As per reports of Wednesday, the stock market value of Amazon has reached $900 billion, marking a major milestone in its 21-year trajectory as a publicly listed company and threatening to dislodge Apple as the most valuable jewel of Wall Street.

In the year 1994, Jeff Bezos founded the online book-selling company in his garage, Amazon survived the dot-com crisis and then expanded across the retail industry, altering how consumers buy products and setting off a Darwinian struggle among brick-and-mortar stores.

The information which came out on Wednesday announced that it sold more than $100 million products during its annual Prime Day sale, the Seattle, Washington company’s stock briefly touched $1,858.88 which will be giving Amazon a stock market value of $902 billion. It later reversed, trading down 0.16 percent for the session.

The stock of Amazon has rose by more than 57 percent in 2018, bringing its increase to over 123,000 percent since it listed on the Nasdaq in 1997. An investor who bought 1 share of Amazon for $18 in the IPO would now have an investment worth more than $22,200, including three stock splits in the 1990s.

Amazon, video streaming service Netflix and a handful of heavyweight technology companies have fueled Wall Street’s rally in recent years and they remain key parts of portfolio managers’ portfolios.

Apple replaced Exxon Mobil in late 2011 as the U.S. company with the largest stock market value. The Silicon Valley company’s shares have risen 12 percent in 2018, bringing its stock market value to $935 billion.

The calculations for Apple and Amazon’s market capitalizations are based on the number of shares outstanding in their March-quarter reports. Amazon has increased its share count by over 1 million shares per quarter in recent years, and if it continued that in the June quarter, its stock market value may already have exceeded $900 billion.

Amazon reports its results on July 26 and Apple, which has been reducing its share count through buybacks, reports its June-quarter results on July 31.

As Amazon expands into grocery retail through its acquisition of Whole Foods Market last year, and as more businesses move their IT departments onto the cloud, its stock price has been red hot, recently trading at 111 times expected earnings, compared to more-profitable – but slower growing – Apple’s valuation of 15 times earnings.

Amazon dislodged Microsoft Corp as the No. 3 U.S. company by market capitalization in February. Ever since then, Microsoft has been overtaken by Google-owner Alphabet.

Mia Noles
Mia Noles is a writer at the Ode Magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts English Literature Degree from Leeds University. Her specialty is Celebrity News, History, and World News. She is also a life enthusiast who loves traveling the world and taking part in humanitarian courses. You can contact her at mia@odemagazine.com.

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