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Apple overtakes Walmart in market capitalization

updated 11:45 am EST, Fri March 12, 2010

Places Apple amongst top US investments

Apple briefly overtook discount retailer Walmart in market cap on Friday morning, says Fortune. Starting 90 minutes after pre-orders for the iPad opened, a surge of about 2 million shares is said to have been traded in the space of 30 minutes, pushing Apple's stock price up to $227.73. It has since relaxed to approximately $227.

Market capitalization is a function of stock price multiplied by the number of outstanding shares, and Apple's jump combined with a price drop for Walmart is said to have at least temporarily made the former more valuable, with a cap of $206.5 billion. Apple also ranked as the US' third-largest company in terms of market cap, dwarfed only by Exxon and Microsoft, while trumping Walmart and Berkshire Hathaway. Last Friday's announcement of the iPad's ship date has helped to buoy Apple shares in general.




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  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Who would have thought...

    we'd see the day when Apple would be in the top 5 largest companies (by market cap)?!?

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    They should shut the company down...

    And give the money back to the shareholders.

    Mike dell, are you paying attention?

    - A

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