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"Retroactive Market Conditions": Nasdaq Says Would Have Called Off FaceBook IPO If It Knew Then What It Knows Now

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First of all, let's get one thing straight: if instead of about to breach a 20-handle, the Facebook stock price was in the $60, nobody would care about anything that happened in the past 3 days, everyone would be happy and delighted, and increasing the velocity of money with the comfort that some greater fool would be willing to pay even more for ridiculous overvalued ponzi, pardon, portfolio holdings. Alas, we are not there, and as a result, the fingerpointing phase has come and gone. Now come the lawsuits, because people, led to believe in huge short-term profits, are now faced to face with a grim sur-reality in which the tooth fairy was just exposed as the cookie monster. And the latest farcical development: Nasdaq finally pulling market conditions, but not just any market conditions - retroactive ones.

As the WSJ reports: "A senior Nasdaq Stock Market official told customers Tuesday afternoon that it would have pulled the plug on Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering had it known the full extent of the technical problems that plagued its systems. On a conference call with brokers after Tuesday's close, Eric Noll, head of transaction services, said the exchange "by no means would have gone forward" with the much-watched Facebook debut if it had known problems would disrupt a "normal trading day." "In retrospect, it was incorrect," Mr. Noll said of Nasdaq's interpretation of problems." At this point every plaintif's bar attorney eyes just lit up, because what Nasdaq just admitted was liability. And every single retail investor who has lost money, which would be everyone who has bought and held as the stock closed at a fresh all time (read 2.7 day) low, will now demand that had they known what the Nasdaq pretended not to know, but now knows, they would not have put that limit $43 buy order. In the meantime, the actual stock price of Facebook will flounder as the stock becomes a whipping boy if not for investors, then for attorneys everywhere.

More from the WSJ:

Nasdaq said it can't promise customers they will be compensated for losses due to its IPO system failures.


We don't ultimately know whether everyone will get a dollar on the dollar," Mr. Noll said, saying the ultimate payouts will depend on regulatory approval and sign-off from Nasdaq's own board.


The exchange operator has been in touch with Facebook since the IPO blunder last week, according to Mr. Noll, and those conversations were "ongoing," he told brokers on the conference call.


When asked why Nasdaq hadn't tested for the high levels of order cancellations that it said drove the technical problems with Facebook's IPO opening, Mr. Noll said on the conference call that exchange officials believed they had sought to address such potential issues.

We'll give the Nasdaq one thing though: unlike everyone else in this day and age, whose primary recourse is to scapegoat, and to deflect blame, Nasdaq refused to bash that one whipping boy for all things market structure (which Zero Hedge first warned about over 3 years ago): high frequency trading.

High-frequency trading firms, known for the heavy burden they place on exchange systems, played no role in Nasdaq's problems opening up Facebook's shares for trading Friday morning, Mr. Noll said on the conference call. Most such firms do their trading after stocks open on the broader U.S. markets, Mr. Noll told member firms, and there were no signs that any were active as Nasdaq struggled to match up buy and sell orders to form the opening trade in Facebook.

Sadly, something tells us that the final outcome of this debacle will be the end of the Nasdaq which will soon be BATS'ed out of existence, but not due to faulty algos originating on the NYSE or Sigma X, but because the firm will soon be sued to liquidation.

Which a world in which virtually no retail investors are left, is probably very much overdue.

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Still why didn't Nasdaq, or Morgan Stanley, do pull a "market conditions" on Friday? Here is how we laid it out.

In retrospect, the current outcome will likely turn out even worse for investors' faith and sentiment in the farce known as the capital markets.


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Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:08 | 2452991 CaptFufflePants
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How long before FB sues MS for irreparable harm to the company name after the failed IPO?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:14 | 2453016 jekyll island
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This is from the CNBS website:  

“My best guess—and it’s just a guess at this point—is that losses similar to those claimed by that investor may total between $50 and $100 million,” said Rich Repetto, the well-known expert on trading and exchanges at Sandler O’Neill.

 Repetto, along with many other traders with first-hand or second hand experience, are among those that believe this alert could have inadvertently caused Monday’s run on the stock. The share price is still below Monday’s low.

The irony is that “the likelihood of (the investor) getting full restitution is very unlikely,” Repetto says.

The reason: Nasdaq’s liability for technical issues is limited to a mere $3 million per month. The exchange itself is pushing regulators to allow it to pay out $10 million more in this particular high-profile case.


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:17 | 2453030 jekyll island
Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:27 | 2453052 The Big Ching-aso
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WTF.  It's like the entire market's rationally unexuberant & now the Greenspans of the world want us 2 go irrationally exuberant again.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:27 | 2453065 Richard Chesler
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What's a market?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:32 | 2453074 The Big Ching-aso
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I think it's where people meet 2 buy & sell goods & services 2 one another without getting incessantly ripped off.  Oops.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:41 | 2453097 Caviar Emptor
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See it's like this: this is the WS 'mea culpa' in exchange for the entire financial crisis, mortgage and securitization debacles, and generally running the country into the ground so that a bunch of guys could do hookers and blow for the next few years aboard their yachts floating on the Mediterranean. "Please blame us for this and make us look bad so that you all people can forget the big stuff we got away with. Let us have it for this one (which will amount to nothing)" It's like pleading guilty to a lesser charge and getting away with a suspended sentence. 

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:45 | 2453108 The Big Ching-aso
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" that a bunch of guys could do hookers and blow for the next few years aboard their yachts floating on the Mediterranean." 

Ok, so what you're saying is that this is all going to a good criminal cause then.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:52 | 2453143 Caviar Emptor
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Shit yeah. I want to make sure that I live in a country where winners get to do hookers and blow for life. Even if what they do hurts the country, it's worth it because it fulfills the pure free market wet dream: fooling all of the people all of time without even using any lube. 

