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Apple Reaches $3 trillion valuation on Monday

Apple Inc on Monday hits 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  market value just above $3 trillion. The stock ended the session up 2.5% at $182.01, with Apple market capitalization at $2.99 trillion.

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 TV and Apple Music. Shared the $2 trillion market value club with Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), which is now worth about $2.5 trillion. Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Amazon.com Inc and Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) have market values above $1 trillion.

Apple Reaches $3 trillion valuation on MondaySaudi Arabian Oil Co (2222.SE) is valued at about $1.9 trillion. Apple shares have risen 5,800% since co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January 2007, far outpacing the S&P 500’s (.SPX) gain of about 230% during the same period.

Under Tim Cook, who in 2011 became chief executive following Jobs’ death, Apple has sharply increased its revenue from services like video streaming and music. That helped reduce its reliance on the iPhone to about 52% of total revenue in fiscal 2021 from over 60% in 2018, pleasing investors worried the company relied too much on its top-selling product.

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