Today in Apple history: Apple market cap breezes by Walmart


At this point, a $200 billion market cap seems almost quaint for Apple.
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March 12: Today in Apple history: Apple overtakes Walmart in value March 12, 2010: Apple passes Walmart and investment firm Berkshire Hathaway in value to take third place in market capitalization among publicly listed U.S. companies.

Apple’s valuation roars past $200 billion as a result of intense excitement over the first-generation iPad. Things look good for the company as it guns for powerhouses ExxonMobil and Microsoft.

Apple’s climb to the top of the stock market

At the time, AAPL was trading at $226 per share. Today, it trades at closer to $180 (following a 7-to-1 stock split in 2014 after AAPL peaked at $645).

It didn’t take Apple long to catch up to market leaders ExxonMobil and Microsoft, actually. In May 2010, Apple overtook Microsoft, surpassing the tech giant that dominated Cupertino during the previous decade. A little over a year after that, on August 9, 2011, Apple blew past oil giant ExxonMobil to become the world’s most valuable company.

In all, it was an astonishing turnaround for a company that came perilously close to going out of business during the 1990s.

Apple market cap heads for $1 trillion

Today, Apple has long since passed its $200 billion valuation. It went on to become the first company in history to reach the $700 billion, the $800 billion and the $900 billion marks. That was all en route to the $1 trillion mark, which Apple passed last summer.

Since then, AAPL declined somewhat from that high point. Still, there’s no doubt that this is one of the most spectacularly performing companies in history.

Did you follow Apple during its climb to the top? Did you possess the foresight to invest before the Apple market cap shot sky-high? Let us know in the comments below.