The AfCFTA is described as the world’s largest single market based on member nations, it is made up of more than 50 economies.
The iPhone maker attained the distinction in mid-morning trading and was up 1.1 per cent at $467.18 near 1545 GMT. The company had previously become the first giant to hit $1 trillion in market value in March 2018.
Tokyo piled on 0.8 per cent and Sydney climbed more than one per cent while Shanghai and Seoul enjoyed healthy rallies. There were also gains in Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Jakarta and Wellington. London rose in the morning, building on Monday's rally, though Paris and Frankfurt dipped.
The Shanghai Composite index was up 0.75% at 3,379.25, after earlier falling as much as 0.57%. The blue-chip CSI300 index was up 0.36%, clawing back from a 1.31% fall. The CSI financial sector sub-index ended 1.34% higher, the consumer staples sector added 0.11%, the real estate index jumped 3.08% and the healthcare sub-index closed 0.62% lower.
China-US tensions and a lack of progress in Washington stimulus talks -- all against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic -- were keeping markets from surging.
Benchmarks in Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney advanced. Shanghai and Hong Kong opened higher but were in negative territory by midday.
The benchmark Nikkei share average was down 0.01% to 23,138.07, after flitting between positive and negative territories. There were 72 advancers against 146 decliners. The broader Topix fell 0.15% to 1,615.81, with all but eight of 33 sectoral sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange trading lower.
Starting from Jan.1 when Britain will officially exit EU, British-based financial services groups lose their automatic access to the EU’s single market.
The European Union and China on Wednesday approved “in principle” a major investment pact that Brussels hopes will open up lucrative opportunities, despite concerns about Beijing’s rights record.