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Meta Added $205B in Market Cap Friday. Let’s Put That in Perspective

Signage outside Meta headquarters in Menlo Park, California, US, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024.
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Meta (META) posted the largest-ever one-day jump in market value on Friday. Its shares rose more than 20%, adding $205 billion to its market capitalization

To put that in perspective: 
  • America's five largest airlines—Delta (DAL), Southwest (LUV), United (UAL), American (AAL), and Alaska (ALK)—have a combined market value of about $71 billion. The world’s 20 largest airlines are cumulatively valued at $210 billion. 
  • America's five largest homebuilders—D.R. Horton (DHI), Lennar (LEN), NVR (NVR), Pultegroup (PHM), and Toll Brothers (TOL)—are valued at $148 billion.
  • Starbucks (SBUX) and Airbnb (ABNB)—America's 87th and 103rd most valuable companies, respectively—have a combined market cap of about $200 billion.
  • Only 33 companies in the S&P 500—excluding Meta—have a market cap larger than its gains today.

Before today, Apple (AAPL) held the record for the largest single-day gain. It added $190.9 billion in market cap on Nov. 10, 2022, after a better-than-expected inflation report sent U.S. equities soaring. 

Rounding out the top three is Amazon (AMZN), which tacked on $190.8 billion on Feb. 4, 2022, after an upbeat quarterly earnings report.

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