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Apple Has $500 Billion Challenge Others Failed: Chart of the Day

Now that Apple Inc.’s market value has exceeded $500 billion, the biggest challenge for the maker of iPhones and iPad tablet computers may be staying there.

Apple is the sixth U.S. company that has ever crossed the threshold, according to data compiled by Standard & Poor’s. The others are Microsoft Corp., General Electric Co., Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp., in chronological order.