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Market Cap of the Big Five Companies Surged by 46% YTD to $7.1trn, Amazon Leads with an 80% Jump

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Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Others Hit $7.1 Trillion Market Cap

As opposed to the automotive industry, hotel chains, airlines, and millions of SMEs fighting to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, the world’s leading tech companies have been remarkably unaffected by the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

Defying the state of the global economy, three out of the Big Five companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook, posted double-digit revenue growth for the nine months of the current year. All of them also witnessed an impressive market cap growth in 2020.

According to data presented by StockApps the combined market capitalization of the Big Five companies surged by 46% YTD to $7.1trn.

Amazon Market Cap Rose by $740bn YTD, the Biggest Increase in 2020

The COVID-19 caused one of the biggest surges in technology investment in history by forcing millions of people to work from home and shop online amid the pandemic. Moreover, it made investors flock to the tech sector, expecting tech companies to boom in an economy whose future arrived before the schedule.

In December 2019, the combined market capitalization of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook amounted to over $4.9trn, revealed the Yahoo Finance data. After the stock market crash caused by the coronavirus outbreak, this figure dropped to $4.5trn in March.

However, the market cap of the Big Five companies recovered during the second quarter and hit over $6trn in June, a 24% jump in six months. Statistics show this figure increased by more than $1trn since then, reaching over $7.1trn at the end of last week.

The Yahoo Finance data showed Apple’s market cap jumped by 56% since the beginning of 2020. In December 2019, the combined value of stocks of the US tech giant stood at nearly $1.3trn. Since then, this figure increased by $730bn, reaching $2trn last week, and pushing the company far ahead of last year’s leader Microsoft.

Microsoft market cap jumped by 36% YTD, growing from over $1trn in December 2019 to $1.64trn last week. The company also reported $110.2bn in revenue in the first nine months of 2020, 13% more than the same period a year ago.

However, statistics indicate the US tech and eCommerce giant Amazon witnessed the most significant market cap increase in 2020, with the total value of its shares soaring by 80% YTD. In December 2019, Amazon market capitalization stood at around $920bn. Over the last eleven months, it jumped by almost $740bn, reaching $1.66trn last week. Statista data also revealed the company’s revenue in the nine months of 2020 hit $260.5bn, a 35% increase year-over-year.

Two More Companies Join the $1 Trillion Club

While Amazon’s success during the pandemic seems logical, considering millions of people who switched from brick-and-mortar stores to webshops, the relative immunity against the crisis shown by Google and Facebook is more of a surprise. Especially considering the two companies rely heavily on advertising spending, which dipped noticeably during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alphabet market cap rose by 12% since the beginning of the year, growing from $921bn in December to over $1trn last week. The Statista data also showed the company’s revenue in the nine months of 2020 jumped by 9% YoY to $125.6bn.

The world’s most popular social network and the fifth-largest tech company globally, Facebook, has witnessed a 42% increase in market capitalization since the beginning of the year. The combined value of all Facebook stocks rose from $585bn in December 2019 to $835bn last week, while its revenue for the nine months of 2020 was up by 17% YoY to $57.9bn.

Besides Apple and Microsoft as the two largest tech companies by market capitalization, Amazon and Alphabet also joined the $1 trillion club this year, despite the COVID-19 crisis.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Federal Government of Nigeria: Listing of the two (2) FGN Savings Bonds Issued in July 2021

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Trading Licence Holders are hereby notified that the July 2021 Issue of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Savings Bonds were listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited on 26th July 2021.

Below are the details of the Bonds:

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Two Dividends Declare Last Week

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Cutix Plc and Custodian Investment are two listed companies that declared Dividends last week as listed below.

CUTIX PLC.

Proposed Dividend: ₦0.15
Proposed Bonus: 1 FOR 1
Qualification Date: 11/12/2021
AGM Date: 11/26/2021
Payment Date: 11/29/2021.

Closure of Register Date: 11/15/2021

CUSTODIAN INVESTMENT PLC.

Proposed Dividend: ₦0.10
Proposed Bonus: null FOR null
Qualification Date: 8/20/2021
AGM Date:
Payment Date: 9/1/2021
Closure of Register Date: 8/23/2021

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Equities Investors Lose N63 Billion Last Week

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) returned to bearish last week despite strong second-quarter reports from listed companies.

Investors traded total shares of 1.374 billion worth N11.823 billion in 22,982 transactions last week, against a total of 896.174 million shares valued at N5.235 billion that exchanged hands in 11,714 deals in the previous week.

In terms of volume traded, the financial services industry led the activity chart with 715.394 million shares valued at N4.745 billion traded in 10,274 deals. Therefore, contributing 52.06 percent and
40.13 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The Conglomerates Industry followed with 212.340 million shares worth N517.613 million in 1,060 deals. The third place was Oil and Gas Industry, with a turnover of 153.440 million shares worth N1.597 billion in 3,076 deals.

Transnational Corporation Of Nigeria Plc, Oando Plc and Fidelity Bank Plc were the three most traded equities during the week. The three accounted for 378.863 million shares worth N995.477 million in 2,998 deals, therefore, they contributed a combined 27.57 percent and 8.42 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively

The NGX All-Share Index declined by 0.31 percent or 120.82 index points from 38,667.90 index points posted in the previous week to 38,547.08 index points last week.

Similarly, market capitalization depreciated by 0.31 percent or N63 billion to close at N20.084 trillion last week, down from N20.147 trillion.

All other indices finished lower with the exception of NGX Premium, NGX Consumer Goods, NGX Oil/Gas and NGX Sovereign Bond indices which appreciated by 0.02 percent, 0.06 percent, 3.84 percent and 1.97 percent respectively, while the NGX ASeM and NGX Growth Indices closed flat.

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