Alphabet’s soaring stock just pushed it above a $1 trillion market cap. Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies.

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Alphabet is the latest firm to join the small group of companies with market caps higher than $US1 trillion, further cementing the tech sector as the highest valued in public markets.

The Google-parent’s Thursday close set the stock high enough to notch a valuation above the four-comma threshold. The record level also helped push Big Tech – the five stock group comprised of Alphabet,Amazon,Apple,Facebook, and Microsoft past a $US5 trillion market valuation for the first time.

The S&P 500’s information tech sector is dominating all of the index’s other subgroups in the year-to-date, after already posting a 50% return in 2019. The group’s massive run-up was primarily driven by Apple stock, as the iPhone maker gained more than 80% last year.

Apple was the first company to reach a $US1 trillion valuation in August 2018, and held the crown as the highest-valued public company as recently as December 11. The tech giant lost its top spot when Saudi Aramco debuted on public markets with a record-breaking $US1.7 trillion valuation.

Aramco stock proceeded to surge high enough to hit a $US2 trillion valuation before paring gains through January.

Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies around the world, ranked in ascending order. Data is as of 3:00 p.m. ET on January 17.


11. Visa

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Market cap: $US350 billion

Year-to-date performance: up 8.7%


10. JPMorgan Chase

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Market cap: $US433 billion

Year-to-date performance: down 0.5%


9. Tencent

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Market cap: $US491 billion

Year-to-date performance: up 12.4%


8. Berkshire Hathaway

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Market cap: $US561 billion

Year-to-date performance: up 1.7%


7. Alibaba

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Market cap: $US608 billion

Year-to-date performance: up 6.2%


6. Facebook

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Market cap: $US639 billion

Year-to-date performance: up 8.1%


5. Amazon

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Market cap: $US921 billion

Year-to-date performance: up 0.6%


4. Alphabet

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Market cap: $US1 trillion

Year-to-date performance: up 10.2%


3. Microsoft

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Market cap: $US1.27 trillion

Year-to-date performance: up 5.5%


2. Apple

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Market cap: $US1.39 trillion

Year-to-date performance: up 8.7%


1. Saudi Aramco

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Market cap: $US1.84 trillion

Year-to-date performance: down 1.6%