NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Apple nudged out oil giant ExxonMobil on Wednesday to become the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world.
The technology company's stock rose 6.3% to end at $446.66 a share, one day after Apple reported the best quarterly results in history for a tech company. That spike pushed the company's market value to $419 billion.
It remains to be seen how long Apple can maintain the title. Apple briefly surpassed Exxon for the first time last August, but the oil giant regained the top spot by the end of that day.
Apple's stellar quarter included a 73% jump in sales to $46.3 billion, a tech industry record. The company said its fiscal first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year earlier, rising to $13 billion, or $13.87 per share.
It was one of the most profitable quarters ever for any U.S. company, trailing only Exxon's record-setting $14.8 billion quarter from the fall of 2008, when oil prices were at an all-time high.
The oil company will report its quarterly results next week. It's expected to have earned $1.95 a share in the fourth quarter, up 6% from the same period last year, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.
Apple's results helped boost shares of companies that make components for its products.
Nuance Communications (), one of the companies responsible for Apple's voice recognition software Siri, gained 3%. Even Zagg ( ), a maker of mobile device accessories, rose 4%.
Apple's growth is a stunning achievement for a 35-year old company that had a market cap of just $10 billion a decade ago.
The company's turnaround began with the launch of the iPod, and growth really skyrocketed after the iPhone's release in 2007.
In the most recent quarter alone, Apple sold a whopping 37 million iPhones, twice what it sold in the same period a year ago.
IPad sales doubled to a record 15.4 million. Apple moved 5.2 million Macs, the first time Apple sold more than 5 million of its PCs in a quarter. The company also sold 15.4 million iPods during the holiday quarter, which ended Dec. 31.
Unsurprisingly, Apple topped CNNMoney's recent survey about the best tech company to invest in for the future.
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