By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch
For years now, Apple has been on a relentless push to become the first company to reach $1 trillion in market capitalization. It seemed like a foregone conclusion: The lofty valuation crown would belong to the tech darling. Just a matter of time.
Then Amazon happened.
Apple still holds the edge with a market cap of $944 billion, but Amazon, riding another strong showing on Prime Day, just crossed $900 billion for the first time this week and, despite a dip to $886 billion in Thursday’s session, it seems to have momentum, and popular opinion, on its side.
Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +0.22% , which reports earnings next week, banged out a fresh high on Wednesday and is up more than 50% for the year, while Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -0.81% hasn’t broken into uncharted territory since June and is up only about 12% year-to-date. Apple reports on July 31.
MarketWatch asked followers who they think has the upper hand in the race for $1 trillion, and, so far, it’s not particularly close. Earlier, Amazon held a 73% to 27% lead, though that has since inched down to a 67% lead.
But not everybody was bullish enough to make a pick:
That’s a poll for another day.
At any rate, to hit $1 trillion, Amazon needs to rally about 13% and break above $2,060, while Apple only has to get to $203.45, a 6% gain.