By James O'Toole@jtotooleSeptember 13, 2012: 6:07 PM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
Apple shares closed at an all-time high Thursday, a day after the company unveiled the latest edition of its wildly popular iPhone.
Apple(AAPL) shares closed at $682.98 on Thursday, up 2%, after hitting an intra-day high of $685.50. Elsewhere in the tech world, Amazon(AMZN) shares also closed at an all-time high, and Google(GOOG) shares again pushed past the $700 mark, closing up 2.2% at $706.04.
It was a strong day for U.S. stocks in general following the Federal Reserve's announcement that it was launching a new round of quantitative easing. Apple, though, appears particularly well-positioned to sustain its momentum over the next few months as the iPhone 5 hits stores.
Industry analysts are already predicting that the device will be the best-selling smartphone of all time. The stock also remains relatively cheap, trading at about 13 times what investors expect Apple to earn in its 2013 fiscal year.
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Apple shares have climbed more than 66% so far this year. Contrast that to some of the firm's competitors in hardware like Hewlett-Packard(HPQ) and Dell(DELL), which have fallen 31% and 29%, respectively, in 2012.