The Shrinking Trillion Dollar Market Cap Club


Infographic showing the shrinking trillion dollar market cap club

The Shrinking Trillion Dollar Club

Aggressive tightening from the Federal Reserve has caused tech stocks to plummet back to Earth in 2022, and this has shaken up the membership of the trillion dollar market cap club.

Here are the four current members of this exclusive club:

Company Sector Date Market Cap Hit $1T Market Cap (Nov 3, 2022)
Apple (AAPL) Tech Aug 2, 2018 $2.21 trillion
Aramco (2222) Energy Dec 11, 2019 $2.01 trillion
Microsoft (MSFT) Tech Apr 25, 2019 $1.60 trillion
Alphabet (GOOGL) Tech Jan 16, 2020 $1.08 trillion

Apple, Microsoft, and Aramco are all still well above the $1 trillion mark for now, but Alphabet’s trajectory could take it out of this list if circumstances don’t change soon. Google has indicated that the decrease in crypto advertising has had a big impact on revenue, and ad budgets continue to be slashed as economic uncertainty continues.

Here are the three former members who have seen their market cap dip back below $1 trillion:

Company Sector Date Market Cap Hit $1T Market Cap (Nov 3, 2022)
Amazon (AMZN) Tech/Retail Sep 4, 2018 $911 billion
Tesla (TSLA) Automotive Oct 25, 2021 $675 billion
Meta (META) Tech Jun 28, 2021 $236 billion

Amazon recently became the latest company to fall below the 10-digit threshold. In response to a poorly received earnings report and forecasts for lighter spending this upcoming holiday season, the ecommerce giant has paused corporate hiring for the foreseeable future.

Though Tesla’s valuation has dipped in recent months, Elon Musk remains bullish on Tesla’s prospects, stating the company could eventually be “worth more than Apple and Saudi Aramco combined”. To his credit, Tesla reported record revenues last month.

Diverging Fortunes

Though Apple is down nearly 20% from its peak, the company has faired better than its tech giant peers. In fact, Apple is now worth as much as Amazon, Meta, and Alphabet combined.

Comparing the market caps of apple vs meta apple amazon

Meta, on the other hand, isn’t just going through tough times, it’s the worst performer in the entire S&P 500 this year so far.

Investors are bearish on Mark Zuckerberg’s expensive leap of faith that is the “metaverse” – a virtual reality world that people access via headsets (e.g. Meta Quest). It’s too early to tell whether Meta is on the forefront of the next digital revolution, or embarking on one of the most expensive tech flops in history.

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