Apple has become America's first trillion-dollar company


Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has a trillion reasons to smile.

Apple on Thursday become the first United States company worth more than $1 trillion on a public stock market. It became the first $900 billion company exactly nine months ago, on November 3, 2017.

The iPhone-maker entered the rarefied air of a 13-digit market cap as its share price hit $207.05.

The milestone comes a day after Apple reported blockbuster quarterly earnings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 7.66 points (0.03 per cent) to 25,326.16, while the broad-based S&P 500 rose 13.86 points (0.49 per cent to 2,827.22). In fact, while the company's iPhone earnings for the quarter grew 20% year-over-year because of higher smartphone ASPs, Apple's services revenue grew 31% year-over-year as the company has been expanding its offerings for some time now.

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One of five US companies since the 1980s to take a turn as Wall Street's largest company by market capitalization, Apple could lose its lead to the likes of Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O or Inc AMZN.O if it does not find a major new product or service as global demand for smartphones loses steam.

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As the company's market value climbed over the decades, it revolutionized how consumers communicate with each other and how companies conduct business on a daily basis.

Before the release of the iPhone, Apple was reporting revenue of less than $20bn and profits of less than $2bn from the sale of its Mac personal computers in 2006.

While the thirteen digits don't lie, BusinessWeek's 1996 assessment of Apple wasn't that far-fetched. "Apple went from hip to has-been in just 19 years", wrote the publication at the time.

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Other technology companies with high-flying, trendy stocks are expected to join Apple in the $1 trillion club before long.

PetroChina was briefly worth about $1.1 trillion after floating in Shanghai in 2007, although most of its shares were held by the Chinese government. It is now worth about $200 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Apple said it expects revenue of $60 billion to $62 billion for the fiscal fourth quarter that ends in September 30.

Amazon is the second most valuable company at $885 billion and Alphabet, the parent of search leader Google, is worth about $860 billion.

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