• Apple overtakes Wal-Mart

    Shares surge on iPad pre-orders, making Apple America's third most valuable company

    UPDATE: That was short-lived. By March 15, Apple's market cap had fallen below Wal-Mart's once again.

    Ninety minutes after Apple (AAPL) opened its online store for iPad pre-orders Friday morning, a burst of trading -- roughly 2 million shares in 30 minutes -- pushed its stock price to $227.73 and its market cap to $206.5 billion.

    That, and a dip in MORE

    - Mar 12, 2010 10:43 AM ET
  • Apple approaches $200 billion

    With its record close Friday, it's now the 4th largest publicly traded U.S. company

    When its shares closed at $218.95 Friday, Apple (AAPL) became one of the five biggest U.S. companies by market capitalization, right below Wal-Mart (WMT) and above Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A). (See chart at right.)

    In the horse race most tech handicappers care about, however, Apple vs. Microsoft, the company has another $50 billion and change to go. Apple would MORE

    - Mar 6, 2010 6:35 AM ET
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