Two local companies are being honored by Fortune Magazine.

Allentown-based PPL and Hunterdon County, New Jersey-based Merck both landed spots on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies list.

PPL ranks number 7 on the list of Electric and Gas Utilities.

Merck ranks 3rd in the category of Pharmaceuticals.

The list won't be printed until the magazine's March 18th issue but it can already been found online.