Apple's Meteoric Rise: By the Numbers

An attendant waits for customers, displaying apple iPods at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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An attendant waits for customers, displaying apple iPods at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Apple, the largest company in the world, unveiled Wednesday a new version of its iPad tablet, which will run on the high-speed 4G network.

Since December 2008, Apple's market capitalization grew from $76 billion to $498 billion today, a 556 percent increase.

As the company continues what seems to be an unstoppable run, here is a look at the Apple phenomenon over the past decade.

Stock

  • Shares of Apple hit an all-time high of $548.21 on March 1
  • Price target among 48 financial analysts: $575.23
  • Market cap: $498 billion (largest in the Standard & Poor's 500 index)
  • Added $121 billion in market cap value so far this year
  • Since December 2008, Apple’s market cap has grown by $422 billion
  • Crossed the $500 billion market capitalization for the first time on Feb. 29
  • Apple's stock is up 32 percent year-to-date

Weighting in the S&P 500

  • Apple has the largest weighting in the S&P 500, standing at 3.9 percent
  • The S&P Technology sector has a weighting of 21 percent
  • Apple has a 19 percent weighting within the S&P Technology sector
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Earnings

  • First-quarter revenue grew by $19.6 billion to $46.3 billion (73 percent higher than the same period a year ago)
  • EPS increased by $7.44 to $13.87 (116 percent higher than the same period a year ago) — the consensus estimate was $10.08 per share

Key Intraday Milestones

  • $100: April 26, 2007 — traded as high as $102.5
  • $200: December 14, 2007 — traded as high as $200
  • $300: October 13, 2010 — traded as high as $301.96
  • $400: July 25, 2011 — traded as high as $400
  • $500: February 13, 2012 — traded as high as $503.83

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