Ah…what a difference a decade makes.
The stock market certainly thought Apple was a loser as its stock price on December 29, 2000 was 14.88.
In comparison, the cost for a single share of Microsoft Corporation on 12.29.2000 was 43.38, which according to a quick calculation, was 191.5% higher than its rival in Cupertino.
Move the calendar foward ten years later and it appears, stock-wise, the tables have turned.
On the final trading day of 2010, a share of Microsoft now costs 27.91, an increase of 28.6% when adjusted for the one 2-for-1 split the stock had during the decade.
However, on the same day (December 31, 2010), Apple shares were selling at 322.56, an increase of 4,235.4% when adjusted for the one 2-for-1 split the stock had during the decade.
It shall be curious to see, ten years hence, if the folks in Redmond have reversed this trend.
For comparison, shares of Google have increased 491.9% since its IPO on August 19, 2004 (100.34 close on August 19, 2004 and 593.97 close on 12.31.2010).