According to data compiled and presented yesterday by the team at BusinessWeek, if Apple's iPhone was a standalone company, its earnings would still be monumental and superior to those of other tech giants and consumer goods heavyweights.
In short, if Apple's iPhone division was its own company listed in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, "iPhone Inc." would outperform 474 of those companies. The iPhone-exclusive business would rank between Wells Fargo (WFC) ($90.5 billion) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) ($84.9 billion).
The iPhone 5s and 5c sold a record 9 million units during the first weekend after its launch. Consider this: The brand’s sales haul over the last four reported quarters eclipses that of such companies as Home Depot (HD), Microsoft (MSFT), Target (TGT), Goldman Sachs (GS), Amazon (AMZN), PepsiCo (PEP), Comcast (CMCSA), Dell (DELL), Google (GOOG), Pfizer (PFE), and UPS (UPS).