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One of These Things Is Not Like the Others: Facebook Edition

Facebook, on the day of its somewhat rocky Internet debut at $38, traded in the range of $40 a share. This gave the company a market valuation of $112 billion. Few newborns emerge that size - and even fewer mature companies get there. Facebook is playing in the big leagues. Here's a list of the market values of some Very Important Companies that have been in business for decades. See how they compare to Facebook.

  • Google: Market value $200 billion; 2011 revenue $37.9 billion
  • JP Morgan Chase: Market value $127 billion; 2011 revenue $99.8 billion
  • Verizon: Market value $117 billion; 2011 revenue $110.9 billion 
  • Merck: Market value $115 billion; 2011 sales $48 billion
  • GlaxoSmithKline: $112 billion; 2011 sales $44 billion
  • Facebook: Market value $112 billion; 2011 revenue $3.7 billion
  • Anheuser-Busch: Market value $111 billion; 2011 revenue $39 billion
  • PepsiCo: Market value $109 billion; 2011 revenue $66.5 billion 
  • McDonald's: Market value $91 billion; 2011 revenue $27 billion
  • Cisco Systems: Market value $89 billion; 2011 sales $10.4 billion

Now, isn't that interesting?

About the author

Heidi N. Moore is The Guardian's U.S. finance and economics editor. She was formerly the New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace.
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