With Google parent Alphabet becoming the latest entrant to Wall Street’s trillion-dollar club, Europe’s blue-chip companies are dwarfed by comparison -- the most valuable firm from the “old continent,” Nestle, is worth just a third of that.
Alphabet surged past the $1 trillion mark late on Thursday, joining Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, which had breached that level in 2018 before giving up some of those gains.
Add Facebook (current worth: $630 billion) and you get a group with a combined market cap of $5.2 trillion, more than the combined $4.6 trillion value of the STOXX 50 European index.
Comparing entire benchmark stoc indexes, the U.S. S&P 500 has a $27.5 trillion price tag, almost three times the $10.1 trillion on the pan-European STOXX 600.
There is no place for Europe at the global top 10 table where the cheapest company, JPMorgan, scrapes in at $430 billion, well above Nestle’s $315 billion.
The main culprit for the huge discrepancy is Europe’s lack of a digital bellwether stock to match the past decade’s tech boom, spearheaded by the U.S. ‘FAANGs’ (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) and China’s ‘BATs’ (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent).
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