Apple shares hit new all-time intraday, closing highs

Shares of Apple Inc. today rose $0.50, or 0.21%, on lighter-than-average volume of 11,619,04 shares to set a new all-time closing high of $242.29.

Apple’s previous closing high was $241.79 set last Friday, April 9th. Apple’s all-time high (intraday) stands at $243.07, set during trading today. Apple’s 52-week low is $115.76.

At market close, Apple’s market value stands at $219.71 billion.

Apple went public on December 12, 1980 and closed with a market cap of $1.431 billion. Apple’s all-time low market value was $630.9 million on July 8, 1982.

The top five U.S. publicly-traded companies:
1. Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $324.40B
2. Microsoft (MSFT) – $265.92B
3. Apple (AAPL) – $219.71B
4. Wal-Mart (WMT) – $206.82B
5. Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) – $198.69B

Apple vs. Microsoft Market Cap:

Via Wolfram|Alpha. More info here.

Selected companies’ current market values:
• Google (GOOG) – $182.12B
• IBM (IBM) – $166.74B
• Cisco (CSCO) – $151.90B
• Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) – $126.35B
• Intel (INTC) – $124.51B
• Disney (DIS) – $69.61B
• Amazon (AMZN) – $62.77B
• Nokia (NOK) – $55.99B
• Research In Motion (RIMM) – $39.32B
• Sony (SNE) – $36.67B
• Dell (DELL) – $31.19B
• Yahoo! (YHOO) – $24.53B
• Adobe (ADBE) – $24.70B
• Motorola (MOT) – $17.16B
• Beleaguered Palm (PALM) – $1.02B
• RealNetworks (RNWK) – $605.42M

AAPL quote via NASDAQ here.

22 Comments

  1. I have a bottle of champagne waiting to be opened.

    Just as soon as Apple’s market cap hits $270B, I’ll tip my glass to Monkey-boy. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I find it fascinating that Microsoft has something like 92,000 full time employees. Apple has approximately 31,500 employees. This is not a direct tie-in to overall productivity, however it is a significant difference in the two companies.

    Just a thought.

  3. Essentially flat today, but at least AAPL was slightly positive on a day when MSFT was slightly negative.

    And PALM is back up to $6 on takeover rumors. I should have gone with my gut feeling and bought a bunch when it went under $4. I thought it might go lower before the “for sale” sign went up.

  4. @auren

    A hefty chunk of that is retail, APPL is a lean mean code machine. Oh and hardware too, err, and design, and marketing, ok genius as well, yeah and the finest line up of VP’s in world company history.

    It’s so easy when you think it out. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. People who still make “Laura Goldman” jokes don’t seem to recall that APPL dropped more than $30 BELOW her recommended sell price (to under $80 a share). Hearing her name used to make me laugh and feel smug; now it makes me cringe. So stop it already… there are plenty of more recent analyst stupidity to joke about.

  6. I still get a good chuckle out of Laura Goldman quote, it just doesn’t feel complete without mentioning her. A tradition almost that hasn’t run out of gas just yet.

    And for defending her, well she made the call when Apple was poised to grow big and it did. It only crashed a long time later along with the Market and hedge fund manipulation. She was none the wiser as she came out swinging when Apple finally went down below her initial prediction point. So, yeah, not a lot of sympathy for her from my end. But if everyone else wants to move on from that, I won’t spoil the party.

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