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Facebook Goes Public: Are You Buying?

News 2012/05/18 19:00:00
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It's official. Facebook stock is now available. Mark Zuckerberg has had his poker face on for months as the public discussed Facebook's value and tried to predict how much Mark Zuckerberg is worth. Rumors suggested the company was worth close to $100 billion. On Thursday, they announced that initial shares would be worth $38. According to the BBC, that puts the company at $104 billion. When the market opened on Friday, Facebook shares were up to $42.

However, the media seems to be more interested in Zuckerberg's value. With 503.6 million shares in the company, at $38 a share, he was worth about $19.14 billion. Of course, that number is going to fluctuate now that his company has gone public, but you can keep track of his worth in real-time with The Wall Street Journal's "wealth-o-meter." As of writing this, he was up to $20.16 billion based on $40.04 shares. By the time we finished that sentence, he lost about a quarter of a billion dollars. Are you gonna get in on that Zuckerstock wealth? Symbol: FB.


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  • exhon2009 2012/05/19 02:31:09
    No
    exhon2009
    +2
    Almost bought it at the day's low. It was sinking like a stone and the underwriters stepped in to save it. It's actually a perfect trading vehicle, high volatiility in a short period of time. But buy to hold, no, I don't trust their business model, yet!
  • Carl Rogers 2012/05/19 02:04:05
    Yes
    Carl Rogers
    +1
    I`m going to go to their shareholder meetings and protest about their suppression of anti-genocide campaigners on Facebook who are trying to alert our fellow white citizens about the mass immigration+"assimilation" forced only on white countries being genocide not "multi-culturalism" as the anti-white regime would have them believe.
  • Figment Carl Ro... 2012/05/19 02:28:39
    Figment
    What? Explain this please.
  • Carl Ro... Figment 2012/05/19 02:32:25 (edited)
    Carl Rogers
    "How whites took over America"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    "Diversity" is just a codeword for fewer and fewer whites i.e white genocide.
  • Figment Carl Ro... 2012/05/19 03:04:22
    Figment
    I don't think I agree with this. We're all ready a diverse culture. I do not dislike people who are non-white or want them to leave. Unfortunately, my ancestors enslaved africans and brought them here.
  • Carl Ro... Figment 2012/05/19 03:57:19
    Carl Rogers
    +1
    I don`t care what you "agree" with,the genocide law forbids eliminating a group BY ANY MEANS.

    That includes forcing "Diversity" only on white countries and only white countries which is eliminating my race.

    Do you think the world is more "Diverse" after the Hutus killed the Tutsies?

