Apple shares hit new all-time closing high

In NASDAQ trading today, Apple Inc. (AAPL) shares gained $12.81, or 1.95%, on well above average volume of 20,024,167 shares to set a new all-time closing high of $668.87.

Apple’s previous all-time closing high was $665.14, set on Monday, August 20, 2012.

Apple’s all-time intraday high is $674.88, set on August 21, 2012. Apple’s 52-week low stands at $354.24.

Apple’s market value currently stands at $627.00 billion.

The top five U.S. publicly-traded companies, based on market value:
1. Apple (AAPL) – $627.00B
2. Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $404.96B
3. Microsoft (MSFT) – $256.03B
4. Wal-Mart (WMT) – $242.87B
5. IBM (IBM) – $225.41B

Selected companies’ current market values:
• Google (GOOG) – $221.46B
• Intel (INTC) – $128.73B
• Amazon (AMZN) – $109.90B
• Cisco (CSCO) – $102.48B
• Disney (DIS) – $89.10B
• Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) – $37.86B
• Dell (DELL) – $20.43B
• Yahoo! (YHOO) – $17.67B
• Adobe (ADBE) – $16.64B
• Sony (SNE) – $11.83B
• Nokia (NOK) – $10.69B
• Sirius XM (SIRI) – $9.81B
• Research In Motion (RIMM) – $3.65B
• Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) – $2.84B
• RealNetworks (RNWK) – $0.28B

AAPL quote via NASDAQ here.

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Apple shares hit new all-time intraday, closing highs – August 20, 2012
Apple beats Microsoft, sets all-time record for company value at $621 billion – August 20, 2012
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Apple shares hit new all-time closing high – August 16, 2012


  1. Today more than made up for yesterday’s drop. I’m happy. Very happy! I forced myself to get out of most of my AAPL options today. I’m way,way up. It’s difficult to know when to get out, I guess there’s always a little bit of the greed factor. But I did make myself take my profit today. Now I’m waiting for a dip to get back in because you don’t want to be out of Apple for the next four months. And to the people who buy and hold forever that’s great but remember this, you don’t make any money until you sell. Just like me with my options today I know it’s difficult to pull the trigger as the stock or option value keeps climbing rapidly but the reason you bought in the beginning was to make money. And you don’t make money until you sell. And yes, I understand dividends. And dividends are wonderful. I’m very happy for the people who buy the stock that they now have dividends to add to the reward of investing in AAPL. But you still need to take your profits in the stock. You can buy back in at a lower price and continue to reap the reward of dividends. I don’t enjoy the luxury of dividends as I only buy options. But options have made me so much more money than I could’ve ever made in the last few years buying the stock. My options have doubled and tripled in the last month. Plus for every dollar invested in AAPL through options my return is many times what it would be in the stock itself. But investing in AAPL, stocks or options or both, has made many of us very, very happy. If you can’t afford to buy a lot of AAPL shares at least look into options, they’re not complex as long as you trade them in a conservative manner. Buy calls not puts unless you are knowledgeable. Long term in the money calls purchased at the right price are wonderful. And so rewarding compared to individual shares. Just remember that whatever your investment approach, you have to take profit at some point. Because that’s why you bought in ; to profit. And you can’t spend paper profits. Good luck to all. I’m long AAPL. Go baby!

    1. > And to the people who buy and hold forever that’s great but remember this, you don’t make any money until you sell.

      Not true, I made a bundle in dividents from my AAPL last week.

    2. Congrats to all Apple investors and traders.

      I’ve owned Apple options in the past, when I had more time to pay attention to them. The last time I remember owning options was when Apple was $20 back in 2003, and I sold at $26. Anyhow, I don’t have the time to trade options, so I buy and hold. I bought at $96 back in Feb of 2007, after Steve’s iPhone keynote. I held until $201 after Xmas, sold a portion of my position, and then rebought at $120, and have held 3000 shares all the way to today’s $668. I don’t pay too much attention until earnings come out, then I study the 10Q. It’s far less time intensive than trading options.

      In other words, you can make money with options or a buy n hold strategy. It all depends upon what suits your trading or investing style, and how much time you want to put into it. There’s no one right answer.

  2. @Weekend
    I took my brokers advice to take profits once and sold half my Apple. The other $16,000 is now worth $320,000. It’s true that it’s not profit until I sell it but I like my odds, I like them a lot.

    1. True, but your $320,000 could revert back to $16,000 too. But if you took the $16,000 that you cashed out and put that $16,000 back in Apple at a lower price it would be worth more than $320,000 today. Right? Yes it would. I’m not saying become a daytrader or even play the market. That’s up to each individual and his or her experience and ability to handle pressure. All I’m saying is you can’t spend paper profit. Also, where did you put that $16,000 that you pulled out? Apple is a great stock but there are stocks that have done better over the years believe it or not. And AAPL won’t go up forever. As much as we all like the company and its products, it won’t go up forever. Never fall in love with a stock. Investing in what you like can be a good plan but always separate emotion from investing. Good luck to you. Your odds are very good for the next four months. Very good.

        1. Ok, but that’s obvious. No matter what you invest in. If you don’t go to work you don’t pay any taxes either. If you don’t buy a car you don’t pay sales taxes. If you don’t buy gas you don’t pay any taxes. Your comment is true but not relevant or thought out. But you’re at least trying.

  3. Microsofts previous valuation high was nothing less that a gross distortion fuelled by an idiotic tech bubble. The reality is Apple is tangibly worth twice whatever bubble price MS was supposedly priced at.

  4. AAPL at number 1 is almost as large as number 2 and number 3 combined.

    In other news, people are discounting AAPL’s record-beating value by saying when inflation is taken into account, MSFT is still on top.

    However, what about taking the dot-com bubble into account? It appears no one is doing this.

    In December of 1999, when MSFT was at it’s peak, the NASDAQ was around 5,000.

    Today the NASDAQ is around 3,000.

    So how about let’s take BOTH inflation AND dot-com blind euphoria into account? AAPL topped MSFT a long time before Monday.

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