Apple Becomes World’s Most Valuable Co. (After Saudi Aramco), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos $7B Richer As Earnings Pump Stocks

The DJIA was up 0.44% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq up 1.49%. Alphabet was the only tech downer in Friday's session, slipping 2.17% to $1,482 for a market casp of just over $1 trillion.
The strong earnings and stock performance followed testimony by the four tech titans at an antitrust hearding on Capitol Hill Wednesday to explore whether these companies are too big and should be broken up. The executives argued that they face stiff competition across their businesses and anyway do much more good than harm.
 
Apple and Amazon (along with Facebook and Google parent Alphabet) all reported second-quarter numbers after the market closed Thursday showcasing financials that blew past Wall Street's expectations and appeared to withstand the economic ravages COVID-19. Apple surged more than 10% to close above $425 with a market cap of $1.84 trillion overtaking Saudi Aramco, at $1.76 trillion, as the world's most valuable company — one that's pushing towards a market capitalization of $2 trillion.
 
It ended the day with a market cap of about $1.6 trillion. Shares of Amazon closed up 3.7% at $3,164 – off its high for the day of $3,244. Amazon reported sales of $88.9 billion for the quarter. Founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos owns 11% of the company, meaning his net worth surged by around $7 billion in a day, according to calculations by MarketWatch.
It will soon be easier to afford a share or two of Apple, which declared a 4-for-1 stock split effective August 31. The company's circas $600 billion in sales in the quarter were up 11% from a year ago. It also set an October date to start shipping the next iPhone.
Sales for the three months ended in June rose 11% year over year to $18.7 billion and global users hit 2.7 billion. Facebook shares also roared, gaining more than 8% to close at a new high of $253 and a market cap of $724 billion.
 
Apple became the world's most valuable company Friday, dethroning state oil giant Saudi Aramco, and Amazon founder-CEO Jeff Bezos saw his net worth surge, as the stocks jumped following a round of stellar tech earnings.
 
The DJIA All three way outperformed the broader market.
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