Top 500 U.S. companies add $2 trillion in market value amid a pandemic

Data acquired and calculated by Finbold reveals that the top 500 United States public companies’ market value grew by $1.99 trillion between December 31, 2020, and March 31, 2021. The cumulative market capitalization as of December 31, 2020, stood at $33.38 trillion and hit $35,38 trillion at the end of March 2021.

The companies’ market value had surged by 88.47% from 2015 when the figure stood at $18.77 trillion. In 2016, the value grew by 7.7% to $20.22 trillion. In 2017, the companies had a cumulative market value of $23.93 billion and slightly dropped to $22.06 trillion in 2018. The value surged by 27% to $28.12 trillion.

Companies shake off pandemic lows to surge in valuations

The report highlights the circumstance around the record surge in market value for the five companies. According to the research report:

“Against all odds, the stock market began a rebound in April. The resurgence highlights a significant disconnect between the economy and the stock market. The rate of unemployment was surging weekly, and the stock market was making gains directly impacting the value of listed firms. Interestingly, despite the crash, the top 500 public U.S. companies’ cumulative market cap didn’t plunge lower than the previous year’s figure.”

Across the year, the pandemic emerged in different phases threatening the economic gains made. The analysis notes that:

“In general, the stock market’s resilience was exhibited further in the year despite concerns about the pandemic’s second wave. Some states shut down economic activities, but the market cap remained consistent. This is an indicator that gains made were sustainable.”

After emerging from the historic lows, the five companies’ value will likely keep rising as growth drivers like the tech firms cultivate on the gains made from the pandemic.


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