Facebook is now bigger than Wal-Mart on stock market


New York, Jun 24: Facebook is now bigger than Wal-Mart, at least when it comes to its value on the stock market.

The world's biggest online social network knocked the world's largest retailer out of the top 10 list of the highest-valued companies as the Standard and Poor's 500 index on Monday and the gap broadened on yesterday.

Apple, Microsoft and Google top the list of the highest-valued companies in the US, and Facebook looks to be on its way to joining them.

A company's market value is calculated by multiplying the number of shares of stock it has in circulation by the current price of one share.

Facebook Inc was valued at USD 238 billion at the close of trading yesterday, according to Fact Set. Its stock gained USD 3.14, or 3.7 per cent, at USD 87.88.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was valued at USD 234 billion. Its stock dipped 22 cents to USD 72.57.

Facebook, which is based in Menlo Park, California, has been on a roll this past year, its shares up about 34 per cent in the past year compared with just 8.2 per cent for the S&P 500 index. Its quarterly results have consistently surpassed expectations.

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart, meanwhile, asked for investor patience after its most-recent earnings report showed a 7 per cent profit decline due to the effects of the strong dollar and higher worker wages and spending on its online operations.

Comparing the two companies' financial results, though, shows just how much Wall Street is investing in growth and potential Facebook versus existing size and might Wal-Mart.

In the first three months of this year, Facebook's total revenue of USD 3.54 billion amounted to just a little more than Wal-Mart's total profit for its fiscal first quarter of USD 3.34 billion. But while Facebook saw revenue grow 42 per cent in the same period, Wal-Mart's declined slightly.

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