hldgs
COH Coach Inc
CMCSA Comcast Cl’A’
ED Consolidated Edison
HOOK Craft Brewers Alliance Inc
DB Deutsche Bank Ag Ord
EVR Evercore Partners Inc
EXPE Expedia Inc
FIG Fortress Investment Group LLC
FO Fortune Brands
GE General Electric
GS Goldman Sachs Group
GOOG Google Inc Cl A
GMCR Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
GHL Greenhill & Co Inc
GLRE Greenlight Capital Re Ltd A
MLHR Herman Miller
IACI IAC/InterActive Corp
IPG Interpublic Grp Cos
JCG J Crew Group Inc
JBLU JetBlue Airways
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co
KCP Kenneth Cole Productions’A’
LAMR Lamar Advertising ‘A’
LAZ Lazard Ltd
LTD Limited Brands
LYV Live Nation Inc
LIZ Liz Claiborne
M Macy’s Inc
MSO Martha Stewart Living’A’
MRK Merck & Co
MET Metlife Inc
MSFT Microsoft Corp
TAP Molson Coors Brewing Co Cl ‘B’
MS Morgan Stanley
MHGC Morgans Hotel Group Co
MOT Motorola, Inc
NFLX Netflix Inc
NWSA News Corp Ltd Pfd ‘A’ ADS
JWN Nordstrom, Inc
OZM OCH-ZIFF Capital Management
OMC Omnicom Group
PEP Pepsico Inc
PFE Pfizer, Inc
PVH Phillips-Van Heusen
PLA Playboy Enterprises Cl’B’
RL Polo Ralph Lauren’A’
RIMM Research In Motion
REV Revlon Inc
RAI Reynolds American Inc
SKS Saks Inc
SLG SLGreen Realty
SBUX Starbucks Corp
HOT Starwood Hotels&ResWorldwide
TTWO Take-Two Interactive Software
TGT Target Corp
BX The Blackstone Grp L P
EL Lauder (Estee) Co
GPS Gap Inc
KNOT Knot Inc
MHP McGraw-Hill Companies
NYT New York Times’A’
DIS Disney (Walt) Co
WPO Washington Post’B’
TRI Thompson Corporation
TIF Tiffany & Co
TWC Time Warner Cable Inc
TWX Time Warner
CLUB Town Sports Intl Hldngs Inc
UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc
URBN Urban Outfitters
VZ Verizon Communications
VIA Viacom Inc Cl ‘A’
VNO Vornado Realty Trust
WMG Warner Music Group Corp
WBMD WebMD Health Corp
WFMI Whole Foods Market
JW.A Wiley(John)Sons ‘A’
YHOO Yahoo Inc

NOTE: The stocks are subject to change (like when Ticketmaster was removed from the list after it was eaten up by Live Nation)

The Observer 100 Index: The List