This website is a member of Liberty Alliance, which has been named as an company.

Apple Now Biggest-Ever U.S. Company

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Apple Inc. surpassed Microsoft Corp. Monday as the largest U.S. company ever, measured by stock-market value.

Apple hit the new milestone—$623.52 billion—at a time when its influence on the economy, on the stock market and on popular culture rivals that of some of the most powerful companies in U.S. history: General Motors Co., GM -0.64% whose Corvette and Impala typified a confident postwar manufacturing giant; Microsoft, whose technology heralded the arrival of the personal computer and the early Internet age; and International Business Machines Corp., IBM -0.36% whose buttoned-down rigor inspired rivals to reach for greatness.

“It is one of those iconic companies,” says Richard Sylla, professor of financial history at New York University’s Stern School of Business. “When I think about these companies, their products were used by all kinds of people and their leaders were considered geniuses.”

Apple’s stock-market valuation at Monday’s close of business was greater, in nominal terms, although not in inflation-adjusted terms, than Microsoft’s closing high of $616.34 billion in December 1999. It left Apple’s value more than $200 billion ahead of that of its nearest U.S. rival, Exxon Mobil, which stood at $405.97 billion, according to FactSet. That gap is almost as large as the market value of IBM.

Post Continues on

Posting Policy
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read more.