Apple closes at a record $699.78, 22¢ shy of $700September 17, 2012: 5:12 PM ET
But the stock is still worth less than the average run-of-the-mill S&P 500 company
FORTUNE -- It seems the drumbeat of positive news for Apple (AAPL) -- the Samsung verdict, the iPhone 5, the 2 million pre-orders, the rumors of new products in the wings -- was finally too much for the Apple bears.
On Monday, the company's share price shot right up to and, in after-hours trading, finally broke through the psychological barrier of $700 a share.
Although the stock is up nearly 75% over the past 12 months, the company is still relatively cheap by the standards of the S&P 500.
Apple is sitting on a bigger cash hoard ($117 billion) than any company in the world, and the 60% growth rate its earnings have racked up over the past 5 years can hardly be compared with the S&P 500's -1.66%.
Yet even after the stock's recent run-up, Apple's trailing price-to-earnings ratio of 16.45 still hasn't caught up to the S&P 500's 16.50.