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Alphabet could overtake Apple to become the most valuable company in the world

Alphr logo Alphr 27-01-2016 Vaughn Highfield
Alphabet could overtake Apple to become the most valuable company in the world© Alphr.com Alphabet could overtake Apple to become the most valuable company in the world

Apple fans around the world are in denial today as it’s becoming apparent that their beloved company is starting to stagnate. Yes, Apple, the most valuable company in the world, is about to lose out to Alphabet – the company that now owns Google.

Apple became the most valuable company in 2013 when it overtook Exxon Mobil with a market capitalisation of $414.86 billion. Now, though, that claim is under threat as Alphabet sits just $47 billion behind Apple’s $542.5 billion valuation.

While $47 billion is still an awful lot of money, with Apple set to report its quarterly results on 26 January, it’s expected its value will drop and Google’s parent company will rise to the top.

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Currently, Apple is in a tricky position. Investors are classifying Apple stock alongside the likes of tech has-beens such as Cisco and Oracle, according to The New York Times. This means people see Apple as “value” stock, rather than “growth” stock, meaning if you want to make some serious money, Apple isn’t the place to look.

However, even if Apple’s fortunes do decline thanks to market fears and a less-than-stellar quarterly growth, being the number two company in the world really isn’t bad news.

Alphabet has a lot of opportunities to offer investors thanks to the various companies it oversees. Like Apple, Alphabet has a lot going on both in the public eye and behind the scenes, but with Boston Dynamics, DeepMind and Calico under its wing, its portfolio is far more varied.

Perhaps news around Apple’s interest in virtual reality, alongside progress on its much-rumoured Apple Car can help keep Apple bobbing ahead of Alphabet come 26 January. 

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