Yesterday we noted that Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) were once again battling it out for the title of world’s largest company by market cap.  As of early afternoon trading today, Microsoft (MSFT) has moved back into the lead.  Below is a table showing the 35 largest companies in the S&P 500.

Microsoft (MSFT) sits at #1 with a market cap of $856.5 billion, followed closely by Apple (AAPL) at $850.6 billion.  Amazon.com (AMZN) isn’t far behind in third place with a market cap of $804.1 billion, while Alphabet (GOOGL) ranks fourth at $746.7 billion.  Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/B) rounds out the top five at $531.4 billion.

Earlier in the year, Facebook (FB) ranked in the top five with a market cap above $500 billion, but the company has lost 23.7% year-to-date at this point, leaving it in 7th place behind Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).

JP Morgan (JPM), Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Walmart (WMT) rank 8th through 10th.

One name conspicuously absent from the list of largest companies is General Electric (GE).  At a share price of just $7.60, GE’s market cap has fallen all the way down to $66 billion.  As recently as October 8th, the stock had a market cap of $120 billion, but a 44% decline since then has wiped out nearly half of its value.  Pretty remarkable.

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