Apple Hits Record High As Fed Signals Rate Cut

Apple's stock achieved a new record closing high on Wednesday, driven by a broader US stock market rally following the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain unchanged interest rates and signal potential future reductions.

Closing at $197.96 each, Apple shares surged by 1.7%, surpassing the tech giant's previous record of $196.45 on July 31. The increase reflects a robust performance in the stock market.

Apple stock price hit an intraday high of $198.00, shy of its record high of $198.23 hit on July 19.

Apple’s market capitalization soared to $3.08 trillion, keeping its tag as the world’s most valuable company.

Fueled by Apple's share surge, the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 1.4%, reaching its highest closing level since January 2022. The rally indicates market strength.

In 2023, Apple's shares rose by 52%, significantly contributing to the Dow's 12% rebound and the S&P 500's 23% rally during the same period.

The US Fed maintained the benchmark lending rate between 5.25% and 5.50%, signaling the end of the interest rate hike cycle. No changes occurred on Wednesday, with three anticipated rate cuts next year.