Most Expensive Stock Right Now: Which One Is It?

A company’s stock price is a good measure of a company’s success in general (however, you must keep stock splits in mind before using stock price as the one and only measure of a company’s success). Whether you invest frequently in the stock market or not, at some point of time, you must have wondered “which is the most expensive stock in the world”. In this post, we are going to find just that. So without further ado, let’s get started. 

Here Are The Most Expensive Stocks in the World

1. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)

Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Kicking off our list of the most expensive stocks in the world, is Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Through its subsidiaries, the company engages in insurance, freight rail transportation, and utility businesses. It provides property, casualty, life, accident, and health insurance and reinsurance; and operates railroad systems in North America. The company also generates, transmits, stores, and distributes electricity from natural gas, coal, wind, solar, hydro, nuclear, and geothermal sources; operates natural gas distribution and storage facilities, interstate pipelines, and compressor and meter stations; and holds interest in coal mining assets. In addition, it offers real estate brokerage services; and leases transportation equipment and furniture. Further, the company manufactures boxed chocolates and other confectionery products; specialty chemicals, metal cutting tools, and components for aerospace and power generation applications; flooring, insulation, roofing and engineered, building and engineered components, paints and coatings, and bricks and masonry products, as well as offers homebuilding and manufactured housing finance; and recreational vehicles, apparel products, jewelry, and custom picture framing products, and alkaline batteries. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

2. Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli AG (LDSVF)

Exchange: SIX Swiss Exchange (formerly SWX Swiss Exchange)

Next on our list of the most expensive stocks in the world, is Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli AG. Together with its subsidiaries, the firm manufactures and sells chocolate products worldwide. The company sells its products under the Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover, Whitman’s, Pangburn’s, Caffarel, Hofbauer, and Küfferle brands. It serves customers through a network of distributors, as well as through its approximately 500 shops. Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli AG was founded in 1845 and is headquartered in Kilchberg, Switzerland.

3. Next Plc (NXT.L)

Exchange: London Stock Exchange (LSE)

Next on our list of the  most expensive stocks in the world, is NEXT plc. It is a United Kingdom-based retailer offering clothing, footwear, accessories, beauty and home products. The Company’s segments include NEXT Online, NEXT Retail, NEXT Finance, NEXT International Retail, NEXT Sourcing and other. NEXT Online is its online business for selling clothing and homeware in the United Kingdom and Eire. NEXT Retail is a chain of over 500 stores in the United Kingdom and Eire. NEXT Finance provides consumer credit for NEXT customers to purchase products online and in its stores through nextpay and next3step. Next3step is a credit account, which allows customers to spread the cost of orders over three months in three equal payments, without incurring an interest charge. NEXT Sourcing designs and sources NEXT branded products. The NEXT International Retail segment comprises franchise and wholly owned stores overseas. The Company’s franchise partners operate approximately 199 stores in over 32 countries.

4. NVR Inc. (NVR)

Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Next on our list of the most expensive stocks in the world, is NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Homebuilding and Mortgage Banking. It primarily constructs and sells single-family detached homes, townhomes, and condominium buildings under the Ryan Homes, NVHomes, and Heartland Homes names. The company markets its Ryan Homes products to first-time and first-time move-up buyers; and NVHomes and Heartland Homes products to move-up and luxury buyers. It also provides various mortgage related services to its homebuilding customers; brokers title insurance; and performs title searches in connection with mortgage loan closings. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

5. Amazon Inc. (AMZN)

Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Next on our list of the most expensive stocks in the world, is Amazon.com, Inc.. The world famous firm, engages in the retail sale of consumer products and subscriptions in North America and internationally. The company operates through three segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). It sells merchandise and content purchased for resale from third-party sellers through physical and online stores. The company also manufactures and sells electronic devices, including Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TVs, Rings, and Echo and other devices; provides Kindle Direct Publishing, an online service that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store; and develops and produces media content. In addition, it offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its Websites, as well as its stores; and programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, skill and app developers, and others to publish and sell content. Further, the company provides compute, storage, database, and other AWS services, as well as fulfillment, advertising, publishing, and digital content subscriptions. Additionally, it offers Amazon Prime, a membership program, which provides free shipping of various items; access to streaming of movies and TV episodes; and other services. The company also operates in the food delivery business in Bengaluru, India. It serves consumers, sellers, developers, enterprises, and content creators. The company also has utility-scale solar projects in China, Australia, and the United States. Amazon.com, Inc. has a strategic relationship with NXP Semiconductors N.V. to deliver a cloud compute solution for vehicles that enable cloud-powered services. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

