The leaders of Alphabet Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., and Amazon Inc. had to show up in Congress to defend themselves against allegations that the Big Tech quartet broke antitrust laws and have to be reined in.
The four companies are the most domineering forces in the world of technology, and the giants collectively continue to grow substantially despite all the concerns with anticompetitive practices. Leaders of the companies answered tough questions from lawmakers during the five and a half-hour long congressional hearing about the dominant position these companies hold in the tech sector.
During after-hours trading, the tech giants showed how dominant the companies are. All four companies gained a combined market capitalization increase north of US$200 billion. At the close of trading after the congressional hearing, the companies collectively were worth almost US$5 trillion.
Big tech boom
One of the most significant developments in our everyday lives is that we are spending a lot more time at home. With more people stuck at home and relying on online shopping, working remotely when possible, and looking for online income, the e-commerce industry unsurprisingly saw a massive boost.
Sales through Amazon’s physical stores declined by 13%, but the net income for the e-commerce giant tripled due to online grocery sales. Apple earned $11 billion despite shutting down a significant portion of its stores due to the pandemic due to the same reasons.
Canadian tech giant
When it comes to Canadian entrants in the global tech landscape, there is no other company as significant as Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP)(NYSE:SHOP). There is a significant increase in tech companies in the country, but Shopify stands out as the most prominent component of the TSX’s tech sector.
As of July 31, 2020, Shopify became the largest publicly traded company in Canada. It beat the Canadian banking giant Royal Bank of Canada despite having been around for just 16 years. At writing, the e-commerce company has a $182.41 billion market capitalization, and it does not show any signs of slowing down.
Despite the onset of COVID-19, Shopify has gained 167.89% from the beginning of 2020. The company gained almost 4,000% in its share price since its initial public offering in May 2015. Shopify’s cloud-based multichannel commerce platform caters to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses around the world. It has a significant influence on the TSX index, and it continues to grow.
The current conditions favor significant tech companies like Shopify, and it seems like there is a lot more room for the stock to grow.
While investors might find the situation with antitrust allegations worrisome, the most prominent players in the tech world are likely to continue growing. If you are looking for a Canadian equivalent to the likes of Amazon and Apple, Shopify could be an excellent asset to consider.
Speaking of Shopify…
Renowned Canadian investor Iain Butler just named 10 stocks for Canadians to buy TODAY. So if you’re tired of reading about other people getting rich in the stock market, this might be a good day for you.
Because Motley Fool Canada is offering a full 65% off the list price of their top stock-picking service, plus a complete membership fee back guarantee on what you pay for the service. Simply click here to discover how you can take advantage of this.
John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Fool contributor Adam Othman owns shares of Shopify. David Gardner owns shares of Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Shopify, and Shopify and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon.