As of January 12, 2006 10:01 ET, Apple Computer’s market value (price per share multiplied by the number of shares outstanding) stands at $72,039,808,640. Dell’s market value currently stands at $73,150,994,043.

[UPDATE: As of 10:58am ET, Market values: Apple: $72,301,066,720, Dell: $72,912,111,560.]

Rest assured, we are watching the situation closely. We have an article prepped (including relevant comments made in the past by Michael Dell and Steve Jobs) if and when Apple passes Dell in market value. (Note: Hewlett-Packard, maker of PCs, printers, digital cameras, etc. currently has a market value around $87.7 bln.)

You can watch the Apple vs. Dell market value race here.

Related article of particular interest:
Hedge fund manager Cody Willard: ‘Apple could become more valuable than Microsoft sometime in 2007′ – December 15, 2005

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CSFB ups Apple target price to $90 – January 11, 2006
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