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Apple Inc has added another feather to its cap. Apple Inc’s surged over 10% to a record high after reporting blockbuster quarterly results, helping the tech giant to eclipse Saudi Aramco to become the world’s most valuable publicly listed company.

Apple’s stock ended the session at $425.04, putting its market capitalization at $1.82 trillion.

It was Apple’s largest one-day percentage gain since March 13, and it added $172 billion in market capitalization during the session, greater than the entire stock market value of Oracle Corp.

Saudi Aramco, which had been the most valuable publicly listed company since going public last year, had a market capitalization of $1.760 trillion as of its last close.

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After Apple bought back $16 billion worth of shares in the June quarter, it had 4,275,634,000 outstanding shares, as of July 17, according to the filing.

With Friday’s stock gain, Apple’s has surged about 45% year to date, with investors betting that it and other major U.S. technology companies will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic stronger than smaller rivals.

In its quarterly report, Apple announced a four-for-one stock split, with trading on a split-adjusted basis starting on Aug. 31. It will be Apple’s first share split since 2014.

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