Microsoft Becomes the Most Expensive Company in the World, Surpassing Apple


According to the results of trading shares of AAPL and MSFT yesterday, the market capitalization is:
→ Apple: USD 2.875 trillion.
→ Microsoft: USD 2.887 trillion.

This is facilitated by:
→ positive expectations of investors in shares of MSFT, connected with the leading positions of the company in the field of artificial intelligence;
→ negative sentiments regarding AAPL and demand for its products (as we wrote on January 4). Moreover, the New York Times writes that the Justice Department is preparing to initiate a large-scale antitrust case against Apple because of the dominant position of Apple's devices on the market and the measures that the company used to protect against threats to its business.

MarketWatch provides FactSet statistics on analysts' forecasts:
→ AAPL: +6% for the next 12 months, MSFT: +9%.
→ MSFT has such ratings: "buy": 90%, "neutral": 10%, "sell": 0%.
→ AAPL has such ratings: "buy": 57%, "neutral": 34%, "sell": 9%.

While the price of AAPL is below the maximum of 2023 by approximately 6%, the price of MSFT shares managed to renew the historical record in 2024: at the peak on January 11, MSFT gave more than 390 USD per share.

On January 31, data will be published on Microsoft’s Q4. It is not excluded that while waiting for positive figures, the price of the stock will increase, approaching the psychological level of 400 USD.

The MSFT chart shows that:
→ the price is in an upward trend (shown by the blue channel), moving upwards;
→ the figure of consolidation А-В was broken by bulls, which demonstrates their intentions to set new historical records;
→ at the same time, the acceleration of the growth can make the stock overbought (the RSI indicator is near the level = 70).

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