Apple has become not only the most expensive public company in world, but also the most expensive ever. Apple cost of a calculation based on an index of Dow Jones, is estimated at more than $ 623 billion The previous record – $619 billion – belonged to Microsoft: less cost developer of Windows in 1999.
This comparison does not really account for inflation: in today's dollars capitalization Redmond corporation 12 years ago is $850 billion, but, according to many experts, Apple afford to beat him too. According to the median estimate of 38 analysts surveyed by FactSet, the target price of the stock Apple – $745,80. Jefferies analysts last week raised its forecast for its shares to $900, which corresponds to the capitalization of nearly $1 trillion.
Such bold predictions support expectations imminent release of Apple new products – a new model of iPhone, iPad mini TV and iTV. The capitalization of the nearest competitor Apple in value – Exxon Mobil is $405 billion in the top 5 most expensive companies are also Microsoft ($ 257,58 billion), Wal-Mart ($244,29 billion) and IBM ($229,65 billion).
Net profit growth of Apple in April – June 2012 slowed from the previous quarter and was the lowest in more than two years. Quarterly net profit of $8.8 billion – 21% higher than the same period in 2011, but analysts expect the figure will be another 10% more. Apple's quarterly revenue was $ 35 billion, which is 23% higher than a year earlier, but below analysts' forecasts (they expected $ 37.2 billion).
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