Apple breaks record as most valuable firm

Apple broke a record Monday becoming the most valuable public company in history.

Shares of Apple stock surged more than 2 percent, pushing the company’s value to more than $623 billion. This surpasses the previous record set by Microsoft in 1999.

Financial analysts say the jump in Apple stock was sparked by next month’s expected launch of a new version of the iPhone.

The late Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976, pioneering the mass-produced personal computer.

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