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James Gorman, Morgan Stanley chief executive, has defended his bank’s performance as lead underwriter on Facebook’s public offering, despite waves of criticism from investors and a potential legal review of the deal’s marketing, the Financial Times reports.
Comparisons between LinkedIn and Facebook were an underlying current throughout a conversation with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, founder Reid Hoffman and Kra Swisher at the All Things D conference.
Take a look at some of Wednesday’s morning movers:
Here’s why shareholders have a right to be optimistic about the future of Internet giant Facebook.
Investors, who have not been spooked by Facebook’s tumultuous market debut, will be able to get exposure to the social networking giant through an exchange-traded fund starting Friday.
Yahoo has done little to prove that it’s dominant Web portal will be a long-term answer to the growing threat of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
The stock sank without the full support of the company's underwriters, leaving some investors down nearly 25 percent from where they were Friday.
Stocks closed near session lows Friday, with all three major averages posting their worst weekly drop this year, as investors were cautious ahead of the weekend amid fears over the euro zone and euphoria over Facebook's trading debut fizzled.
Facebook set a record for volume on its first day of trading, but the stock otherwise failed to live up to all the hype.
Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers:
Jim Cramer’s researcher, Nicole Urken, dives into some broader themes when looking at the first day of Facebook as a public company.
The freshly minted tech millionaires and billionaires of Silicon Valley, including those benefitting from Facebook’s IPO today, are selling stock earlier and in larger numbers than previous generations of tech tycoons.
"The healthcare industry is being significantly impacted by Facebook and social media. The use of these social media channels has led to a significant shift in the way we engage internally as well as with the external world. "
While Facebook's shares have now ballooned to $38 per share, and perhaps more later today, it’s been a sometimes bumpy road for its private pricing history.
Check out which companies are making headlines after-the-bell Thursday:
After an IPO, insiders and major holders normally have to wait 180 days to sell shares. But that's not the case with Facebook.
“What's happening now is nothing like the insanity that gripped the market in 1999,” Cramer said.
If the Facebook IPO is to succeed, it will have to overcome a less-than-stellar history of similar technology offerings that started quickly but soon faltered.
Facebook's IPO, by some estimates, will turn a thousand of its employees into instant millionaires. So many suddenly wealthy taxpayers in California couldn't come at a better time.
I'll say it right at the top: I want Facebook to succeed. I want it to succeed because I want people to be excited about investing in stocks, and they are not right now ... and haven't been for a while.