Last week Jason Zweig discussed about the popping of the tech bubble ten years ago in the article When Bubble Burst: Companies Won, Investors Lost.
From the article:
The Internet did change business forever, just as investors had predicted. And a handful of technology companies did strike it rich. But by far the biggest beneficiaries of the Internet boom were the companies that adopted the new technology rather than those that provided it. When I asked Aronson+Johnson+Ortiz LP, a Philadelphia money manager, for a list of the 100 top-performing stocks over the past decade, the roster was dominated by energy, health-care, materials, industrial and even financial companies. Only eight tech stocks made the list.
That’s mainly because their share prices got so inflated in the first place. As businesses, tech companies did very well. Technology was the most profitable sector in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index in 2009, contributing $93 billion of earnings, estimates Strategas Research Partners. Since the beginning of 2000, tech companies have generated $608 billion in cumulative profits. They have piled up $349 billion in cash, or 35% of the total at nonfinancial corporations. And over the past 10 years, Amazon has doubled even as the S&P 500 went nowhere.
Some of the tech giants from the 90s such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), etc. continue to be among the largest companies on the NASDAQ market.
The Top 25 companies ranked by market capitalization are listed below:
|S.No.||Name||Ticker||Market Capitalization as of March 17, 2010(in Billions)|
|4||Cisco Systems, Inc.||CSCO||$150.40|
|7||Vodafone Group Plc (ADR)||VOD||$119.80|
|11||Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR)||TEVA||$55.30|
|13||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||GILD||$42.60|
|14||Research In Motion Limited||RIMM||$41.40|
|16||Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (ADR)||ERIC||$35.50|
|18||Infosys Technologies Limited (ADR)||INFY||$34.90|
|20||Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (ADR)||MITSY||$30.90|
|23||Express Scripts, Inc.||ESRX||$27.30|
|24||Liberty Media Corp||LSTZA||$27.00|
|25||Costco Wholesale Corporation||COST||$26.90|