Year to date, shares of Apple are up 48.75 percent. During the past year, shares have jumped nearly 60 percent. Since Tim Cook became CEO in 2011, Apples market cap has doubled.
As Piper Jaffrays Gene Munster notes Its the ultimate statement of what Tim Cook has added.
Apple is the first S&P 500 company to reach the $700 billion market cap milestone. Adjusted forinflation, however, it still has a way to go before it becomes the most valuable company of all time. Microsofts market cap reached a peak of $613 billion in 1999, which translates to nearly $874 billion in 2014 dollars.
Cupertino’s good fortunes are expected to continue into 2015. Some analysts expect iPhonesales during the current holiday quarter to surpass a record 71 million. In February, the first new product line of the Tim Cook era, the Apple Watch, is expected to debut.