Apple Inc. again world’s most valuable company

Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) today rose $9.86, or 2.64% to close at $383.58. Apple’s market value now stands at $355.61 billion, making it the world’s most valuable publicly-traded company. Exxon Mobil is #2 at $353.18 billion.

The top five U.S. publicly-traded companies, based on market value:
1. Apple (AAPL) – $355.61B
2. Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $353.18B
3. Microsoft (MSFT) – $211.55B
4. IBM (IBM) – $202.00B
4. Wal-Mart (WMT) – $183.67B

Selected companies’ current market values:
• Google (GOOG) – $170.12B
• GE (GE) – $164.73B
• Intel (INTC) – $103.81B
• Amazon (AMZN) – $90.46B
• Cisco (CSCO) – $83.92B
• Disney (DIS) – $60.13B
• Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) – $51.48B
• Dell (DELL) – $27.29B
• Nokia (NOK) – $21.96B
• Sony (SNE) – $20.76B
• Yahoo! (YHOO) – $16.09B
• Adobe (ADBE) – $12.12B
• Research In Motion (RIMM) – $15.20B
• Motorola Mobility (MMI) – $11.20B
• Sirius XM (SIRI) – $6.37B
• Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) – $4.49B
• RealNetworks (RNWK) – $0.295B

AAPL quote via NASDAQ here.

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    1. Amen. As a shareholder I’m very happy we’re #1. But enough already. I don’t remember constant reminders by XOM that “we’re #1, we’re #1!” it’s like hitting a home run, act like you’ve done it before. Act like you belong there. We have more important things to do as users and shareholders. Let’s get busy.

      1. It’s meaningless only in the sense that it’s not like Apple is going to stop working or “rest on its laurels”, but it’s nice to shove in the face of all those people who were talking sh*t about Apple and how it was going out of business. There are still people I talk to in my professional life who don’t think Apple has a sound business strategy. It’s nice to say to them “well, they are the most valuable company…” because people like that can’t see anything else.

    1. “Saudi Aramco is likely the world’s most valuable privately-held company, with estimates of its value in 2010 ranging from 2.2 trillion USD[2] to 7 trillion USD.”


  1. Apple is not the most valuable company. It is the company with the highest market cap, which is different than the value of the firm itself. The market cap includes the value of the cash at hand and subtracts the debt. In essence, it’s like saying that if someone values a sack with $9.98 in it for $10, the sack is worth $10. Enterprise value is a measure of the value of the firm and by that measure, XOM is still worth a lot more.

    1. But suppose someone keeps putting in a penny into that sack everyday. How do you value it then? I could buy the sack with $9.98 in it today for 10, and in 2 days I’ll have my investment returned. XOM derives its value from the fact the entire world is addicted to oil and will be for a long time. Apple derives its value from large cash reserves, revenue/profits, patents, but especially growth potential. If you offered me $1000 worth of AAPL or $1000 worth of XOM, I’ll pick AAPL. In fact, if you offered me $900 worth of AAPL or $1000 worth of XOM, I would still choose AAPL.

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