Stock market report: Facebook shares spike as Apple inches closer to becoming first $2-trillion U.S. company

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      Investors' love affair with Big Tech continued today.

      Facebook shares jumped 6.49 percent to close at US$265.28. This lifted the company's market capitalization to US$755.73 billion.

      Apple investors also had reason to crow as their shares shot up by 3.49 percent to close at US$455.61.

      In after-hours trading, the company's stock edge up slightly more to US$456.25.

      Over the past month, Apple shares have risen 22.4 percent.

      With a market capitalization of US$1.95 trillion, Apple is poised to make history by becoming the first publicly traded U.S. company to be worth US$2 trillion.

      Last year, Saudi Aramco became the world's first company to shatter that US$2-trillion threshold on its second day of public trading.

      In comparison, Canada's gross domestic product last year was about $1.64 trillion.

      Meanwhile, Microsoft's shares increased by 1.6 percent to reach US$216.35. It's worth US$1.64 trillion.

      Another tech giant, Google parent Alphabet, saw its Class A shares rise by 1.75 percent to reach US$1,504.95. Alphabet's market cap is US$1.02 trillion.

      Things weren't quite as rosy for Amazon, which is actually an ecommerce company rather than a tech giant, though it relies heavily on technological innovation. Its shares inched up by 0.62 percent to US$3,225, and its market capitalization stands at $1.62 trillion.