It is once again the world's most valuable company by market capitalization (share price times number of shares outstanding).
Apple's market cap was boosted by a $56 (14%) surge in July, a gain that was softened by a stock repurchase plan that reduced its number of outstanding shares in fiscal Q3 by 23.5 million.
Exxon was hurt by falling oil prices and a disappointing earnings report.
Both Obama and Romney say that good energy policy will lead to good jobs at good wages. But that's about all they agree on.
By Brian Dumaine, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- One curious thing about this year's presidential race is the prominent position energy policy has taken. This issue, which in past elections largely got relegated to the "too wonky to bother with" category, is now front and center because energy MOREOct 17, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Deep-sea drilling and fracking are helping to unearth abundant supplies of oil and gas. The coming energy renaissance could be just the elixir the U.S. economy needs.
By Richard Martin, contributor
FORTUNE -- Thursday night in South Texas, and the parking lot at the Texas Roadhouse, on Highway 287 outside Port Arthur, is jammed. Big-shouldered Sierra trucks jostle with shiny Rams, F-150s, and Tundras, with a pearl-white, freshly polished Dodge Challenger sports MOREApr 12, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Exxon Mobil finished 2011 where it started: As the world's most valuable company
It was nip and tuck for more than three months, from that day in early August, when Apple (AAPL) first overtook Exxon Mobil (XOM), to mid November, when Exxon finally pulled away.
At one point in late September, Apple's market cap (share price times number of outstanding shares) was nearly $36 billion more than Exxon's.
But though Apple's shares ended the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 2, 2012 11:58 AM ET
By Michael Kanellos, Editor in Chief of Greentech Media. His colleagues Shayle Kann, Shyam Mehta, MJ Shiao, Rob Day, Eric Wesoff and Brett Prior also contributed.
The green tech industry will fondly remember 2010. After enduring collapsing prices and lackluster demand in 2009, solar companies saw panel shipments grow by an astounding 93 percent to 125 percent this year. Waiting lists for the new electric cars from Nissan and General MOREDec 29, 2010 1:05 PM ET
Looking out at open ocean, it is hard to grasp the enormity of the Gulf Oil Spill. Google Earth helps put the size into perspective.
Using Google Earth, Paul Rademacher has built a tool to show just how enormous the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has become compared to places like Manhattan, Paris, London, and other global landmarks. You'll need the Google earth plug-in downloadable here to MORESeth Weintraub - May 11, 2010 11:19 AM ET
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