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Facebook IPO Prices At $38/Share

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Finally, we can move on:

  • FACEBOOK SAYS 421.2 MLN SHARES PRICED AT $38-SHR

Now, all that Facebook needs are those elusive +/-25 billion users to "grow" into its "valuation." We only have four outstanding questions:

  1. What is Ben Bernanke's IPO allocation?
  2. Does the CIA use tax or cost basis accounting?
  3. When do the puts start trading?
  4. What is the fair value of Like relative to intrinsics and is Bruno Iksil long or short it?

Finally, from the inimmitable Andy Borowitz:

A Letter from Mark Zuckerberg

About Facebook’s IPO

MENLO PARK, CA (The Borowitz Report) – On the eve of Facebook’s IPO, Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg published the following letter to potential investors:

Dear Potential Investor:

For years, you’ve wasted your time on Facebook.  Now here’s your chance to waste your money on it, too.

Tomorrow is Facebook’s IPO, and I know what some of you are thinking.  How will Facebook be any different from the dot-com bubble of the early 2000’s?

For one thing, those bad dot-com stocks were all speculation and hype, and weren’t based on real businesses.  Facebook, on the other hand, is based on a solid foundation of angry birds and imaginary sheep.

Second, Facebook is the most successful social network in the world, enabling millions to share information of no interest with people they barely know.

Third, every time someone clicks on a Facebook ad, Facebook makes money.  And while no one has ever done this on purpose, millions have done it by mistake while drunk.  We totally stole this idea from iTunes.

Finally, if you invest in Facebook, you’ll be far from alone.  As a result of using Facebook for the past few years, over 900 million people in the world have suffered mild to moderate brain damage, impairing their ability to make reasoned judgments.  These will be your fellow Facebook investors.

With your help, if all goes as planned tomorrow, Facebook’s IPO will net $100 billion.  To put that number in context, it would take JP Morgan four or five trades to lose that much money.

One last thing: what will, I, Mark Zuckerberg, do with the $18 billion I’m expected to earn from Facebook’s IPO?  Well, I’m considering buying Greece, but that would still leave me with $18 billion.  LOL.

Friend me,

Mark

 

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Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:13 | 2437043 in4mayshun
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Someone is going to become rich shorting this POS.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:17 | 2437076 vast-dom
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FuckBook will shit fan at $31 close tomorrow -- yes i am calling this turd!

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:20 | 2437096 Ahmeexnal
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Facebook IPO??? more like..failbook IPO

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:25 | 2437123 vast-dom
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FACEBOOK, CREATED BY DOUCHEBAGS FOR DOUCHEBAGS, EXCLUSIVELY.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:44 | 2437232 HeNateMe
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Zerohedge Comments, created by Tyler Durden for Douchebags who make categorical Douchebaggy statements.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:53 | 2437262 MillionDollarBonus_
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My first price target is $100, followed by $200 shortly after. Buy while you can as this buying window will NOT last for long. FB is going to be the next AAPL, but not everybody will be smart enough to buy now while it's still cheap.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:56 | 2437286 CharlieSDT
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Last year Facebook had $3.8 billion in revenue, not profit, just revenue. We don’t know how profitable Facebook is because it’s a private company. Let’s say Facebook’s executive team is absolutely stellar and they have even better margins than Google with 27.5% (Google achieved 25.7% profit margin in 2011). That would mean they earned $1.045 billion in profit which would imply a P/E ratio of 95.7 and a return of only a little over 1% on your investment.  That's a pretty bad investment which does not begin to keep pace with inflation.

 

But of course on Friday, there will be a mass IPO hysteria and all sorts of retards will bid the stock up to ridiculous levels, and yes, Facebook will reach and probably exceed that 100 billion valuation. Then I will wait impatiently for a week or two for people to write some puts. On a long enough timeline, I guarantee you, Facebook is a losing investment and I can’t wait to take the other side of that bet.

