Apple falls below $90 to 2-year low; Google now largest company

By: | Updated: May 13, 2016 12:02 AM

Shares of Apple sank below $90 for the first time in nearly two years today, ceding the title of the world's largest company by market valuation to Google.

Apple Inc, Apple Inc News, Apple Inc ChinaShares of Apple sank below for the first time in nearly two years today, ceding the title of the world’s largest company by market valuation to Google. (Reuters)

Shares of Apple sank below $90 for the first time in nearly two years today, ceding the title of the world’s largest company by market valuation to Google.

With investors souring on the outlook for sales of its market-leading iPhones and iPads, and no new blockbuster consumer electronics product in its offerings, Apple shares fell 3.3 per cent to USD 89.47 in morning trade today, before rebounding slightly back above the USD 90 threshold.

That left the company’s stock off more than 14 per cent since the beginning of the year and down one-third from the peak of USD 132.54 one year ago.

Apple stock has slid sharply since mid-April, hit in part by the company’s disappointing first quarter earnings, which showed a decline in revenues and the first quarterly drop ever in iPhone unit sales since launching the smartphone in 2007.

Today’s fall elevated Google parent Alphabet ahead of its Silicon Valley rival as the world’s largest company. At midday Apple’s market valuation was around USD 494 billion against Alphabet’s USD 498 billion.

Worries were mounting over the pace of iPhone sales, the company’s top earner, amid reports that consumers worldwide are generally replacing their phones less often than before.

Key Asian producers of components for Apple were also seeing their shares pummelled on the forecast for slower iPhone sales.

And analysts at UBS cut their outlook for Apple’s share price on Wednesday to USD 115 from USD 120 on lower sales forecasts.

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