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Facebook has reportedly raised the price range on its IPO shares from the $28-$35 range to $34-$38 each, as the growing interest of investors has boosted the valuation of the firm to up to an eye-watering $104bn. By the end of last week, reports abounded that the initial public offering was oversubscribed, and the demand for …


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  1. James Boag

    What that I hear

    Pop op op op op op op op

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

      Re: What that I hear

      You need a motorbike, not a scooter.


  2. Code Monkey

    Surely no one would be so stupid to pay so much for this MySpace in the making.

    1. JDX Gold badge

      What do you mean "so much"? Nobody is going to pay $100bn, just increments of ~$30.

      1. Code Monkey

        It's worth nowhere near its valuation no matter how many chunks the $100bn is split into.

  3. localzuk

    What do they need the funds for?

    Surely floating means they need funds. What do they need them for?

    1. I think so I am?

      Re: What do they need the funds for?

      All the angle and initial investors want their money back ++++++++++++++++++++$

    2. Ye Gads

      Re: What do they need the funds for?

      Companies do IPOs for 4 reasons:

      1)To raise capital for investment and expansion (traditional - build new factories, etc)

      2)To reward it's owners for building a successful company (Google, Microsoft, Apple)

      3)To grab the cash before people realise they're in trouble (think Ocado...)

      4)Because they have no choice but to do so for regulatory reasons (that'd be Facebook)

      Basically, Facebook has over 500 shareholders (not shares, but people who hold Facebook shares). Once you breach the 500 shareholder limit SEC starts putting pressure on the company to float and allow its shareholders to trade their shares on the market..

      1. Ross 7

        Re: What do they need the funds for?

        It's 6 (2+4). MZ and co get so many shares, they'll have to keep a good wadge of them for regulatory reasons, but given the inevitable jump when trading opens they can sell a sufficiently large number of shares to get some *real* cash and stick it in the (offshore) bank so that when the shares you're obliged to keep become rather less valuable you're still filthy rich.

        Original? Of course not. But well tested :)

    3. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

      Re: What do they need the funds for?

      Presumably Zuckerman got bored of being a billionaire on paper.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    If the past is any guide, this may end badly.

  5. Pete 2 Silver badge

    What goes up

    ... must come down.

    Sooner or later someone's going to ask the embarrassing question: what's their intrinsic value? That can only be quantified by the amount of living, typing product they have available - the number of actual people who use the site regularly. Unlike Google, which doesn't have "users" in the conventional sense: people who have created an account and visit the site frequently, FB is dependent on the number of people who actively partake of the site and receive their advertisements. It doesn't take much (ref: every other social website that's floated) to realise that users are a fickle bunch. Just because a site is popular, now, with todays generation of teenage web users, that doesn't mean that todays 8 year-olds will necessarily want to use such an "old" technology in 5 or 6 years time. If that does come to pass, then the shelf-life of FB and its stock value could be about as perishable as a piece of fish.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lets hope pension funds aren't buying into the bubble!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    800M active users

    $208/user... sounds pricey! LOL... and a P/E ratio of 206?

    But hey... at least they have an E, and one that's not negative.... which is more than can be said for Instagram (or Skype IIRC)

    1. Captain Save-a-ho

      Re: 800M active users

      Better than the P/E ratio of almost 700 for LinkedIn. That's a bubble if I ever saw one.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: 800M active users

      LON:IMG (Imagination technologies) sells bits to apple

      p/e of 100+

      and yes, there is probably part of your pension fund in it...

      will probably burn up sooner of later...

  8. dssf

    FB keeps telling wall street that it values the privacy of the user. I say, "NOT!"

    And, here's why:

    FACEBOOK DOES ****NOT***** VALUE YOUR PRIVACY IN THIS REGARD: When users are on facebook in the public, such as in an elevator or on a train or on a bus, all a snoop needs to do is glance long enough at the handset or tablet to find out enough information to begin stalking or investigating someone. I have, in the past, commented about this and maybe even asked facebook to FIX THIS by allowing users to substitute monikers for the real names. This is NOT a patent-worthy item since databases allow users to use aliases for long or confusing names. FACEBOOK! If you CARE, you will once and for all ACT ON THIS!

    I could be mistaken somewhere, but i do NOT think so.

    Wall Street needs to take fbs ass to task on this, and NOW!

    Of course, there'll be pressure from SOMEwhere to just leave the names as they are: visible, vulnerable.

    Why cannot facebook just truncate it to the initials? I can do this in Lotus Approach, and others can do it in spreadsheets or other databases. It can be as simple as using aliases, if-then statements, or user-populated grid tables in their privacy settings. The user should even be able to blank out the name and to use substitute photos or to use standard face-replacing widgets.

    1. Yag

      Re: FB keeps telling wall street that it values the privacy of the user. I say, "NOT!"

      Woops, sorry for the typo.

      Should have written "FB keeps telling wall street that it derives value from the privacy of the user'

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