Apple: Most Valuable Company Ever
Surging stock puts company value at $624B
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 20, 2012 4:35 PM CDT
In this Friday, March 16, 2012, photo, Apple employees welcome hundreds of customers in front of the Apple store at a shopping mall in Oberhausen, western Germany.   (Martin Meissner)
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(Newser) – Apple is Wall Street's all-time MVP—that's Most Valuable Property. Today, Apple's surging stock propelled the company's value to $624 billion, the world's highest, ever. It beat the record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp in the heady days of the Internet boom. After a four-month dip, Apple's stock has hit new highs recently because of optimism around what is believed to be the impending launch of the iPhone 5, and possibly a smaller, cheaper iPad.

Apple Inc has been the world's most valuable company since the end of last year. It's now worth 54% more than No. 2 Exxon Mobil Corp. Apple's stock closed at $665.15. That was an all-time high, up $17.04, or 2.6%, from Friday's close. Microsoft's 1999 peak was $620.58 billion, according to Standard & Poor's. The comparison to Microsoft does not take inflation into account. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the software giant was worth about $850 billion on Dec. 30, 1999. Microsoft is now worth $257 billion.