 

http://www.singledudetravel.com/2012/05/why-facebook-isnt-worth-100-bill...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:59 | 2437296 Dr. Richard Head
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P/E ratios?  What do you think this is?  A real market?  pfssst

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:01 | 2437303 TheFourthStooge-ing
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pets.com

 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:35 | 2437327 AlaricBalth
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Options start trading May 29. Plenty of time to raise cash for the Put of your life. Hopefully it trades LEAPS. I figure the July 2014 35's puts will be well in the money by then.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:13 | 2437776 smlbizman
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add all the hype of all the superbowls up and it still would not add up to how much this thing has been hyped...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 20:25 | 2437942 hedgeless_horseman
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5.  When does the lock-up period end?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 23:48 | 2438328 The Big Ching-aso
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The last sucker, I mean investor, who buys this from a really really bright seller please turn off the IPad.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:59 | 2437563 tallen
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Cramer: Facebook Could Hit $70 On First Day

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47452321

For shits and giggles.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 18:53 | 2437711 The Big Ching-aso
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I bet if they ever do a Faceporn IPO they'd make some really obscene profits.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:04 | 2437751 Stuck on Zero
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At this point we need some Chinese accounting firm to do an analysis of Facebook and publicly announce the company is only worth $4 a share.  Why not?  We do it to their IPOs.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 23:47 | 2438421 The Big Ching-aso
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Initial Public Offaling?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 20:52 | 2437987 Blizzard_Esq
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1. Facebook took $3.7 billion in revenue last year and producing $668 million in net profit off that income

 2. 44 percent of Facebook’s revenue last year (or about $1.63 billion) came from outside the United States

3. Facebook's revenue per  USA user (157 million users) is about $13.37 in 2011. 

4. Facebook's revenue per Foreign user (733 million users) is about $2.21 in 2011. 

5. Facebook's PROFIT per user in total per year is about $0.75. 

6. Google produced an estimated $24 per user in 2011.

7. = Facebook has a long way to go in foreign markets and even if they reach parity with US market users they are not going to be make a lot of money.....tops is nowhere near the Apple and Google horde. 

 

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 06:29 | 2438846 BorisSDT
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Where did you get these numbers?

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 13:36 | 2440780 Blizzard_Esq
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Most of it came from: 

http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/inside-facebook-what-sec-documents-reveal-about-the-social-networking-monolith/ which itself cites the SEC S-1 Document Facebook filed. 

FACEBOOK REGISTRATION STATEMENT:

1. Page 50: the profit per user in USA vs foreign was just extrapolating the revenue and dividing by user counts.

"In 2011, we generated approximately 56% of our revenue from advertisers and Platform developers based in the United States" -- Ergo 44% overseas.

The Prospectus Summary states: "We had 845 million MAUs as of December 31, 2011"

Recently Google's DoubleClick estimates 890 million users.

 

Sun, 05/20/2012 - 12:00 | 2445149 BorisSDT
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Great thanks.  So how did they get from $677 million there to the $1 billion net income for 2011 they're now claiming?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 21:37 | 2438102 Buck Johnson
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What I hate the most is the fact that CNBC was pumping this stock all day let alone all week.  This is outrageous, they didn't put that much power into other stocks.  I feel a 31 dollar a share day.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 23:22 | 2438365 Problem Is
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If you have not figured out by now CNBC is full of fiucktards, liars and propagandists and shut the fucking TeeVee off...

I can't help you...

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 01:40 | 2438645 pq7
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"$1 billion was Facebook’s net income (read: profit) in 2011. This is pretty solid given growth from previous years: $229 million in 2009 and $606 million in 2010."

 

source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/facebook-ipo-final-numbers/13257

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:07 | 2437330 jus_lite_reading
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My first price target is $2000, followed by $3000 shortly after...

Oooops. Sorry, I was talking about gold...

All I will say about Farcebook is... compare GOOGLE's valuation and revenues and then look at Farcebook...

