Apple’s stock market worth has augmented by nearly $230 billion since December 2010. If you invested $10,000 into Apple in 2000, definitely, you could get $966,667 today – almost a millionaire now. Whether it’s astounding you or not, but the company has incredibly marked almost 98% of growth in just a little over a year. Presently, Apple’s worth is greater than the sum of total worth of Microsoft and Google together. Apple’s stock market value reached at the top—almost $500 billion—just after early trading of Wednesday this week. Apple has now joined the elite list which has only 5 companies who surpassed $500 billion valuation -ever.
If we try to know the past records, we could find only Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Cisco, and GE have surpassed $500 billion valuation figure. However, Microsoft’s $600 billion stock market worth record is all time highest till date. The current market capital of Microsoft is $267 billion—nearly the half of Apple’s total present capital. Apple’s valuation is higher than even the gross domestic product (GDP) of some of the countries such as Poland, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, or Taiwan.
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Apple is being considered as one of the fastest growing technology company in the history. The company has reportedly stated in January that it has unprecedentedly recorded 73% growth of sale in last year compare to 2010. The company’s profit in Q4 last calender year was equivalent to the total revenue of the company in same quarter a year ago. A week back, Apple’s share value in open trading reached to $500, with a potential to grow further. On Wednesday morning trading, Apple’s stock rose to $540 per share.
Apple is now leading in the total valuation followed by ExxonMobil worth $410 billion. PetroChina is at the third notch with the valuation of $281 billion, while Microsoft is at fourth place with $267 billion.
The statistics depict that Apple is growing with dizzying pace year-over-year. Apple’s iPhone alone accounted half of the company’s revenue in Q4 (calendar) last year—exclusive of its sale in China. Currently, Apple is facing a stiff legal resistance to sale its iPad in China. If we sum the total contribution of iPhone and iPad to its entire revenue in Q4 (calendar) last year, it would reach to 72% of the total revenue. Apple sold 37 million iPhones and 15.4 million iPad in last quarter. Apple’s Mac lines also contributed nearly 20% to its revenue in last quarter—which might be considered as 24 consecutive quarter sale growth. It’s obvious that Smartphone as well as Tablet segment is substantially growing year-over-year, which might be a good indication for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
Apple is still more aggressive about its Mac line up. The company has recently announced to launch it Mac OSX “Mountain Lion” later this year. On the contrary, Microsoft’s market valuation has been decreased from $600 billion to $267 billion. Microsoft Windows Division negatively performed in last quarter. Windows Phone is currently far behind than iOS and Android OS. I think, it’s not possible for Windows Phone to overcome iOS or Android in the market share by the end of this year. However, Microsoft is experimenting with Windows 8 operating system, which might do some miracle for the company.
Anyways, Apple has currently a hoard of cash, and the company is seeking to invest the amount in some constructive work. However, investors are continuously compelled the company to invest the cash somewhere. As the conditions predict, Apple has marvelous future ahead and as its share value is continuously increasing day-by-day. Analysts are predicting the valuation to grow further up as the third version of Apple iPad – iPad3 – is scheduled to witness the mega launch on March 7. And, if everything goes well as planned by Apple, surely investors and shareholders will see great appreciation further.
Definitely, the day is not far when Apple will surpass Microsoft’s recorded market valuation $600 billion in upcoming years.