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Updated December 26, 2018 09:23:40 The S&P 500 is the world’s most valuable stock, according to the value of the index’s holdings.
The index has increased more than 300 per cent over the past five years, thanks to the economic downturn and the election of Donald Trump.
It is the most valuable index in the world, with $10.3 trillion of market capitalisation.
Here are some of the most profitable stocks on the market.
Google Inc. Google is the second most valuable company on the planet.
The company has over $2 trillion in cash, and owns more than 4,400 companies around the world.
It has a market capitalization of $1.1 trillion.
It’s main business is self-driving cars, but also builds and sells its own smartphones.
Its shares have risen more than 60 per cent this year, thanks in part to a stock market rally.
Apple Inc. Apple is the fourth most valuable firm in the US.
It controls 70 per cent of the Apple Store chain.
Its stock has surged more than 600 per cent since its debut.
It now has more than $1 trillion in market capitalised shares, which is more than twice the size of Facebook’s $1,400 billion market cap.
It also has a number of key business deals, including with Amazon.
Nike Inc. Nike, a footwear company, has a global market capitaliser of $7.6 trillion.
The stock has grown nearly 70 per,t,cent in the past year.
Its share price has risen more that $5.6 billion in the last three months.
Microsoft Corp. Microsoft has risen almost 60 per,cent this year thanks to strong demand for Windows software.
It owns a total of more than 20 million Windows PC’s, which makes it one of the world´s most profitable companies.
The firm has also recently opened its Xbox gaming console business, which has generated millions of dollars for Microsoft.
General Electric Co. GE has a value of $8.2 trillion.
Its market capitalises are around $10 trillion.
A recent rise in interest rates has made it a more attractive investment.
GE is now able to invest more of its money in its core business, and it is also investing heavily in renewable energy, which it believes will create jobs.
Twitter Inc. Twitter has risen over 600 per,c,cent since it went public in 2018.
The tweet-sharing app is the fastest growing Twitter-owned company in the market with a market cap of $2.7 trillion.
Twitter also has its sights set on the mobile market, which accounts for about half of its total user base.
Amazon.com Inc. Amazon is the seventh most valuable tech company in America.
Its $13.3tn market cap is almost twice that of Apple.
The online retail giant has been a strong performer in the first quarter of 2018.
Pfizer Inc. Pfizers is the ninth most valuable pharma company in North America.
The Pfizer company is valued at $10 billion.
The pharmaceutical giant has invested heavily in research and development and has also launched a number new products.
Apple has increased its market cap to more than more than half a trillion dollars.
It holds about $1tn in cash.
Facebook Inc. Facebook has risen by over 200 per cent in the year to December.
Its new IPO raised $11.3bn.
The social network has been growing rapidly in recent years thanks to its mobile app and social network, Messenger.
It gained about $9bn in its first quarter.
Intel Corp. Intel is the tenth most valuable chip maker in the Americas.
Its value is estimated at $3.3trillion.
The chip giant is also one of Intel’s key investors, which gives it access to the most lucrative markets.
Microsoft is the eleventh most valuable technology company in US, with a $5bn market cap and is expected to increase its share market cap in the next few quarters.
Apple computer is the twelfth most valuable in the entire world, after Microsoft and Google.
The US-based company has a share market value of around $2bn.
eBay Inc. eBay is the thirteenth most valuable online auction site in the United States.
The site has over 7m members and attracts a million visitors a day.
The group owns around 5 per cent or more of all US eBay users.
Amazon has raised $2 billion in funding, and is currently valued at more than 1.6trillion US dollars.
Amazon also has plans to create a virtual store in the future, which could help it attract more customers.
Facebook is one of Facebook´s main investors, with about $2tn of its stock.
Google owns more shares than any other tech company.
The search giant has more shares outstanding