For the first time ever, Apple (AAPL) has eclipsed the combined market capitalization of Microsoft and Google. The news arrives via AppleInsider, who reports AAPL’s market cap rose to $456 Billion, beating that of Microsoft’s $256.7 Billion and Google’s own market value of $198.9 Billion, as of Thursday morning.
Up 3 percent on the firm’s last point close, the news follows Apple announcing a record holiday quarter regarding sales of its iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, seeing the company report a staggering $46.33 Billion in revenue with a net profit of $13.06 Billion.
On a quick side note — During U.S morning trading Apple’s market cap again exceeded that of Exxon Mobil, who – at the time – had a market capitalization of just $402 Billion. The last time that happened was back in August last year, when Apple officially became the “World’s Most Valuable Company”.[via AppleInsider]