Facebook Is Now More Valuable Than Exxon

People walk by a Facebook logo and a thu
People walk by a Facebook logo and a thumbs up logo made popular by Facebook in Hong Kong on February 2, 2012. As Facebook prepares to go public it has its sights on China, where the social media titan is blocked, but analysts say its chances of re-entering the market of half a billion Internet users are slim. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)
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In a move that’s all too indicative of the markets today, Facebook surpassed Exxon in market cap as of midday Monday.

Facebook (FB) reached $328 billion, outpacing Exxon’s (XOM) $315 billion.

The social network’s worth has skyrocketed in the five days since it delivered a blockbuster earnings report that revealed a 51.7% jump in revenue and a 14% increase in active monthly users. New ad formats and an improved mobile app helped boost sales.

Those results helped boost CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth to make him the sixth richest person on Earth.

Exxon, meanwhile, has experienced a near opposite fate. Its value has fallen due to the global glut of oil that has pushed prices down to record lows.

Facebook’s surge in market cap has reshuffled the companies atop the world’s most valuable list. The social network now ranks fourth behind No. 1 Apple (AAPL), No. 2 Alphabet (or Google) (GOOGL), and No. 3 Microsoft (MSFT). Exxon is now neck-and-neck with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) for fifth place.

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