Apple is now worth more than $775 billion — another new record for the biggest U.S. stock
Ahead of a highly anticipated earnings report, America’s most valuable company is now worth more than ever.
Apple briefly hit a market capitalization of more than $776.59 billion on Tuesday, topping its previous peak market value of $774.91 billion to remain the only U.S.-listed stock with a market value of more than $700 billion. Even with other tech stocks near record highs, Apple dwarfs Alphabet, at $646.6 billion, Microsoft at nearly $536.4 billion and Amazon at $451.5 billion, according to FactSet.
It’s been a long two-year road for Apple, which again breached the $700 billion mark after falling briefly below Alphabet in 2016as Apple posted its first year-over-year revenue drop since 2001. Since then, Apple’s iPhone sales have rebounded thanks to better-than-expected demand for the iPhone 7 Plus, executives say.
Boosted by the rising tide of record highs in the U.S. markets, Apple hit a record intraday share price Tuesday ahead of its quarterly earnings report after the bell.
But despite busting record-high share prices, Apple has until now fallen short of its all-time high market capitalization, since market value is determined by stock price multiplied by shares outstanding. Apple currently has 5.25 million shares outstanding, compared with the 5.76 million shares outstanding it had in March 2015, according to FactSet, as the company has approved share repurchases.
Apple may announce that it bought back more shares during the quarter after Tuesday’s earnings report, further tempering the record market capitalization.