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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Apple Crosses $800bn Market Value

    Apple CEO, Tim Cook
    iPhone maker, Apple hit a record high on Nasdaq on Monday and became the first company in the world to reach a market capitalisation of USD 800 billion surpassing the market caps of entire BSE Sensex companies and is greater than GDP of many countries like Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, the Netherlands and others.

    Considered the world’s most valuable company, Apple shares on the Nasdaq exchange rose in midday trading Monday to a high of $153.70 per share. Multiplied by 5.21 billion outstanding shares, the company’s value was briefly above $800 billion.
    At the close of trading, Apple stood at $153.01 per share, or a market capitalisation of $797.7 billion.
    Apple’s 2.7 percent increase on Monday came after a positive research note from Brian White of the investment firm Drexel Hamilton, which suggested an eventual price target of $185 to $202 per share for Apple stock. If the stock price increases to $202, Apple would cross the trillion-dollar threshold.
    White said the valuation “has been depressed for years as investors grew concerned that Apple would fall victim to the missteps of consumer electronic companies in of the past.” He added, though, that the company “has proven its resilience through its unique ability to develop hardware, software and services that work seamlessly together.”
    Apple’s stock prices have been elevated by a recent rally on Wall Street. The Nasdaq 100 index of the stock exchange’s 100 largest non-financial companies closed at a record high on Friday.
    Alphabet, the parent company of Google Inc., is valued at $653 billion and is the second most valuable company. Microsoft Inc. is third at $532 billion.

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