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REUTERS
February 9, 2018

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Amazon’s value may beat out Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com Inc was on the verge of ending the day with a stock market value higher than Microsoft Corp´s for the first time, as the online shopping behemoth weathered the recent turmoil on Wall Street.

Amazon´s stock was down 1.14 percent, bringing its market capitalization to $690.4 billion, while software maker Microsoft´s 1.83 percent fall depressed its market capitalization to $690.3 billion.

Bolstered by blockbuster quarterly results, Amazon´s stock gained 3.8 percent over the three sessions ended Tuesday, even as Wall Street struggled through a rout that has raised fears that a nine-year bull market may be ending.

Microsoft lost about 3.1 percent over the three sessions ended Tuesday. Amazon´s market cap at points on Wednesday during intraday trade already topped that of Microsoft, but it has never closed at a higher value.

Amazon´s explosive growth in retail and cloud computing has sent its shares 77 percent higher over the past year, outpacing Microsoft´s 42 percent rise.

Apple Inc´s $819 billion market capitalization remains Wall Street´s largest, followed by Alphabet Inc , the parent of Google, at $736 billion.

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