Move over Apple, Microsoft now the world’s most valuable company

By Subrat Patnaik | Reuters

Apple Inc. lost its crown as the world’s most valuable public company to Microsoft Corp. on Friday, as the iPhone maker’s shares continued their downward slide.

Apple took a $6 billion hit to its sales during the fiscal fourth quarter due to a nagging global supply chain problem, leading to a miss on Wall Street expectations. Top boss Tim Cook said the impact will be even worse in the current holiday sales quarter.

“Compared to less hardware focused FAANG peers, Apple is also a lot more exposed to supply chain disruption,” said Sophie Lund-Yates, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Cupertino, California-based Apple’s shares were

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