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Another tech giant takes the title.

By Stephen Gandel
February 2, 2016
February 02, 2016

Mr. Market has taken a bite out of Apple.

On Tuesday, Alphabet, Google’s corporate parent, surpassed Apple aapl as the world’s most valuable company. The mantle goes from one technology company to another; this time, from a consumer giant to an advertising company.

But, on a larger scale, the shifts in the most valuable companies shows a broader evolution within the U.S. economy from a focus on industry to technology. Before Apple, Exxon was the world’s most valuable company. General Electric ge also held the title at one time.

Apple still earns considerably more than Alphabet googl —$54 billion versus $23 billion in the past year.

But market caps are all about potential. And Mr. Market has placed his bet.


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