April 9, 2012

Reports: Facebook will list its stock on Nasdaq

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a meeting in San Francisco in October 2011.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a meeting in San Francisco in October 2011.

By Paul Sakuma, AP Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a meeting in San Francisco in October 2011.

NEW YORK - Facebook will list its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange, according to media reports.

That would be a big win for Nasdaq, which competes fiercely with NYSE Euronext, which operates the New York Stock Exchange, especially for an initial public offering (IPO) as large as Facebook's, pegged at $5 billion.

The New York Times and CNBC cited anonymous sources on the potential listing.

Calls to Facebook and Nasdaq OMX Group were not immediately returned Friday.

Part of the reason the Nasdaq is considered the more attractive option for Facebook is because of the Internet heavyweights already listed there, which include Apple, Google and Microsoft.

NYSE snared LinkedIn's IPO last year. The professional networking site doubled its IPO price in its first day of trading in May 2011 to give it a market value of nearly $9 billion. It was the largest for any Internet company since Google had its IPO in 2004.

Facebook is in another economic sphere. In papers filed in early February, it was disclosed that Facebook's IPO could place the value of the company at $100 billion. That would make it one of the world's most valuable companies eight years after it began as a startup at Harvard University.

If Facebook can raise $5 billion by selling a small percentage of its shares to the public, as is expected, it will dwarf all preceding Internet IPOs. The final tally will shift with Facebook's bankers gauging demand for those shares on Wall Street.

Joining corporate America's elite would give Facebook financial clout as it tries to expand its global audience of about 845 million users. It also could help Facebook fend off a challenge from Google, which wants to rival Facebook as with its own social networking system.

Following the model of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set up two classes of stock that will ensure he retains control of Facebook as the sometimes conflicting demands of Wall Street exert new pressures on the company. He will have the final say on how nearly 57 percent of Facebook's stock votes, according to the company's February filing.

Facebook is expected to begin trading under the ticker "FB" in either May or June.

by Associated Press Apr 6, 2010

Reports: Facebook will list its stock on Nasdaq

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