The stock market has long been a barometer of the health of an economy. It’s a reflection of how well businesses are doing, how their stocks are performing, and what kind of value they offer investors. Since the stock market is such an integral part of the health of the economy, it makes sense that prices would fluctuate from time to time. But what happens when you get a stock that is so valuable that it reaches into the ten-or even hundred-thousands? And what about those stocks that consistently reach $1,000 or more? Are high-priced stocks worth buying? Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive stocks in the world and see whether they’re worth your money.
1. Berkshire Hathaway – $465,112.25 Per Share
The most expensive stock in the world is Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A). BRK-A is an American multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, the United States, with interests in manufacturing all over the world. Warren Buffett and Charles Munger founded the company as an investment vehicle for their holdings in 1964. It first entered the insurance business in 1995 by acquiring General Re Corporation. In 1997, they also started buying shares of Coca-Cola Company but sold them all in October 2002. Today, BRK-A comprises several companies such as Fruit of the Loom Inc., Helzberg Diamonds Inc., NetJets Aviation Inc., Pampered Chef Inc., Star Furniture Co., Clayton Homes LLC, and others
2. Lindt & Sprüngli AG – $9,540.00 Per Share
Lindt & Sprüngli AG (LISN) is a Swiss confectionery company with headquarters in Kilchberg, Switzerland. The company was founded in 1845 by Charles Sprungli and Rodolphe Lindt as “Chocolatière Sprüngli”, which later changed its name to Lindt & Sprüngli AG. It is currently owned by JAB Holding Company.
Lindt & Sprüngli has over 1,100 employees worldwide and sells its products in more than 80 countries on five continents.
3. Next Plc – $6,553.89
Next Plc, a British multinational retailer operating under the Next brand, is currently the largest clothing retailer in the UK.
Next Plc is also the largest clothing retailer in Europe and one of the largest clothing retailers in the world.
The company is headquartered in Berkshire, England, and was first established as an alterations business by John Michael Collins in 1856 at 77 Kirkgate Market, Leeds. In 1945 it became part of Burton Group PLC and expanded rapidly, becoming Britain’s largest clothing chain. In 1963 NEXT was launched as a chain store for men’s tailored suits, with over 100 stores opened by 1989 – when it demerged from Burton Group PLC to become an independent company again trading under its original name “NEXT.”
Today there are over 300 stores across 31 countries worldwide, including France (since 1987), Russia (since 2006), and China (since 2009).
4. Seaboard Corporation – $4,060.00
Seaboard Corporation is a food company that owns and operates in the United States. It was founded in 1884 by James Deering as Deering Harvester Company and renamed Seaboard Corporation on April 1, 1928. With a market cap of $4,019.26 billion, it has been listed on the NYSE since 1927 and is a subsidiary of Seaboard Corporation with a net income of $1.6 billion for the fiscal year 2018 (ending March 31). The company has been in operation for over 130 years, with operations across North America and Latin America, serving customers like Walmart Inc., Food Lion LLC, and other grocery stores throughout the United States.
Seaboard Corporation shares are actively traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BEEF”; its price range over the past five years has ranged from $27 per share at its lowest point (-31%) to $45 per share at its highest point (+40%). The company benefits from an increase in demand for beef as well as pork products due to higher global meat consumption rates, which leads us to our following stock…
5. NVR Inc. – $4,344.98
NVR Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that builds and sells homes in the United States. It is one of the largest homebuilders in the country, with more than 100,000 houses sold since its inception. In addition to being a REIT and homebuilder, NVR also has interests in commercial properties as well as manufactured housing communities for low-income buyers.
As of April 2019, NVR had a market capitalization of $69 billion, with shares trading at $58 apiece—which means its current value is over $2 billion short of being categorized as part of Forbes’ list of most valuable companies in America.
6. Booking Holdings Inc. – $2,336.47
- Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is a global technology company that provides online platforms and services to enable travel and related services for consumers and businesses.
- Booking Holdings Inc. is the parent company of Booking.com, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Agoda, and others.
The company was founded in 1991 as Bookings Network by Bill Marriott in Charlottesville, Virginia. It became a subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp following its acquisition by Barry Diller’s USA Networks Inc., which later merged with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc., creating Live Nation Entertainment Inc. In 2004, IAC spun off its travel websites into Expedia Group Inc. In 2015 Expedia bought Orbitz Worldwide from The Blackstone Group L P (NYSE: BX)in an all-cash deal valued at USD 1.7 billion.
7. Amazon Inc. – (Was $2453.00 & Now $121.28)
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is American electronic commerce and cloud computing company based in Seattle, Washington; Jeff Bezos founded that on July 5, 1994. The company also produces consumer electronics—notably the Amazon Kindle e-book reader and the Fire tablet computer—and is a significant provider of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS and PaaS). Amazon also sells certain low-end products like USB cables under its in-house brand AmazonBasics.
Amazon’s initial business model consisted of selling books; it soon diversified to sell DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, videotapes, and MP3 downloads/streaming. The company eventually began offering its hardware products: tablets (Kindle), set-top boxes (Fire TV), and Kindle e-readers. These devices are often branded as Amazon Kindle or Fire.
8. Markel Corporation – $1,384.66
Markel Corporation is an American holding company based in Richmond, Virginia. It is a diversified holding company with investments in insurance, reinsurance, and specialty lines of business. As of December 31, 2016, Markel’s total assets were $17.1 billion, and its net worth was USD 15 billion, making it one of the most valuable public companies in the world, with a market cap of USD 20 billion.
According to Forbes magazine’s “World’s Most Valuable Brands” report for 2017, released on March 7th, 2018, Markel ranked number 32 out of 100 companies listed on their list with an overall brand value of $6bn USD making it one hundredth as valuable as Apple ($96bn).
9. Madras Rubber Factory Limited – $908.11
Madras Rubber Factory Limited is a subsidiary of Birla Corporation Limited (BCL). It has been in the business for over one hundred years and employs around 7,500 people. The company manufactures rubber products such as tires, tubes, wheels, hoses, and industrial belts. It is listed on BSE Limited, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), National Stock Exchange (NSE), MSE Limited, and Calcutta Stock Exchange (CSE).
10. Alphabet Inc. – $2,347.58 Per Share
Alphabet Inc. is a technology company that provides search, cloud computing, and advertising services. Its products include e-mail (Gmail), search (Google Search), online advertising platforms (AdWords), enterprise software systems for managing data in corporate environments (Google Apps for Work), cloud storage, and office productivity tools (G Suite). As of January 31, 2019, Alphabet Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Alphabet holding company, which Page and Brin founded on October 2nd, 2015, in Mountain View, California. It produces around $1 trillion in annual revenue with over $80 billion in profit yearly, making it the most profitable stock on this list, worth $1,084 per share at the time of writing!
It is always interesting to look at the most expensive stocks in the world. The companies that can achieve stock prices like these are often truly impressive businesses. This year, we saw a lot of movement in the market, and it was fascinating to see which companies were able to maintain their spots (like Alphabet Inc.). In contrast, others have fallen off due to volatile markets, such as Berkshire Hathaway.
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