Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathway (BRK.A) is the most high-priced publicly traded stock of all time. This stock is trading at $312,619 per share, as of Feb. 27, 2020). Berkshire hit an all-time high on Jan. 17, 2020 at $347,400.1 Thanks to spectacular shareholder gains and the idiosyncrasies of its founder, this share value is unlikely to be matched by anything other than continued gains in Berkshire’s share price.
The next company behind Berkshire, in terms of high-priced stock, is Seaboard Corporation (SEB), which was trading at $3,775 per share as of Feb. 14, 2019. Then there’s NVR (NVR) at $2,665, Booking Holdings (BKNG) at $1,911 and Amazon.com (AMZN) at $1,626.
The reason why certain stocks are priced so high is usually due to the company having never completed a stock split. Here are other top Stocks according to investopedia.
Top Companies by Market Cap
As of Feb. 2019, Microsoft (MSFT) is the biggest company at $821 billion in terms of market capitalization. The second place there is Apple (AAPL) at $804.14 billion. The third is Amazon.com (AMZN) at $798.57 billion. The fourth is Google (GOOGL) at $782.3 billion. And the fifth is Berkshire Hathaway at $500.5 billion.
Back in 2000, Chinese energy giant PetroChina (PTR) reached an estimated market value of around $1 trillion during its IPO. However, this valuation included shares not publicly traded in the total share count calculation, and the valuation didn’t stick.2 As of Feb. 2019, PTR’s market capitalization stood at $194.38 billion.
Top Companies by Revenue
In terms of the biggest global companies by revenue, Walmart (WMT) comes in as number one. According to the Fortune 500 list. Walmart’s revenues were $500.3 million in 2017. Behind Walmart was State Grid with $348.9 million in revenues, then Sinopec Group with $326.9 million and China National Petroleum at $326 million.
Top Private Companies
In terms of private companies, Forbes ranks Minnesota-based Cargill as the largest private U.S. company with $115.5 billion in annual revenues. The company has 160,000 employees. Second is Koch Industries with $110 billion in revenues and 130,000 employees. Ranking third is the grocery chain Albertsons, with $60.5 billion in annual revenue and 267,000 employees
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