FirstFT: Apple becomes first $ 3 billion company



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Apple became the first company to reach a market cap of $ 3 billion, after its value increased by $ 1 billion in less than 16 months as the coronavirus pandemic supercharged Big Tech.

The iPhone maker turned into a billion dollar company in August 2018, and two years later became the first company to be valued at $ 2 billion. On Monday, the company’s shares rose 3% to $ 182.86, surpassing the latest milestone, before falling back to $ 182. Apple briefly lost its title to the world’s most valuable company to Microsoft at the end of October.

However, a strong rally in November restored its crown. It then increased until the end of 2021 and has added half a trillion dollars to its market value since November 15.

Only a handful of companies are worth more than $ 1 billion, including Tesla and Amazon. Google’s parent company Alphabet and oil group Saudi Aramco are valued at around $ 2 billion, while Microsoft’s market value is around $ 2.5 billion.

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Line graph of the% change in year-on-year CPI showing Turkey's inflation rate reaching Erdogan-era high

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Coronavirus digest

  • Who were the business winners and losers since the start of the pandemic? Find out here.

  • Spike in Covid-19 infections and stalled winter storms America return to work yesterday, stranding airline passengers and leaving numerous offices, market halls, schools and colleges empty after the Christmas and New Years holidays.

  • Boris Johnson admitted the NHS was under major pressure from the Omicron variant, but said England would stick to existing Covid-19 restrictions for now.

  • the UK will follow other developed countries in their economic recovery from the pandemic in 2022, according to economists interviewed for a Financial Times survey.

Percentage of respondents bar graph showing economists expect challenges for the UK economy in 2022

The day to come

PMI figures IHS Markit’s December purchasing manager indices are expected to be released for Japan, Thailand, Australia, Vietnam and China. The Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management will also release its December report.

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