Like Tyler said, unless every man woman in child in India, China, Africa, Mars and Jupiter start "signing up" this price is absurd as LNKD, JCP, NFLX and YELP's business models...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:04 | 2437750 Matt
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I just think the 99X P/E is a bit rich. The company itself is actually making profits; with Dot Com there were companies that didn't even have revenues, let alone profits, going for IPO. I am sure it will settle down to a much lower share price within a few months, barring the requested $4 trillion QE3.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:25 | 2437368 ebworthen
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MillionDollarBonus said:

"FB is going to be the next AAPL"

Reminders:

MySpace

AOL

Netscape

HP

Compaq

Enron

...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:16 | 2437787 The Alarmist
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Does GM also fit in with this rogues gallery?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 21:22 | 2438056 Spastica Rex
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I think they're big in China.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 23:56 | 2438438 James-Morrison
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I've traded AAPL after I owned a few apple products.

I've traded GOOG and I use it daily. 

I don't use Facebook.   I kicked the tires but it seems like a MIP burner to me.  I'll pass...

 

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 19:34 | 2464022 exartizo
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Ummm... you look a little bit like Jamie Dimon on steroids (or crack).

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:59 | 2437298 IMA5U
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learn to use it

 

douchebagz get laid

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:26 | 2437130 in4mayshun
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Dividends will be paid in "Likes" and "friend requests."

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:28 | 2437137 derek_vineyard
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somehow i get spam from a company called 'fuckbook'  (only spam i look at)

when's their IPO?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:35 | 2437184 in4mayshun
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Now those friend requests would be worth something...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:47 | 2437240 Dr. Richard Head
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I would buy into the redtube or youporn ipo in a heartbeat.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:40 | 2437478 sgt_doom
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/190650/narus_develops_a_scary_sleuth_for_social_media.html

Narus is developing a new technology that sleuths through billions of pieces of data on social networks and Internet services and connects the dots.

The new program, code-named Hone, is designed to give intelligence and law enforcement agencies a leg up on criminals who are now operating anonymously on the Internet.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/tag/narus/

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=339793017605

http://internetsgovernance.blogspot.com/2011/02/egypt-crisis-egypt-is-burning-and.html

http://ccicada.rutgers.edu/Workshops/ResearchRetreat/2010.03/Bhagat_hone-mar8.pdf

 

 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 18:24 | 2437646 B-rock
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What kind of beat?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:18 | 2437352 LouisDega
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Don't feel bad. I get spam for Ron Jeremys patented peter pumper 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:47 | 2437241 _ConanTheLibert...
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Hey, you're Dutch right? Then you'll remember World Online which was also around the stock market top.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:11 | 2437772 Manthong
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And tulips might be a fitting analog.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:25 | 2437126 ZeroPower
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Not before hitting $60 at least.

It'll finally open for secondary trading at $40+, then will explode higher based on shitty retail orders.

Revisit this post tomorrow, just watch. The big boys are supporting this to no-end and will be scooping up shares the second it gets close to the offered price..

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:28 | 2437136 onelight
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I guess that means the markets find a bottom tomorrow...thank God for fundamentals 

/sarc

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 01:15 | 2464598 ska11153
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good call

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:25 | 2437128 homersimpson
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Put me down for $25, and low as $19. 421 million shares? $25/share still puts them at a valuation close to $100 billion if they sell all 421 shares (which they won't at $38).

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:29 | 2437146 Seize Mars
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Oh it's shit alright. Like BATS - shit.

I give it 100 milliseconds beofre it hits actual zero.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:26 | 2437821 CClarity
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An awful lot of you don't get it.  FB is neither a fad nor a joke.  It is destructing social and the genie is out of the bottle.  But, you'll see for yourselves soon enough.  If you're not using it regularly you just won't get it.  GM's problem.  Ford doesn't have the same problem.  The point is targeting via data aggregation, not pablum adverts for any 'ol eyeballs.

Discussion to be continued.

 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:30 | 2437154 derek_vineyard
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vast--fuck book is a name already taken by another company

google it

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:17 | 2437079 ACP
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Depends on whether or not they get a multi-billion dollar contract with the NSA...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:44 | 2437221 onelight
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well, it seems like they ARE a multi-billion dollar contract with the NSA...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:47 | 2437507 RECISION
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  1. Does the CIA use tax or cost basis accounting?

Loved that line...

