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Apple's Market Capitalization Hits $600 Billion

Apple's stock has continued its remarkable run in 2012, moving up another 1% today to briefly hit a market capitalization of $600 billion. The milestone comes just under six weeks after hitting $500 billion, and Apple's stock is now up nearly 60% since the beginning of the year.


If some analysts are to be believed, the $600 billion mark is just a brief stop on the company's way to a trillion dollar market capitalization. Analysts are beginning to float that unprecedented number as a target for Apple's stock price over the next year or so.

Apple is now within just a few billion dollars of taking Microsoft's title of most valuable publicly-traded company ever, targeting its rivals' $604 billion market capitalization achieved in December 1999. But adjusting for inflation, Microsoft's market capitalization at that time would correspond to over $800 billion in today's dollars.

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32 months ago

A trillion dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A brazillian dollars.

Am I doing it right?


Brazillian dollars aren't worth that much, the exchange rate right now is about 0.55 US dollars.
Rating: 13 Votes
32 months ago
You know what's scarier than a $600 billion company? A $600 billion company whose revenues are still growing at 40%+ year over year (and margins are still high).
Rating: 13 Votes
32 months ago

I would be nervous if I were a shareholder, even if their product and revenue structure is so tangible compared to a company that can float numbers like a bank.


I am a stock holder and I am not one little bit nervious about the stock price. I still think the stock price is undervalued. Undervalued at $100, $200, $300, $400 and $500.
Rating: 8 Votes
32 months ago
Anyone figured out how to use time capsule to by stock in the past?
Rating: 7 Votes
32 months ago

Now its certainly getting into bubble territory, time to pull my stock out I would think.


Just because a company has a high valuation makes it a bubble? Please. Check the P/E ratios of the bubble stocks in the DotCom crash. Check the P/E ratio of Microsoft back when it hit its peak of a $600-billion-plus valuation.

If anything Apple is still undervalued. $100 billion in cash and a P/E of a low-growth company despite serious growth.
Rating: 5 Votes
32 months ago
People have been saying Apple was too high when it hit $100, then $200, $300, $400, $500, $600 and people are still saying it's only a matter of time.

I'll let all the armchair analysts keep chipping away while I smile at my portfolio each day.

Apple is just getting started and at this point, since I've been in at $80, I'm just going to ride it out. Apple could take a hit tomorrow and I'll still be so ahead. It's worth it just to sit back and see what happens.
Rating: 4 Votes
32 months ago

I love apple as much (actually more) than the next fanboy, but this is getting a little crazy. There's no way this can last, and I think it would be a lot better for the stock price to stabilize. When it goes back down to 500B or something like that, people are going to be calling apple a fail!

OTOH, I'm sure apple is worth 600 instagrams!

Yet the P/E-ratio, which relates directly to the exchange rate and thus the market capitalization, is below average for the industry. If Apple is able to sustain their current profit growth for at least another year, I think we'll hit the trillion dollar milestone sooner than most people would expect. If the growth would seize then Apple will probably flatten at around 750-800.

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Now its certainly getting into bubble territory, time to pull my stock out I would think.

Define bubble. Most analysts agree that Apple is closer to being undervalued than overvalued.
Rating: 4 Votes
32 months ago

Anyone has any info on what Michael Dell has to say? Btw id rather 1/600th of apple than 1 instagram.


Apple market value is now worth 20 times Dell market value.
Rating: 3 Votes
32 months ago

If P/E was the only factor, stocks would be an easy game to play:rolleyes:


QFT. I can see the amateur pundits are out in force today. Every one of them seems to be able to predict the future. I wish I knew their secret. (Hint: they don't have one. They are WAGers.)

The truth about valuations: The concept of overvalued and undervalued stocks is a phantom. The markets value stocks every second of every trading day. This is their sole function. Market valuations are based on all of the currently known information about a stock. No stock is worth more or less than that, by definition. As for predicting future values, they are all about being better at guessing the future than the rest of market. Good luck with that.

I've been riding the AAPL critter for 15 years now, through lots of ups, a bunch of sideways, and plenty of downs. All of that experience has taught me one important lesson: never try to predict the future unless you really enjoy looking like a fool.
Rating: 3 Votes
32 months ago
I would be investing if it weren't for Sallie Mae and her demands upon my paycheck. :( :(
Rating: 3 Votes

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