NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is the world's most valuable company, ever. On Monday, its surging stock propelled the company's value to $624 billion, beating the previous record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom.
After a four-month dip, Apple's stock hit new highs recently because of optimism around what is believed to be the impending launch of the iPhone 5, and possibly a smaller, cheaper iPad. Apple Inc. has been the world's most valuable company since the end of last year, when it surpassed Exxon Mobil Corp.
Apple's stock closed at $665.15 on Monday. That was an all-time high, up $17.04, or 2.6 percent, from Friday's close. If that seems to pricey for one share of Apple, here are seven other ways you can spend $665: