Nvidia overtakes Microsoft as most valuable stock in the world

Nvidia (NVDA) overtook Microsoft (MSFT) on Tuesday as the most valuable company in the world just two weeks after it took the No. 2 spot from Apple (AAPL).

Nvidia’s stock price rose about 3.5%, eclipsing $135 per share and giving the chipmaker a market capitalization over $3.33 trillion. With a 0.4% slide on Tuesday, Microsoft’s market cap stood at nearly $3.32 trillion.

Shares of Nvidia are up more than 215% over the last 12 months and more than 3,400% over the last five years. Year to date, Nvidia has gained 175%; Microsoft stock is up just less than 19% in 2024.

Nvidia first crossed a $1 trillion market cap on June 13, 2023. The stock advanced north of $2 trillion on March 1, and then rapidly crossed the $3 trillion mark for the first time on June 5. The company’s advance from a $1 trillion to a $3 trillion market cap was the fastest on record.

Nvidia’s surge has made it a top weighting in the S&P 500 (^GSPC), and the chipmaker has served a pivotal role in the benchmark index hitting record highs in 2024.

Up until May, the S&P 500 had traded with a near-perfect correlation to Nvidia’s price movement, meaning that as Nvidia’s stock rose, so did the broader index. As of Monday, Nvidia’s stock gains alone had contributed about one-third of the S&P 500’s year-to-date rise, according to data from Citi’s equity research team.

Nvidia completed a 10-for-1 split on June 10.

The company’s rise comes amid the generative AI explosion that kicked off when OpenAI debuted its ChatGPT platform in late 2022. Nvidia’s chips, modified graphics cards, and CUDA software platform are designed to both train and run AI programs, giving it a strategic advantage that experts say will take rivals AMD (AMD) and Intel (INTC) years to overcome.

Nvidia is the tech industry’s go-to supplier for AI chips and integrated software.

Tech behemoths, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Meta (META), Microsoft, Tesla (TSLA), and others, use its hardware to power everything from their cloud-based AI offerings for customers to their own AI models and services.

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