Another insult to Apple: Exxon is more valuable

The oil giant's market value overtakes that of the iPhone and iPad maker for the first time in a year.

By Charley Blaine Jan 25, 2013 5:10PM
Apple CEO Tim Cook and an Exxon gasoline tanker. © Bloomberg via Getty Images © Donna McWilliam/APHere's a consequence of Apple (AAPL) shares falling more than 37% since mid-September. When trading ended on Friday, Apple was no longer the world's most valuable company.

The king is Exxon Mobil (XOM) for the first time in more than a year.

Apple closed at $439.88, down $10.62 on Friday, finishing with a market capitalization of $413.03 billion.

Exxon closed up 38 cents to $91.73. Its market cap was $418.3 billion.

The last time Exxon Mobil was the most valuable company was on Jan. 4, 2012, when its market cap was $392.2 billion and Apple's was at $388.2 billion.

The next day, Apple jumped $2.21 to $413.44, pushing its market cap to $392.5 billion. Exxon was up 2 cents to $86.02, moving its market cap to $392.25 billion.

Exxon shares are up 6% in January; Apple's shares have slumped 16.4%.

Apple and Exxon have been vying to be the most valuable company for the better part of two years. Apple's market cap first exceeded Exxon's on Aug. 1, 2011.

By the time Apple shares hit a closing high of $702.10 on Sept. 19, its market cap had reached $659.3 billion. That was about 58% greater than Exxon's $417.9 billion.

The title of world's most valuable company changes with some regularity. On Dec. 27, 1999, Microsoft (MSFT) was the most valuable, with a market cap of $613 billion. Apple topped that record in last August 2012. (Microsoft is the parent of MSN Money). Exxon overtook General Electric (GE) as the top dog on Feb. 18, 2005.

Between 1998 and 2005, GE and Microsoft alternated as the most valuable company.

Apple shares have tumbled by more than a third since peaking in September, in part because of concerns its growth rate would pull back. In addition, the stock has been the most widely held holding of hedge funds, which can dump a position in a heartbeat.

The company's fiscal first-quarter results and its guidance for the second quarter, released late Wednesday, disappointed investors. The shares fell $63.51, or 12.4% on Thursday.

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Jan 25, 2013 11:03PM
Jan 26, 2013 6:41PM
LimoPat and Whywearehere, I would urge you to go to Exxon Mobil's financials that are audited by independent auditiors. You like most liberals, demonize Exxon for the depletion allowance given to companies who extract products out of the ground. I would urge you to look at their income tax line because they pay about 40% on their profits. Sounds like that is their fair share to me. Apple only pays around 25% and GE pays only 5 - 25% depending on the quarter. Why don't the liberals demonize them.
Jan 26, 2013 3:24PM

Seriously, what is this article doing in the MONEY section anyway?!?

It is vaugely interesting information about who is tops in market cap, but it is kinda stupid don't you think?

Is Tim Cook sulking now? Is Exxon's board celebrating now because their outlook is somehow different? Are my 401k's going to completely change their distributions because of this one fact?

This article isn't information as much as it's entertainment.

Jan 26, 2013 4:41PM
I will continue to stay in the Exxon dividend reinvestment program. Steady as she goes!
Jan 26, 2013 4:16PM

Who is nonsense to bother with this travesty is "shuffling" the money.  Same crappola...same deal.  Your 401 K's and pension plans are just nonsensical at this point if you have not figured that out.

It will stop and soon enough when the promoters have not one corner to back into.  Have a nice weekend! 

Jan 26, 2013 2:51PM

Why does the media tell us that Exon or Apple are the largest corporations in the world when in fact it is the Depository Trust Corporation?


Why does the media tell us Warren Buffet or Bill Gates are the richest men on the planet when they are poor in comparision to the Rothchilds?


Why do they not want the masses to know what is really happening in the world?

Jan 26, 2013 9:48PM
You have to question Apple's value. They make computers, a phone and portable hand held computer. How can this make a conmpany the largest publicly traded company in the world.
Jan 26, 2013 6:48PM

Insult? For most of AAPL's existence it was lower market cap than XOM anyway.


This is either "Much iDo about Nothing" or "Oil's Well that Ends Well"...

Jan 26, 2013 6:33PM

Oh well,  as long as Tiger finds him a new sweetie, that is all that matters.


Is he trying to prove something??????????????????????????????????

Jan 26, 2013 7:46AM
An insult to Apple? No. More of an insult to every driver on the planet.
Jan 26, 2013 12:24PM
Wow, The hype of Apple is finally wearing off. They continue into the reality distortion field that was Steve Jobs. Only problem is that his personality was what the company was really based on. 
Jan 26, 2013 12:27PM

CANBE: If you knew the tax breaks oil companies get you wouldn`t have them ready

for sainthood.

Jan 26, 2013 8:31AM
The word VALUABLE  suggests "everlasting". You may want to choose a different word.
Jan 26, 2013 4:04AM
Of course Exxon is more valuable. they've been one of many oil companies kicking our teeth in for several years now.I'd invest in Apple before I'd invest in any oil company, especially Exxon.
Jan 26, 2013 10:19AM
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