Shit, who needs Iran-Contra to fund Black-Ops.

 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:18 | 2437091 ihedgemyhedges
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Goldman already did by selling $1B worth today...................but just wait until "research" is allowed to rate it.

WE COMMENCE FACEBOOK COVERAGE WITH A CONVICTION BUY RATING.................

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:29 | 2437145 onelight
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I wonder if, one of these days, they will commence the day with an actual conviction...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:09 | 2437337 citta vritti
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indictments first, please. this is a civilized country with a rule of law

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:58 | 2437293 Waterfallsparkles
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If it was going to be such a successful IPO then why did Goldman Sell 1 Billion worth of the stock?  The are not usually stupid. 

Plus, with 24 - 7 coverage by CNBC to create hype.  Something stinks.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:23 | 2437115 onelight
Fri, 05/18/2012 - 00:54 | 2438562 mkhs
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Is that the one printed above?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:34 | 2437176 bdc63
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I am so fucking sick of hearing about this Facebook IPO.  Somebody make it stop ...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:50 | 2437265 Waterfallsparkles
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They are using it to hold the Market and Tech up for many Institutions to sell. 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:51 | 2437529 RECISION
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Only works if the "retail" investor buys in.

Be interesting to see just how dumb the dumb money is these days, or if it is starting to wise up.

Might just end up being a bunch of algo's playing with themselves...

Wouldn't that be nice.  :-)

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:23 | 2437407 MrBoompi
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Exactly. What is a couple of servers in a shithole strip mall in Cali worth these days? If I could I would short the hell out of this stock two days going public. What a bunch of suckers.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:13 | 2437779 Matt
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Actually I think it's a $750 million data center in Norway located near a hydro dam. Maybe they'll use some of the IPO cash to acquire the hydro dam, so they don't have to pay for the electricity at all. 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:45 | 2437502 hornster
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Everyone wants to short this.  Seller beware.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:55 | 2437549 slaughterer
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You guys should be selling all of your gold to buy FB shares with market orders at open tomorrow! 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 18:46 | 2437698 asteroids
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Will FB do a BATS? That would be cool.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:34 | 2437843 Offtheradar
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FUCK Facebook!  At least you can hold an Apple product.  Google to find porn. WTF can Facebook do for me?  Enough said. 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 21:41 | 2438117 piceridu
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Two words: Muddy Waters

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 04:32 | 2438793 yawdam23
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Facebook will be the final slaughter of the Mass's wealth. 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:13 | 2437047 UTICA CLUB XX PURE
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"LIKE"

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:13 | 2437051 RaymondKHessel
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25 billion users ? From where, Mars ?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:17 | 2437075 ParaZite
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When you say something Facebook doesn't like, or post pictures of hot / nude women... or you are a part of "anonymous" they cancel your account. 

I know people with like 20 back up accounts set up.  Just saying, it looks good on paper... and as long as fools will part with their fiat for ipo paper... who really cares? :)

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:42 | 2437851 SRVDisciple
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Wait. I can get them to cancel my account by posting pics of nude women? COOL! I've been trying to get my account deleted for months.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:18 | 2437086 vast-dom
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From out of Barnank's ass and/or helicopter and the CIA's victims that are dead but will have their SS #'s brought back to life to flaot this turd......

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:52 | 2437270 _ConanTheLibert...
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probably lemmings...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:14 | 2437052 Christoph830
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How many shares did Mossad get?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:16 | 2437069 onelight
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yeah it's easy to see why so many want their lives to be memorialized in the CIA Factbook, er, Facebook..."b-b-but they said we'd be famous..."

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:14 | 2437053 YesWeKahn
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Now we understood, people sold crap to buy another junk.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:14 | 2437056 SheepDog-One
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I dont think they can find enough muppets.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:30 | 2437152 WoodMizer
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What if the Etrade babies are feeling sneaky and looking to short tomorrow?

If the greater fools wise up this game is over.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:14 | 2437057 babylon15
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In your face, HFT.  Why sell 99.999995 cents for a dollar when you can sell 0.000005 cents for $38!

