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Apple Inc. has become the first publicly traded U.S. company in history to be worth $2 trillion.
The iPhone maker’s shares reached the multi-trillions on Wednesday, when its stock neared $468 for the first time. Shares of Apple are now up a remarkable 60% this year, despite the coronavirus outbreak.
An upcoming four-for-one stock split that will make Apple’s shares more affordable to more investors also sparked a rally after it was announced three weeks ago, The Associated Press reports.
The tech giant is even worth more than Saudi Aramco, which was the first company to reach a market value of $2 trillion shortly after it became public in December 2019. The Saudi energy producer’s shares have since fallen amid a drop in oil prices, and its market value is now about $1.82 trillion.
Apple’s $2 trillion market cap makes it the most valuable publicly traded company, followed by Amazon Inc., which is worth $1.7 trillion. Computer software maker Microsoft, which is negotiating a purchase of video-streaming service TikTok, is worth $1.6 trillion.
Apple has been at the vanguard of a group of Big Tech companies that are increasingly taking over people’s lives — and the stock market. The group of five, which also includes Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet, accounts for nearly a quarter of the S&P 500’s entire value.
Apple also was the first company to cross the $1 trillion market value mark, in early August 2018. In the past two years, the company’s market value has doubled, making CEO Tim Cook a billionaire.
First published on August 19, 2020 / 11:07 AM
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