6. Seaboard Corporation (SEB)

Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Next on our list of the most expensive stocks in the world, is Seaboard Corporation. It is an agribusiness and transportation company. The company is primarily engaged in hog production, pork processing and ocean transportation. Its divisions include Pork, Commodity Trading and Milling, Marine, Sugar and Alcohol, Power, Turkey and Other. Overseas, the Company is primarily engaged in commodity merchandising, grain processing, sugar and alcohol production and electric power generation. The Company produces and sells frozen pork products to further processors, food service operators, grocery stores, distributors and retail outlets throughout the United States. It markets wheat, corn, soybean meal and other commodities in bulk to third parties and affiliated companies. As of December 31, 2018, its third-party agents provided cargo shipping services to 28 countries between the United States, the Caribbean Basin, and Central and South America. It sells power on the market accessed by government-owned distribution companies.

7. Booking Holdings Inc. (BKNG)

Exchange: NASDAQ

Next on our list of the most expensive stocks in the world, is Booking Holdings Inc. It provides travel and restaurant online reservation and related services worldwide. The company operates Booking.com, which connects travellers with a selection of places to stay, including apartments, vacation homes, family-run B&Bs, 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses, and igloos; and KAYAK that searches other sites to show travellers the information they need to find the right flights, hotels, rental cars, and vacation packages. It also operates Priceline, an online travel deal service, which provides travellers to save on hotel rooms, airline tickets, rental cars, vacation packages, and cruises; Agoda, which provides online accommodation reservation services. In addition, the company operates Rentalcars.com that offers online rental car reservation services; and OpenTable, an online provider of restaurant reservation services to consumers and restaurant reservation management services to restaurants. Further, it offers travel-related insurance products. The company was formerly known as The Priceline Group Inc. and changed its name to Booking Holdings Inc. in February 2018. Booking Holdings Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut.

8. Alphabet Inc. (GOOG)

Exchange: NASDAQ

Next on our list of the most expensive stocks in the world, is Alphabet Inc. It provides online advertising services in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, and Latin America. It offers performance and brand advertising services. The company operates through Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment offers products, such as Ads, Android, Chrome, Google Cloud, Google Maps, Google Play, Hardware, Search, and YouTube, as well as technical infrastructure. It also offers digital content, cloud services, hardware devices, and other miscellaneous products and services. The Other Bets segment includes businesses, including Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Verily, Waymo, and X, as well as Internet and television services. The company has an agreement with Sabre Corporation to develop an artificial intelligence-driven technology platform for travel. Alphabet Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

9. Markel Corporation (MKL)

Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Round off our list of the most expensive stocks in the world, is Markel Corporation. It is a diverse financial holding company which markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. Its Insurance segment offers general and professional liability, personal lines, marine and energy, specialty programs, and workers’ compensation insurance products; and property coverages that consist principally of fire, allied lines, and other specialized property coverages, including catastrophe-exposed property risks, such as earthquake and wind. This segment also offers credit and surety products, and collateral protection insurance. The company’s Reinsurance segment offers general liability, professional liability, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, and environmental impairment liability; property treaty products for catastrophe, per risk, and retrocessional exposures; and specialty treaty reinsurance products comprising structured and whole turnover credit, political risk, mortgage and contract, and commercial surety reinsurance programs. 

So those were the nine most expensive stocks in the world. As you can see, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has the most expensive stock in the world with a price of $347,815 (as of December 31st, 2020). Yes, one stock of Berkshire Hathaway can cost almost as much as a Lamborghini Aventador. There are many reasons behind the incredible price of the most expensive stock in the world but we will discuss those in some other post. For now, we will leave you with this famous quote from Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffet, “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

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