Apple was created in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne (who sold his 10% share of the company just a few years later for $800 USD). Amazon opened its online bookstore for business in 1994 because founder Jeff Bezos didn’t want to miss out on the ’90s internet business boom. Google was born in 1998, created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two PhD students at Stanford University who still own 14% of the company’s shares between them.
Together, these three companies have taken over the world, and the people who own shares in them are rich indeed. So how can you buy stock in these ever-expanding international conglomerates?
How many platforms offer trading in international markets?
Our most recent research shows that 6 out of 17 providers we rated offer access to trading in international markets:
- George Bank
Which platforms let you trade in Apple, Amazon, and Google stock?
The answer is simple. Stock in all three of these companies is listed on the NASDAQ, the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations System. It is an American stock exchange created by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).
Five out of six of the platforms that allow international trading provide investor access to trading on the NASDAQ, according to our database:
- George Bank
You can search for and trade in the stock for Apple, Amazon, and Google by their NASDAQ “ticker” codes:
- Apple: AAPL
- Amazon: AMZN
- Google (Alphabet): GOOG for Alphabet C (non-voting shares) and GOOGL for Alphabet A (voting shares)
What have Apple, Amazon, and Google stocks done lately?
As for whether you should invest in Apple, Amazon, and Google, that may be another story entirely, and we wouldn’t presume to tell you who you should be investing in. Having said that, there are some trends that can be seen in prices for these stocks so far over the past year…
Apple’s stock has been down for quite a while as no new or different products have arrived following the death of founder and chief innovator Steve Jobs. Nevertheless, Apple devotees have seen the company through many volatile periods of rising and dipping stock prices.
Amazon’s stock has seen a few dips, but in general, the leadership of founding CEO Jeff Bezos has seen Amazon soar throughout several boom-bust cycles. On the flip side, Amazon is a company that likes to spend what it earns, and this can be seen in lower dividends than you might expect.
Google’s stock continues to rise after the company restructure that saw Alphabet become the overarching brand over Google, YouTube, Android smartphones, self-driving cars, and more. Not every venture Google has jumped into has met with success, but they are in the fortunate position of being able to burn $3.5 billion on “other projects” and still make their best income statement to date.
Having said all that, there is no field where the saying “past performance truly is no guarantee of future performance” is more true than the field of technology. After all, the internet dot-com boom eventually went bust, with many companies that had been expanding rapidly simply fading out of existence. The key may be to find stocks in an area of technology where there is still room to grow, with a company whose leaders know how to make their new innovations a “must-have” for the public.
No matter who you’ve decided to invest in, CANSTAR can help you compare trading platforms and find the right one with which to invest. In 2016, we researched and rated 42 online share trading platforms from 17 providers in Australia, to find which ones offer outstanding value for investors.