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Facebook lists on Nasdaq. Opens at $42.05/share

Last updated on: May 18, 2012 22:13 IST

Facebook lists on Nasdaq. Opens at $42.05/share

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Yoshita Singh in New York

Setting the stage for the much-awaited trading of Facebook, its founder Mark Zuckerberg on Friday rang the opening bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange. Zuckerberg rang the bell from the headquarters of Facebook in California.

The popular social networking site would be the largest US company at its debut with a market value of $104 billion. More than 100 million shares were traded in less than five minutes.

Standing outside his Menlo Park company headquarters, Zuckerberg was surrounded by executives and hundreds of employees as he rang the opening bell and signed on a glass podium.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was standing beside Zuckerberg, who hugged his fellow executives after ringing the opening bell. Wearing his trademark grey hoodie, Zuckerberg also waved at his employees.

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Image: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, shown in this image from Reuters video, reacts after remotely ringing the Nasdaq's opening bell at the social network's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
Photographs: Reuters.

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Shares of Facebook started trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol 'FB'. The stock had been priced at $38 and the IPO is expected to mop up anywhere between $16-18 billion.

Facebook put up 421 million shares of its common stock up for sale. Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup, are among the players managing the offer.

At $16 billion, the size of Facebook's IPO would be the third-largest for a US company. The largest offering was that of Visa, that raised $17.9 billion in 2008.



Image: Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on a screen televised from their headquarters in Menlo Park moments after their IPO launch in New York.
Photographs: Reuters.

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