Apple Shares Reach New All-Time High, But Saudi Aramco to Overtake as World's Most Valuable Company

Apple shares crossed the $269 mark in intraday trading today, setting a new all-time high for the company.

However, oil giant Saudi Aramco is set to overtake Apple as the world's most valuable company based on market cap after raising $25.6 billion in the world's biggest initial public offering ever, according to Reuters. The shares are expected to begin trading on the Saudi stock market on December 11.


Saudi Aramco only offered a 1.5 percent stake in the company to public shareholders, so the $25.6 billion raised gives it an overall valuation of around $1.7 trillion, topping Apple's market cap of around $1.1 trillion.

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6 weeks ago


Why woul you want to invest in oil when most the world’s car manufacturers are going electric. Seems short sighted to me.


There are far more uses for oil than just automobiles. And the percentage of electric vehicles to internal combustion is miniscule. Oil isn't going anywhere in our lifetime.
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6 weeks ago
Whilst the 1.7Bn valuation is interesting, I don’t think it’s realistic to value the company based on 1.5% equity.

If the remaining 98.5% was available, would they have been able to find investors to buy the stock? I doubt it.
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6 weeks ago
The Saudi Aramco valuation is a joke. They wanted a 2 trillion valuation and no US or European bank would give it to them (most say it's worth closer to 1 trillion), so they listed in their own country. They even changed the lending limits so that people in Saudi Arabia could borrow double the usual limit to to buy shares.
Rating: 12 Votes
6 weeks ago
I'm more interested in what products Apple makes, then their place in some valuation. Seems more like a **** waving contest more then anything.
Rating: 8 Votes
6 weeks ago


Apple stock alone has made me a rich person!

If Tim is in it for the money, then so am I.

Word to the wise, Apple, like virtually every corporation out there, has been taking out low interest loans and epic tax cuts to buy back their own stock for over ten years now, thus artificially boosting share values. It’s great that you have made money from this corporate led, market wide Ponzi scheme (I too have benefited). You just don’t want to be stuck holding shares when the inevitable correction occurs. When that event will happen is anyone’s guess, but happen it will, and many will be caught unawares and will be in great pain financially.
Rating: 7 Votes
6 weeks ago


Yes, and also adjusted values give 90s Microsoft the win anyway.

This sort of thing always just makes me think of this clip: ?
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Whilst the 1.7Bn valuation is interesting, I don’t think it’s realistic to value the company based on 1.5% equity.

If the remaining 98.5% was available, would they have been able to find investors to buy the stock? I doubt it.

Reminds me of that diamond planet (https://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2012/10/12/diamond-planet-worth-26-9-nonillion/) being valued at '$30 Nonillion' - only it wouldn't be because dumping that much diamond into the market would just make it worthless!
Rating: 6 Votes
6 weeks ago
When even the Saudis are cashing out you know it’s time to get out of oil.
Rating: 5 Votes
6 weeks ago


Word to the wise, Apple, like virtually every corporation out there, has been taking out low interest loans and epic tax cuts to buy back their own stock for over ten years now, thus artificially boosting share values. It’s great that you have made money from this corporate led, market wide Ponzi scheme (I too have benefited). You just don’t want to be stuck holding shares when the inevitable correction occurs. When that event will happen is anyone’s guess, but happen it will, and many will be caught unawares and will be in great pain financially.

If any company justifies their valuation, it's Apple. They have the earnings to back up a 1.2T valuation. It is not an expensive stock, amazingly.

GOOGL, MSFT, FB, AMZN, etc are all more expensive.

Corrections come, but this isn't the 1990s of tech. Only AMZN has a somewhat insane valuation of the companies I mentioned.

To even mention "Ponzi scheme" in the same sentence as these great companies is completely irresponsible. This isn't Enron.

Low interest rates have created a unique situation where companies can borrow cheap money to buyback shares, but this is just math. It was cheaper to do that than to use the overseas cash, so they did it. Fiscally responsible. When the tax laws changed, they used their cash. Buying back shares also makes sense at the right price. Warren Buffett, the greatest investor of all time, likes buybacks too.

Apple and other companies make real cash. This isn't a mirage.
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Railroad companies probably were also worth a lot around 100 years ago.

BNSF is still worth a lot. Berkshire paid $44B for it 10 years ago.
Rating: 4 Votes
6 weeks ago
Apple stock alone has made me a rich person!

If Tim is in it for the money, then so am I.
Rating: 4 Votes
6 weeks ago


Why woul you want to invest in oil when most the world’s car manufacturers are going electric. Seems short sighted to me.

You think oil is only used to produce fuel for vehicles??
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