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MarketBeat (WSJ Blog) – Apple’s Market Value: To Infinity and Beyond!
Apple is now the most valuable company of all time. Shares are rising again this morning, continuing the sharp run-up of the past few weeks that has propelled the tech juggernaut to its all-time high. The stock recently rose 1.8% at $660, pushing Apple’s market capitalization up to $619 billion, FactSet data show. The previous historical record for top market cap belonged to Microsoft, whose market value topped out at $616.3 billion in December 1999, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Now Apple holds the distinction as the most valuable company by market capitalization. Apple’s market cap is also more than $200 billion greater than Exxon Mobil – the second biggest company right now clocking in at $405 billion. Microsoft, Wal-Mart and IBM round out the top five.


As the story above states, Apple has officially become the largest company by market capitalization in history. The table below highlights some other companies along with their peak market capitalizations for comparison.

Category: Think Tank

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5 Responses to “Apple Becomes The Largest Company Ever”

  1. warren.buffett says:

    next step: inflation-adjusted peak capitalization. I’m assuming around $800 Billion

  2. idaman says:

    speaking of inflation, in real terms, AAPL is still number two

    in todays ft
    read Money Illusions

    that being said, MSFT, GE, CSCO, INTC, ORCL, IBM were all wildly overvalued during the dotcom bubble. AAPL is arguably reasonably valued. which is truly amazing.

  3. VennData says:

    How can this possibly happen with the threat of socialized medicine, 50% marginal tax rates for job creators and removal of work requirements for welfare? A Kenyan mind trick?

  4. howardoark says:

    I’ve been thinking of shorting Apple since it was at $400. It will eventually get to a point where a short will octuple your money. No one will know when that is though and only the lucky will get it right. History says it’s a good short now. It will be a better short when it gets to $980.

  5. victor says:

    WS is expert in knocking winners off their perch.