Standard & Poor's blew it. With Gillette bowing out of the popular S&P 500 index over the weekend because of the shaving giant's absorption into the Procter & Gamble
But it wasn't enough. Instead, Lennar
Google is the undisputed leader in online advertising, with $4.4 billion rung up on that front over the past year. It is the Internet's most valuable company, pegged with an $88 billion price tag. It's a travesty, with laggards like Janus, Applied Micro Circuits, and JDS Uniphase
It's not as if the index was starving for homebuilders. Lennar is a $9 billion company, sure, but D.R. Horton
Regardless of whether you think Google is currently overvalued, it's still one of the country's most important companies. The fact that it's a fast-growing, dynamic knockout just adds some timely urgency to the S&P's bonehead failure in recognizing Google's market stature. At a time when so much commerce is making the move online, the S&P 500 chose to hand a warm set of keys to a company getting by on bricks and mortar.
Enjoy those concrete shoes, indexers.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz doesn't think he will ever get a room in the 500-room hotel, but he'll sneak a dip in the pool when no one is looking. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.