The following is an excerpt from The Associated Press | July 20, 2012 | Yahoo.com |
Facebook’s stock fell again on Friday.
It lost 24 cents, or 0.8 percent, to close at $28.76. That’s down 24 percent from its public offering price of $38.
The stock has been up on 19 trading days and down on 25 since its initial public offering.
Facebook began trading publicly in mid-May following one of the most anticipated stock offerings in history. The IPO priced at $38, at the top of a projected range that Facebook had already boosted just days earlier.
Although many investors had hoped for a big first-day pop, Facebook’s stock opened on May 18 at $42.05 and fluctuated between $45 and $38 throughout the day. It closed barely above its IPO price, at $38.23.
The stock had fallen sharply in the weeks following the IPO, going as low as $25.52.
Investors have been concerned about its ability to keep increasing revenue and make money from its growing mobile audience, though many analysts hold positive long-term opinions.
The company, along with the investment banks that led the IPO, is the subject of dozens of shareholder lawsuits. They allege that analysts at the large underwriting investment banks cut their financial forecasts for Facebook just before the IPO and told only a handful of clients. Facebook and the banks overseeing the IPO insist that nothing about its IPO process was illegal or even out of the ordinary.
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