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.
Shares purchased before the markets close Wednesday May 8 can collect $3.05 apiece.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) announced April 23 that it was increasing its stock repurchase plan five-fold and raising its annual dividend 15%.
The first dividend pay date under the new formula is May 16 for shares on record as of May 13. Which means the stock goes ex-dividend on May 9.
All that is a long, complicated and unnecessarily obscure MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 8, 2013 11:43 AM ET
Its six-part debt issue was immediately oversubscribed.
FORTUNE -- Steve Jobs didn't like to borrow money. For the nearly 15 years he ran Apple (AAPL) as CEO -- interim or otherwise -- the company was debt-free and, for the last half-dozen years, cash rich.
But Jobs loved superlatives and nice round numbers with lots of zeroes, and there was much he might have liked about Apple's first venture into the capital markets MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 30, 2013 3:42 PM ET
The stock repurchase plan announced in March begins this week
FORTUNE -- Almost lost in the news last March 19 that Apple (AAPL) was initiating a $2.65-per-share dividend was Part 2 of the two-part announcement: A three-year $10 billion stock repurchase plan commencing in fiscal 2013, which began on Sunday.
The repurchase plan -- designed to offset the shares Apple was giving its employees in lieu of larger salaries -- was neither MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 1, 2012 6:48 AM ET
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