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:14 | 2437058 YesWeKahn
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400 million shares? Bruno, you'd better run.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:15 | 2437060 Death and Gravity
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Short that shit.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:15 | 2437061 ParaZite
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38 bucks for failbook. 

I haven't spent a single penny using facebook.

I used adblock and ghostery, so the ad's are pretty much nonexistent for me.

How can they make money when their advertisers are pulling out like GI's in Bangcock when they realize that's NOT a girl they hooked up with?

Just curious...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:41 | 2437215 Long-John-Silver
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I still remember the the Master Chief's class on how to determine gender by looking at the face and neck before we pulled into any Asian port and Hawaii.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:07 | 2437329 RichardENixon
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How about looking at the dick, did that help?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:11 | 2437353 ebworthen
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He did say "look at the face and neck".

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 19:05 | 2437754 TwelfthVulture
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“You know what the trouble is Brucie?  We used to make shit in this country, build shit.  Now, we just put our hand in the next guy’s pocket.”  -- Frank Sobotka

 

For comparison:

Alcoa has a $9 billion market cap, 1 billion shares outstanding, with $6 billion in quarterly revenues, consistently.  It closed today at $8.5 and pays a 3 cent quarterly dividend.  They make tangible product.

Facebook has a $100 billion market cap, 3 billion shares outstanding, with $4 billion in revenue, last year.  It will IPO tomorrow at $38.  It has one billion active users.

Every single person on the planet breathes air.  It is free.  No company has yet been able to monetize its use.

Every single person in the industrialized Western world uses aluminum.  See above.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:15 | 2437063 xtop23
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Lot of new millionaires going to be created shorting this to be sent into exile when they leave the country to flee the taxation of their new found wealth.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:15 | 2437064 homersimpson
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Ticker name = ROBD.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:16 | 2437068 CharliePrince
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welcome facebook plenty of interest after today

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:17 | 2437077 Dr. Engali
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So after a years worth of pumping this  Facebook crap then what? Market collapse as there is nothing to look forward to?  

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:34 | 2437178 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Buy some FAZ calls....

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:17 | 2437080 midgetrannyporn
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Fools.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:17 | 2437082 CashCowEquity
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38.00 to 60.00

back down to 25.00

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:24 | 2437120 ParaZite
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Ride that first day of trade then I guess, cash cow. 

Plenty of fools will rush in... there used to be a saying about that. I think even old Buffet said something about when the market was greedy to be cautious. Lots of people are going to lose their stock market cherries tomorrow. I have a feeling it will be a bloody mess, when all is said and done. 

Anyone care for some Groupon or Linkdin stock? :P 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:30 | 2437127 ACP
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Hit it & quit it.

Or maybe, like it & spike it.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:31 | 2437159 SemperFord
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Exactly, this bitch is going to go up, then go down, then up again, then down...move steady with in a range and die IMHO

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:57 | 2437291 wandstrasse
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so... STFH, short the fucking hike...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:18 | 2437088 navy62802
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So what about that Spanish bank downgrade that was supposed to happen???

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:19 | 2437095 Id fight Gandhi
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Doesn't hoodie boy control 57% no matter what? Pfft. Fuck that.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:20 | 2437106 digitlman
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exactly

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 20:20 | 2437931 Blizzard_Esq
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Yeah, random $1 billion purchase of Instagram without consulting anyone. Talk about due diligence....

Suckerberg thinking "Hmmm Instagram is mobile with 30 million users... I have nearly 900 million users, they might not use facebook..." I need to get them.... What should I offer? Hmm Goldman Saches values us near 20, no 50, err 100 bazillion dollars. I think 1% for a mobile app will do. I'll offer $1  bazillion, I hope they take it...."

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 18:57 | 2442214 lactam
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18% but who's counting?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:19 | 2437097 carbonmutant
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Is the NBG long FB?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:19 | 2437100 q99x2
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Can you believe the CNBC spin. They have altered their homepage just to hype FB. What a bunch of cheap ass punks that'd sell their grandmother for a nickel.

"he much-hyped Facebook IPO priced at the high end of expectations, setting the stage for what is expected to be a history-making day on Wall Street."

