NEW YORK: Apple on Monday became the first company to hit a US$3 trillion stock market value, before ending the day a hair below that milestone, as investors bet the iPhone maker will keep launching best-selling products as it explores new markets such as automated cars and virtual reality.
On the first day of trading in 2022, the Silicon Valley company’s shares hit an intraday record high of US$182.88, putting Apple’s market value just above US$3 trillion. The stock ended the session up 2.5 per cent at US$182.01, with Apple’s market capitalisation at US$2.99 trillion, report agencies.
Apple shared the US$2 trillion market value club with Microsoft Corp, which is now worth about US$2.5 trillion. Alphabet, Amazon.com and Tesla have market values above US$1 trillion. Saudi Arabian Oil Co is valued at about US$1.9 trillion, according to Refinitiv.
Apple’s US$3 trillion market value follows 5,800% gain since iPhone debut
“The market is rewarding companies that have strong fundamentals and balance sheets, and the companies that are hitting these sort of huge market caps have proven they are strong businesses and not speculation,” said Scott Wren, senior global market strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute.
The rapid embrace of technologies such as 5G, virtual reality and artificial intelligence has also helped these stocks become market darlings as investors moved towards cash-rich companies and away from businesses that have been more sensitive to economic growth.
Apple’s shares have climbed around 5,800 per cent since co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January 2007, far outpacing the S&P 500’s gain of about 230 per cent during the same period.
Still, some investors worry Apple is hitting the limits of how much it can expand its user base and how much cash it can squeeze from each user, with no guarantees that future product categories will prove as lucrative as the iPhone.
The rapid embrace of technologies such as 5G, virtual reality and artificial intelligence has also increased the allure of Apple and other Big Tech companies.
In China, the world’s largest smartphone market, Apple continued to lead for the second straight month, beating rivals such as Vivo and Xiaomi, recent data from CounterPoint Research showed.