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Apple becomes first company to hit $3 trillion market value, then slips


Apple Inc on Monday become the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before ending the day a hair below that milestone, as investors bet the iPhone maker will keep launching best-selling products as it explores new markets such as automated cars and virtual reality.

On the first day of trading in 2022, the Silicon Valley company’s shares hit an intraday record high of $182.88, putting Apple’s market value just above $3tr. The stock ended the session up 2.5 per cent at $182.01, with Apple’s market capitalization at $2.99tr.

The world’s most valuable company reached the milestone as investors bet that consumers will continue to shell out top dollar for iPhones, MacBooks and services such as Apple TV and Apple Music.

“It’s a fantastic accomplishment and certainly worthy to be celebrated,” said Jake Dollarhide, chief executive officer of Longbow Asset Management in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “It just shows you how far Apple has come, and how dominant it is seen as in the majority of investors’ eyes.”

Apple shared the $2trn market value club with Microsoft Corp, which is now worth about $2.5tr. Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Tesla Inc have market values above $1tr. Saudi Arabian Oil Co is valued at about $1.9tr, according to Refinitiv.

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