Apple Dethrones Exxon as Most Valuable Company

Apple nudged out oil giant Exxon Mobil on Wednesday to become the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world.

The technology company’s stock rose 6.3% to end at $446.66 a share, one day after Apple reported the best quarterly results in history for a tech company. That spike pushed the company’s market value to $419 billion. At that level, Apple has surpassed the perennial champ, Exxon, which has a market value of $418 billion. Exxon’s stock edged up 0.5% to $87.22 a share on Wednesday.

It remains to be seen how long Apple can maintain the title. Apple briefly surpassed Exxon for the first time last August, but the oil giant regained the top spot by the end of that day. Apple’s stellar quarter included a 73% jump in sales to $46.3 billion, a tech industry record reports. The company said its fiscal first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year earlier, rising to $13 billion, or $13.87 per share.

Apple’s results helped boost shares of companies that make components for its products. Chipmakers including Broadcom, Qualcomm, TriQuint, ARM Holdings, Cirrus Logic and Skyworks Solutions all surged. Nuance Communications, one of the companies responsible for Apple’s voice recognition software Siri, gained 3%. Even Zagg, a maker of mobile device accessories, rose 4%.

Apple’s growth is a stunning achievement for a 35-year old company that had a market cap of just $10 billion a decade ago. The company’s turnaround began with the launch of the iPod, and growth really skyrocketed after the iPhone’s release in 2007.

 

Source: CNN

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Died at 56

Technology giant Apple Inc.’s co-founder Steve Jobs finally succumbed to a rare form of pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed in 2003. He died on Wednesday in Palo Alto, California at the age of 56 — just one day after Apple unveiled its latest iPhone model.

According to the family of Steve Jobs, he died “peacefully” surrounded by his family. He left behind his wife Laurene, their son Reed Paul and their daughters Erin Sienna and Eve, and a daughter from a previous relationship, Lisa Brennan-Jobs. In a statement, his family shared that he was a visionary in public, but a family man in private. They gave their thanks to the people who had been with them during Steve’s illness. They will provide a website for those who want to share their tributes to him. However, they are also asking for privacy during their mourning period.

“The world rarely sees someone who has the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come,” said Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, whom Jobs had been often compared. “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.” [Read more…]