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Submitted by Fudge Factor 3000
Fudge Factor 3000 (572132) writes "Apple and Exxon are fighting it out to be the company with the largest market cap. Yesterday, Apple pulled ahead. It is hard to believe a tech company can beat out an oil giant, but is the market cap really the measure of the size/influence of a company? It is certainly the simplest metric to consider. Ars is running an excellent article on how to measure the size of a company. They discuss different metrics such as cash balance, revenue, number of employees, etc. It is a great read. So is Exxon or Apple the biggest company? You decide."
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Which company is the largest?

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  • Saudi Aramco's estimated value in 2010 ranges from 2.2 trillion USD to 7 trillion USD.

    • Market cap is actually a meaningless number because you do not know the price volatility of the shares with trading volume. If someone wanted to sell 10% of Apple suddenly, it would probably trigger a price collapse, while selling 10% of Exxon might have minimal effect. People know that oil is going to stay valuable, while nobody really knows what Apple will be worth in even 6 months.

      The article explains this more clearly than you will see it in most business journals, and some people really need to be told

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