Apple’s market cap is bigger than all of Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland put together

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Normally when you hear someone compare a big company to a small country they’re poised to commit some kind of stock-vs-flow error or other apples and oranges blunder. But this is the real deal. Apple’s market capitalization is bigger than the combined value of every publicly listed PIGS company:

Apple became the world’s most valuable-ever company two weeks ago. It is worth $624bn, more than all the listed companies in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain together. The employer of 63,300 people – each valued at $10m – is more valuable than all the shares available to investors in the MSCI China index, the international benchmark.

Via Matt Yglesias.

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