Samsung shares reach all-time high

Samsung shares reach all-time high
After dodging a bullet a few years ago, Samsung shares reached an all-time high earlier today. 

One Samsung share is now worth 1,640,000 Korean won ($1,480 at the current exchange rates), a 4.7% improvement compared to the day before and a 30% boost since the start of the year.

This new surge in Samsung share prices comes hot on the heels of Samsung’s better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter of 2016, the company's most profitable quarter in the past couple of years. The world’s largest smartphone maker raked in profits 57% higher compared to the same period a year ago.

At this record-high share price, Samsung’s market capitalization is one of 232 trillion won ($210 billion). That puts Samsung above companies such as Intel, Visa, and Coca-Cola in terms of valuation. 


Samsung is by far the largest company in South Korea by market cap and one of the most valuable in Asia’s technology sector, although it still trails behind Chinese internet giants Alibaba and Tencent. 

Apple, Samsung’s main rival and the world’s most valuable company, has a market cap of $532 billion. However, it’s important to note that, despite the fact that Apple has a market cap three times larger than Samsung, the two mobile giants followed different trajectories in the past year. While Samsung increased its valuation by 44% in the past year, Apple has seen its own reduced by 5.8% over the same period. 

Samsung is currently banking on the commercial success of the Galaxy S7 series, but it’s worth mentioning that Samsung is also starting to reap the results of continued investment in the semiconductors. Samsung has been investing about 20 billion each year but now holds a technological lead over competitors in both fields, which is why many of its smartphone-making rivals turn to Samsung to purchase components such as screens, memory chips, as well as imaging sensors. 

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31 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Shows how big and important the Mobile market is! It can single handedly bring things up or down.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

This is merely Samsung's Consumer Electronics division. Wonder where their total market cap sits with their all their apparel, chemicals, consumer electronics, electronic components, medical equipment, semiconductors, ships, military and telecommunications equipment divisions combined...

9. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Worlds largest company if Ive ever seen one

10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

A lot, lol

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

as someone stated below Samsung Group total assets US$ 529.5 billion (2014) (should be higher this year) as comparison Apple Inc. total assets US$305.277 billion (2Q2016)

11. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Even in a downward year, Apple is still more valuable than Samsung. Apple FTW.

13. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

No it isn't. It's ONLY a gadget company. Have you seen how many things Samsung makes?

14. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Please report back with the entire valuation of the Samsung conglomerate versus the valuation of Apple.

18. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They disappointed me with my computer monitor and a DVD player I had. Both crapped out just past a year. Not to mention exploding washing machines. But their smart phones are top notch. At least the flagships anyways.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're a sad little man. Even though I demand a lot from Apple, because I have and many others have given them lots of out hard earned cash, and I want them to make the products I know they can. But who cares who has the most money? That's all you care about? How about apple actually put that money into their cheesy products? I'm not impressed by sales numbers. I want results in the product. You can't buy sales numbers off the shelf. You buys products. Just because a product is popular, doesn't make it the best. When Apple doesn't have any more money, and don't claim it can't happen because it has happened to them and others, what you gonna say when they don't have nay again? What you gonna brag about then?

16. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Dimwit, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as the saying goes. In other words, Apple has so much valuation due to the fact that soooooo many people love Apple products and services, and continue to buy them because they enjoy them. A perfect example is the Apple Watch; look at the results of any independent firm that calculates wearable sales, and you'll see that the Apple Watch outsold all android wear and Gear S2's by a very side margin. It may be a difficult concept for you to understand, but a lot of people actually like and want, WANT to buy Apples products.

24. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

No really, people just stick with apple because of marketing. Most people seriously believe if its not a iPhone they are too dumb to know how to use anything else. They believe their music, data want transfer etc. So they stick with Apple. Others buy it because there friends have one etc. Why you think so many 10 year old girls want one? Not because its the best but because they feel its a status symbol or something.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's more to do with Appl and music they locked into, but that will go west now that we all moved on to streaming music And the apps are now just as good on android with way more free apps to start with

19. Unordinary unregistered

You should "buys" a dictionary.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Apple has more money then Samsung mobile because apple puts less into the iphone but changes top dollar for a phone with less and isheep pay it. You pay top dollar for Samsung flagship phones but at least you get more for your money. Yeah I sheep will say you don't.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

With the Note 7 having higher than expected demand, that number is gonna go higher for the 3rd quarter. and with prices of the S7 due to come down after XMAS, that means even the very first quarter for next year is looking bright. I am happy to see hard work pay off. Samsung has really been trying hard. sometimes too hard like with the S4. But I think they have now found that perfect software and hardware balance that started with the S6.

17. madi1978

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Sorry phonearena, you should correct the market vale of apple since it is 590 billion us dollars and not 536 billion....please update the figure

20. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I think you should compare Apple to the entire Samsung as a whole. All you are comparing is between Apple as a whole compamy against the mobile decision of Samsung.

22. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wouldn't matter. Apple still has a much higher market cap regardless of if you put the entirety of Samsung here.

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Got any proof of that claim?

28. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

You don't expect i-sheep to come up with facts, right??

25. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Actually i don't know if Apple have higher market cap than the entire clongemerate of Samsung. Actually must be similar.

26. DomSanity

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

I got this from Google: Total assets: 529.5 billion USD (2014) *search for Samsung Group

29. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

As usual, PA only reports market cap as the valuation of a company. Pro tip: Look up terms like equity or enterprise value. Then some of you (I'm including you writers here at PA as well) might realize why Samsung's actual valuation is a hell of a lot higher than Apple's. Hint: Market cap references only buying up all outstanding shares of a company, and does not factor in ALL the debts and assets of a company, thus is not reflective of the total cost of buying said company (valuation).

31. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

If I was asked , you can now own all of Apple or all of Samsung, I take all of Samsung any day of the week as when the iPhone runs out Apple doomed

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