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:30 | 2437156 surf0766
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Diversion to get the sheep to not realize how many down days we have had in the past 3 weeks.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 18:38 | 2437677 Bunga Bunga
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Looks like CNBC is getting paid by Wall St per word. On their front page I can count the F-word 30 times.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:20 | 2437105 KandiRaverHipster
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my computer cd-rom just opened up...and there was a $100 dollar bill waiting for me!

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:43 | 2437228 Long-John-Silver
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I find them in the printer.........

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:09 | 2437341 ebworthen
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Was there an AOL disk in it?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:15 | 2437377 Id fight Gandhi
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100 free hours!

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:51 | 2437519 Freddie
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It is The Ben Bernank fiat so it is ****ing worthless.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:22 | 2437111 mr1963
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The only thing you need to know about this is 57% of the offering is from existing shareholders. Can you say "wealth transfer?"

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:23 | 2437116 Let The Wurlitz...
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Bernankes take will be nothing compared to that ho nancy pelosi's.

 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:24 | 2437118 drink or die
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If we all do our patriotic duty of creating 100 facebook accounts per citizen, we can save the economy and create high paying jobs.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:25 | 2437122 dbTX
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Bubblebook

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:26 | 2437131 I am a Man I am...
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The greatest pump and dump since GM, which was not so long ago, just where you want to be, on the other side of the trade from Goldman Sachs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Peter Thiel.  Stupidity is infinite, come hither lemmings.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:28 | 2437134 Mark123
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I am glad that the ususal gang will get rich on this hyped IPO.  They really deserve it after all.

 

Meanwhile, the rest of America is getting crushed under the weight of unliimited debt for all.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:29 | 2437142 VonSalza
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Facebook CDS priced at?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:29 | 2437147 Beam Me Up Scotty
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I'd love to see Suckerberg with his famous hoodie on living in a cardboard box someday.  That prick is selling everyones privacy for his own personal gain.  He can eat shit and die for all I care.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:30 | 2437150 GrinandBearit
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I would love to see this IPO do badly so I can see the Hoodieboy cry for his mommy.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:53 | 2437274 mr1963
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What, with $15bil in the bank? You think he's going to be living in her basement?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:23 | 2437408 GrinandBearit
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No, but it would still be fun to see the stock tank.  It makes me puke when I see Hoodieboy's picture on almost every financial website I frequent.  

FB is a fad just like MySpace.  It appeals mostly to teenage girls and homosexual men. 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:31 | 2437160 DavidJ
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With a major recession coming, what else will people have to do but spend time on Facebook?   BULLISH!  

 

 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:08 | 2437335 ebworthen
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Please like my cardboard box; it is on a nice corner and I cut out a little window I can pee out of.

Mind if I borrow your car DC outlet for an hour or two to charge my iPad?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:34 | 2437161 Waterfallsparkles
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I think privacy laws will kill the stock.  If Facebook is not able to share individuals information it will be a death nell.  That is why Goldman and others hurried the Ipo and are cashing out of their position.

Also, a lot of people closed down their account because of spying.  When people realized that the IRS, Divorse Attorneys, Employers, ect. could see their page, they  do not want anything to do with it.

And now facial recognition technology using Facebook to profile people.  Not good.

Plus, you know there is trouble when they offed 25% to Retail.  If they really thought it would be successfull they would not share it with Retail Buyers.  So, as they say when Retail gets in is it the top?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:49 | 2437255 Winston Churchill
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Yeah.

I think the underwriters are shitting bricks right now.

Are they going to be able to flip those Flopbook shares

before it all comes down ?

Who to,Algos ?

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 02:53 | 2438737 veyron
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phrase is death knell  <-- note the K

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:31 | 2437166 surf0766
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What members of congress have been give inside track on this IPO?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:32 | 2437168 Milton Waddams
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This is a hail mary pass by the street in an effort to get retail excited (greed/jealousy-driven) about equities again.  As such I expect them to do everything in their power (within the spirit of regulations and laws or otherwise) to keep this thing moving higher and higher.

