Google becomes No. 2 most valuable company in tech

After a summer stock surge, the Internet potentate surpasses rival Microsoft to become the second-most valuable in tech by market cap.

In May 2010, Apple attained a ranking long thought unthinkable -- the world's most valuable technology company, a position it achieved by dethroning longtime rival Microsoft.

Apple still sits atop the throne. But in the meantime another company has come along to kick Microsoft down a peg: Google, which capped off a summer surge in its stock price by overtaking Microsoft today in market capitalization. In the technology sector, only Apple has a bigger market value.

Google closed the day at $761.98, up 0.99 percent. Microsoft closed at $29.51, down 0.82 percent. And just like that, Google's market capitalization of $248.89 billion overtook Microsoft's value of 247.27 billion.

The day capped off a strong run for Google's stock, which surged more than 30 percent this summer amid improved earnings and a bullish Citi report that set a new price target for the company at $850, up from $740.

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