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  • Facebook IPO Requires Leap of Faith: Author  Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 12:04 PM ET

    It’s the capital markets event of the year. But anyone wanting to buy stock in Facebook’s imminent initial public offering needs unwavering faith in the vision of Mark Zuckerberg, the social network’s founder.

  • A Russian Magnate’s Facebook Bet Pays Off Big Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 10:10 AM ET
    Alisher Usmanov

    With his droopy eyeglasses and boxy suits, Alisher B. Usmanov is at no risk of being mistaken for a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. But the Russian steel tycoon is poised to make billions of dollars from the initial public stock offering of Facebook this week — in the same league as many of that social networking company’s early backers. NYT reports.

  • As Facebook Deal Grows, So Does Cash-Out Opportunity Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 9:45 AM ET

    Facebook has seen a frenzy of demand in the run-up to its initial public offering. On Monday, the company increased the price range for shares, and 24-hours later, said it would be upping the size of the deal by roughly 25 percent.

  • Facebook to Increase IPO Deal Size by 25%: Source Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 8:23 PM ET

    Facebook plans to increase the size of its IPO by 85 million shares, says someone familiar with the matter, a move that could value the offering at as much as $18.5 billion.

  • Facebook IPO & A Skeptical Public Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 4:16 PM ET
    Facebook IPO & A Skeptical Public

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports on the results of a CNBC-AP poll on Facebook that reveals 59% of respondents don't trust Facebook with their personal information. Dan Niles, Alpha One Capital Partners, weighs in.

  • Facebook Profit Roadblocks? Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 1:17 PM ET
    Facebook Profit Roadblocks?

    Investors may be hot to trot over Facebook's IPO, but a new AP-CNBC poll finds the company is facing potential monetary roadblocks, with CNBC's Kayla Tausche.

  • Facebook: A Passing Fad? Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:30 PM ET
    Facebook: A Passing Fad?

    According to a new CNBC-AP poll, nearly half of the people that use Facebook say it's a passing fad. Jon Najarian, TradeMonster.com founder and the FMHR traders, share their trade on the upcoming tech IPO.

  • The Most Important Friendship: Facebook and Zynga Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:16 PM ET

    Facebook likes Zynga – a lot.  While the social game maker endured some close scrutiny during its IPO because of its reliance on Facebook, the relationship is actually more of a codependent one -- and Facebook will be the first to admit that.

  • Nancy Miller: Facebook Advertising Drop Just a Blip Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 11:49 AM ET
    The Facebook IPO Primer by Nancy Miller

    The outlook for Facebook’s advertising prowess is central to Facebook, which plans on pricing its initial public offering of 377 million shares on May 17 .

  • Trump: Dimon's Woes & Zuckerberg's Prenuptial Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 7:30 AM ET
    Trump: Dimon's Woes & Zuckerberg's Prenuptial

    Donald Trump, Trump Organization chairman & president, sounds off on the JPMorgan trading blunder and wonders whether Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will obtain a prenuptial agreement if he marries his girlfriend.

  • Should Facebook's Zuckerberg Get a Prenup? Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 7:30 AM ET
    Should Facebook's Zuckerberg Get a Prenup?

    Donald Trump, Trump Organization chairman & president, sounds off on whether Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will obtain a prenuptial agreement if he marries his girlfriend, with the "Squawk Box" crew.

  • Facebook Poll Results: AP-CNBC Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 7:02 AM ET
    Facebook Poll Results: AP-CNBC

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche breaks down the numbers in a recent AP-CNBC poll which shows investors are leery about Facebook's management, growth prospects, and valuations.

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    Facebook’s long-awaited initial public offering will be a long-term bet, and selling pressure on the shares after the market excitement post-IPO will “relax,” Martin Sorrell, CEO at advertising bellwether WPP told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Confidence Lacking in Zuckerberg as Corporate Steward Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:05 AM ET
    Mark Zuckerberg

    Despite the fever-pitch hype over Facebook’s IPO, confidence in the company’s chief executive as a steward of the public tech giant is lacking.

  • Zuckerberg’s Persona Paradox Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:05 AM ET
    Mark Zuckerberg is meeting would-be investors as the largest social-networking service begins marketing its initial public offering.

    The Facebook CEO vocally and repeatedly condemned Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher’s film “The Social Network,” which portrayed him as a somewhat petulant, self-absorbed, shallow, and at times simply obnoxious prodigy.  Despite all that, the film is actually helping his reputation dramatically, according to a new AP-CNBC poll.

  • Facebook’s Challenge: Getting Users to Click on Ads Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:05 AM ET
    Facebook's Sponsored Ads

    For Facebook, advertising is a gold mine: It represents a wide majority of the company’s revenues. It can market targeted information for its nearly one billion users/consumers, who each stay engaged on the platform for hours each month.

  • Facebook IPO? Most Stock Jocks Say ‘No’ Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:05 AM ET
    Facebook Stock Certificate. Click image to view larger.

    Nearly two-thirds of active stock investors think Facebook is going to be overvalued when it goes public this week, according to the AP-CNBC poll.

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    The AP-CNBC poll was conducted May 3–7, 2012 and reflects the views of 1,004 people surveyed by telephone. The poll has a margin-of-error factor of plus or minus 3.9 percent. Here are the results ahead of the Facebook IPO.

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    Facebook is staring down some unnerving obstacles when it comes to key areas of monetization and growth: public distrust and display advertising apathy.

  • Facebook Raises IPO Price Range to $34-38 per Share Monday, 14 May 2012 | 8:13 PM ET

    Facebook is revising the price range for its initial public offering to $34-$38, according people familiar with matter – a significant increase versus the prior range of $28-$35.