Patt Morrison for May 18, 2012

All eyes on Facebook

Facebook Debuts As Public Company With Initial Public Offering On NASDAQ Exchange

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The share price of newly debuted Facebook stock is seen at the Nasdaq stock market moments after it went public on May 18, 2012 in New York, United States. The social network site began trading after 11:30 a.m. with shares jumping 13% to $43 before quickly falling. On Thursday Facebook priced 421 million shares at $38 each. Facebook, a Menlo Park, California based company, will have a valuation exceeding $100 billion.

Facebook stock is now available to the public, but is it meeting expectations?

Yesterday Facebook offered up 421.2 million shares for $38 a piece on Nasdaq, netting $16 billion, but insiders say that underwriters did a lot of the buying, tasked with making sure the stock did not fall below the initial offering price. And, after initial glitches stalled Nasdaq’s trading system, today’s celebratory bell-ringing by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was followed by only mediocre trading for Facebook, along with several hour-long pauses in Zynga sales due to increased volatility (Zynga produces Farmville and other games for Facebook).

Facebook’s I.P.O is the largest ever for a tech company, and the third largest public offering in the history of the United States. But is it worth its asking price and what will happen when the underwriters clear out?

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Did you by Facebook stock? Why or why not?

Guest:

Matt DeBord, economy reporter, KPCC


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