    Genocide is genocide,it does not have to include violent acts.
  • Carl Ro... Figment 2012/05/19 02:41:22 (edited)
    Carl Rogers
    Facebook actively and aggressively censors white anti-genocide campaigners,even though we use no profanity or offensive material,while it allows horrific anti-white genocidal hatred and obscenity.
  • Met Carl Ro... 2012/05/19 03:18:05
    Met
    How does moving into a white neighborhood equate genocide?
  • Wayne TH G 333 2012/05/19 02:03:11
    No
    Wayne TH G 333
    +2
    This time in 10 years a sodahead question will be "Who remembers that facebook thing?"
  • Inquisi... Wayne T... 2012/05/19 22:49:21 (edited)
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    I don't know anyone offline who knows what SodaHead is, but everyone I know has some sort of idea about Facebook.
    But, you might have a point... I recently read somewhere that for the first time since it came out, Facebook is beginning to see declines.
    Besides, now that everything online is integrating with Facebook, it's making it easier for people to keep in contact outside of Facebook. And yes, business is seeing a HUGE boom from Facebook, since many companies are creating pages on the site... but I think that could work against Facebook as users grow tired of being bombarded by companies on their Facebook.
  • Wayne T... Inquisi... 2012/05/20 02:01:55
    Wayne TH G 333
    +1
    Yeah, I know that sodaheads no big fish but I don't think it's as vulnerable to a change in trends as facebook is. As everyone knows MySpace once ruled the social network World, but it is now a fraction of the size it once was, and the same could easily happen to facebook if something else becomes cooler.
    I also remember a company called netscape navigator that was the go to search engine, and it has now ceased operating, so google might not last forever either. The thing is with these companies they just don't make anything, so they exist totally on what people believe is cool at the moment and once one company becomes bigger than them they are finished.
  • Inquisi... Wayne T... 2012/05/20 02:21:06
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    I agree with you about Facebook (it could go the way of Myspace), but I'm not sure about Google... they were smart enough to move beyond just being a search engine. They're a huge company and so many things are tied to Google.
    The internet is soo hard to predict.
  • Wayne T... Inquisi... 2012/05/20 02:29:29
    Wayne TH G 333
    +1
    Yeah I agree, google could survive even if someone knocked them off the top, I think if a social media company like facebook started to be overtaken by a new company though the decline would be terminal. I wouldn't touch the shares anyway.
  • DebraJMSmith 2012/05/19 02:01:40
    No
    DebraJMSmith
  • i00wattz 2012/05/19 02:00:43 (edited)
    Yes
    i00wattz
    +1
    thinking about it. its hot right now. but how long will it last? what's kind of cool and kind of scary, is folks who never dreamed of playing the stock market may actually buy this stuff.
  • DB i00wattz 2012/05/19 12:55:56
    DB
    Ur absolutely right. That's why they'll be the ones who get played like a virgin on prom night.
  • ehrhornp 2012/05/19 01:52:34
    No
    ehrhornp
    +2
    I have an investment counselor who makes such decisions.
  • Calm down! 2012/05/19 01:27:28
    No
    Calm down!
    +2
    When ever they tell you to buy a stock is when you should not!
  • true american 2012/05/19 01:14:58
    No
    true american
    +1
    I have no interest in it.
  • Kai-Neko 2012/05/19 00:49:00
    No
    Kai-Neko
    +2
    I don't know how valid my vote is, considering I don't participate in the stock market. Okay we'll put it this way, even if I did spend my hard earned cash on stocks and shares, I would not waste any of my money on a social network.
  • Rock 2012/05/19 00:45:27
    No
    Rock
    +1
    $38 dollars a share....man, a lot of people wasted a lot of money today. 5 years from now that stock won't be worth the virtual paper it's written on.
  • LindaM 2012/05/19 00:15:09
    Yes
    LindaM
    +1
    There is no probably so I went with yes.
  • TheNightFly 2012/05/19 00:05:24 (edited)
    No
    TheNightFly
    +1
    I refuse to buy stock in any company because it's either a scam to rip off investors or a scam to rip off the employees.
  • Moonage 2012/05/18 23:58:10
    No
    Moonage
    +2
    I remember when Yahoo was invincible. Then AOL. Then Myspace. The problem with software only companies is they have nothing to fall back on. Once the trend is over, they're worthless.
  • Jack's Pearl 2012/05/18 23:56:55
    No
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    I love FB but I doubt I'll be buying stalk. We'll see. There could be a possibility, but I doubt it.
  • Sister Jean 2012/05/18 23:46:57
    No
    Sister Jean
    +3
    maybe later
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/05/18 23:44:54
  • Karl 2012/05/18 23:18:14
    No
    Karl
    +3
    I honestly don't feel like Facebook is really going to last that much longer.
  • Skye Karl 2012/05/19 00:46:19
    Skye
    I do
  • Karl Skye 2012/05/19 18:53:53
    Karl
    That's nice.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/05/18 23:06:39
  • AmericanVirus 2012/05/18 22:54:29
    No
    AmericanVirus
    +1
    Terrible thing to buy stock in. Don't buy stock in an internet fad, every social network inevitably collapses.
  • bmxschoolbus 2012/05/18 22:52:39
    No
    bmxschoolbus
    +1
    i cant see how something is worth so much that is free to use.
  • Tasia714 bmxscho... 2012/05/19 08:16:49
    Tasia714
    When you are not the consumer, you are the product.
  • joe mauro 2012/05/18 22:44:41
    No
    joe mauro
    +1
    i cant afford to pay attention let alone buy stock
  • voice_matters 2012/05/18 22:35:46
    No
    voice_matters
    see no reason to buy it. experts had mixed reviews on the stock.
  • Birthpangs 2012/05/18 22:19:47
  • Sterling 2012/05/18 22:18:25
    No
    Sterling
    +1
    Too high priced, piss poor profit model.
  • Mateo 2012/05/18 22:17:03
    No
    Mateo
    +1
    Look at the last 10 major tech IPOs: They start too high, soar even higher, then settle at or slightly below set IPO price. Screw that.

    Besides, how exactly do you value a company with severely limited revenue at $104 billion?
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/05/18 22:13:34
    No
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    +1
    i dont buy stocks

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