Neighbor A (drooling jealously at Neighbor B's new car):  Hey, when did'ya get that beauty?

Neighbor B:  Picked it up last week; I made some decent money in the market and thought I should reward myself.

A:  REALLY?!?  I swore off the market after 2009.  What did you play???

B:  My broker got me a piece of the Facebook IPO, I did quite well.

A:  (clenches fists as a rush of greed and jealously begins to overcome him) Nice!  I..I.. I heard about that on the news.  Who's your broker?  Anything else coming down the pipe worth playing?

B: Well, there is this upcoming IPO that he says should...

A: Gimme his number, I want in!!!

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:32 | 2437170 Frastric
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"Now here’s your chance to waste your money on it, too."

Yeah careful what you say Mark; money will be wasted by all those investors when Facebook goes below the initial 38$ share price and stays like that for a looooong time...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:38 | 2437209 Bullish Bear
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FB price guide:

Today - $38

At tomorrow's close - $50

One week - Grouponed

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:41 | 2437211 Waterfallsparkles
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I do not like a 28 year old going on Buying sprees without even checking with the Board.  Like his recent purchase for a couple of Billion.  With his new wealth he could start to feel like he can do no wrong and make bad purchases and end up Bankrupting the Company.  Anyone remember AOL?

I do not think he is mature enough to be running that size Company alone with just his say so.  Remember all shares do not have voting power.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:41 | 2437216 Bam_Man
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When they finish the "pump & dump" on this pig, it may very well mark the end of an era - which incidentally began with the Netscape IPO in 1995. Any of you out there old enough to remember that one? It marked the beginning of "irrational exuberance", as someone called it.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:43 | 2437224 Seasmoke
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i am getting down on one share @ $38 and then moving out of the country

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:43 | 2437226 SmoothCoolSmoke
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No FB puts.  But,  what would be good puts to play tomorrow that would mirror FB's all day slide (IMO).  ZNGA?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:43 | 2437229 U6 Alabamian
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So I guess this will make Mark Zuckerberg the richest CIA asset in history.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:30 | 2437432 AlaricBalth
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That would still be Bill Gates. MS DOS coding records in perpetuity every keystroke you ever made with a time/date stamp attached.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:45 | 2437235 Long-John-Silver
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What happens if they don't sell all the shares?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:05 | 2437321 Mark123
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Life as we know it ends.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:16 | 2437269 ebworthen
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I want $38 for every visit to my Farcebook page; why not?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:53 | 2437276 Badabing
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  • FACEBOOK SAYS 421.2 MLN SHARES PRICED AT $38-SHR

Now, all that Facebook needs are those elusive +/-25 billion users thats $64 a user now pay up.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:53 | 2437277 walküre
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Lots of people are hurting. Emphasizing how a 28 y/o can generate 18 billion cash in his short life time on a popular web based meeting place is mind boggling to most and very frustrating to many.

There will be envy and fury coming down the pike. Just out of spite, I can see alot of angry real people closing their real accounts and swearing to never touch anything related to FB again. Everyone knows FB is robbing them of good quality time with friends and family and now they're learning that their time wasting is making one 28 y/o (and many others) ultra filthy rich?

Zuckerberg's new wealth and FB IPO could be the spark that lights the fuse.

FUCK ZUCK

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 18:44 | 2437693 Larry Dallas
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Playing devil's advocate here on walkure's post. Yes, many people are hurting. But its their apathy that led to this monster being created.

if they weren't on it, it wouldn't be worth as much.

Sun, 05/20/2012 - 12:19 | 2445176 BorisSDT
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lol

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:54 | 2437281 gatorontheloose
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Facebook IPO brings us another 6 months worth of hilarious ZH zingers.  FightBook!  

What is the fair value of Like relative to intrinsics  

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:56 | 2437289 Mark123
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I think FB should be priced at $1,000,000,000,000 per share.  $38 is for pussies.

 

Zimbabwe baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:59 | 2437297 virgilcaine
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What's the symbol on this turd?

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:19 | 2437397 ebworthen
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"FB"

But "TURD" would work too...

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