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:56 | 2453148 The Big Ching-aso
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It's a beautiful phucking thing man when your illegal wet dreams come true.   What a country.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:03 | 2453174 Caviar Emptor
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Faace Boook 'ha been bery bery goood to me

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:34 | 2453185 The Big Ching-aso
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Ya hit that one outta the turd world park.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:11 | 2453197 Global Hunter
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"Gona get me a shotgun and shoot all the (fill in the blanks) that I see"

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 20:01 | 2457119 StychoKiller
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My Gawd!  If  I'd only known that stawks could go down after I bought'em, I'd be hirin' me a herd o' liars.  Makes ya wonder just who

got the good prices while Morgan Stanley was proppin' up the FB tape...

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 20:03 | 2457123 StychoKiller
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This is just like the idjuts that buy Windoze OS the minute they go on sale, expecting trouble-free operation -- it don't work that way on my planet! :>D

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:42 | 2453107 rocker
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What's a WSJ and who cares what they have to say.

Nothing to do or see about this FB circus.

Maybe the public will now see what we all already know.

The Hedge Funds, the HFTs and Trading Desk at your local bank made a fortune gumming up the system.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:58 | 2453156 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Nothing but a new way to take away people's cash.

You guys will love this one:


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:05 | 2453378 Bobbyrib
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I'm not surprised.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:00 | 2453161 The Big Ching-aso
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Well on the bright side, things aren't as bad as Japan with their 'Radioactive Market Conditions'.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:34 | 2453087 Manthong
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So how is it the COMEX in not in the same trick bag after the MF debacle?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:54 | 2453145 Ident 7777 economy
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That's something we ALL want to know ...



Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:46 | 2453122 ITrustMyGut
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I actually believe this is purposful...

.. they are pushing the market towards "Irrationally unexuberant"

creative destruction! Like Greece being purposfully being thrown under the bus, then Gov chaos, to politically assume Greece...    Note HK's response in the 2nd to last paragraph...

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:22 | 2453055 SHEEPFUKKER

Oh joy, here we go.  The land of the free and the home of the eternal lawsuits.  Can't wait, banksters litigating other banksters into oblivion. 

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:39 | 2453091 vast-dom
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Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:43 | 2453489 PrinceDraxx
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I haven't ever made a recommendation here. However, for my debut recommendation, I am going to suggest shorting FB until it is at least down in the mid-teens.


I do not have any trades in place on FB and am not contemplating any trades.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:54 | 2453347 Buck Johnson
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Nasdaq is going to be sued into liquidation, big time.  Either they sue the HFT companies for screwing up their systems (if they can) or they bite the bullet and go out of business.  Also could someone tell me why did Facebook wait until 11:06 am to start trading for the stock.  I thought that many IPO's love to start at the start of business which is 9:30 am.  I think they wanted it late so that the people who bought  the stock wouldn't swamp the system with sell orders when the problems start and they start to realize the revenue and profit is two different things for the company.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:21 | 2453049 The trend is yo...
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I wonder what role the squid Goldman had in all this.  i find it hard to believe this was all Morgan Stanley's fault

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:44 | 2453111 Unprepared
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While we are at finger pointing and eye poking, weren't the technical issues a result of an avenging raid from a known NASDAQ competitor?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:49 | 2453135 francis_sawyer
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Here is some forensic video of what actually happened...

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:09 | 2452995 SilverTree
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20/20 Bitches!

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:16 | 2453022 CvlDobd
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Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:18 | 2453033 SilverTree
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Well, I tryed.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:20 | 2453042 CvlDobd
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It's bitchez, with a Z, around these parts.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:24 | 2453059 The Big Ching-aso
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Where are they gonna find enough new suckers to get this stock erect again?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:39 | 2453098 CvlDobd
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Think of all the future revenue sources, uh I mean users.


I will say FB is way overvalued here but... They need to leverage their penetration and compete with Visa, PayPal, and JP Morgan/Wells/Citi/BoA and work on payments and online banking. That is where the money could be made. Fuck click through ads. What a waste of potential revenue this company is right now.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:48 | 2453132 The Big Ching-aso
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WTF.   I thought FB was all about people connecting with other people and not connecting with their bank?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:11 | 2453198 CvlDobd
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I'm just talking about making money.

GE used to be an industrial company.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:14 | 2453211 The Big Ching-aso
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Oh.   So like FB could evolve into another giant faceless conglomerate disconnecting people from one another to make a buck.   Makes sense.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:20 | 2453234 CvlDobd
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I'm not saying it's right. I am saying that most financial firms would KILL for facebook type penetration and data to maximize the cross sell. If they are serious about maximizing shareholder value they would at least attempt to compete with Visa or PayPal.

People talk about not trusting Facebook. Is it any worse to trust Facebook with financial info than say JP Morgan? I would argue it isn't.

The market penetration could be incredibly valuable.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:12 | 2453403 CClarity
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Here's how they'll do it . . . and it's genius.  Through their authentication program.  That how you can sign into many other sites via FB now, without having to have lots of user IDs and passwords, just gotta remember FBs. Can do with Twitter and Linkin and others too.   Users doing it all the time already, so they "trust" the FB authentication process of knowing who is on board and driving actions.  Afterall, FB knows more about its user (for fraud purposes and user authentication or verification) than VISA or Mastercard or Safeway or any of those others that are merely a 16 digit number.  

If they start to use a further improved authentication process for payments . . . and they have nearly 1 Billion users/customers . . . they could be a gigantic financial machine, payment service, supermarket - many things.  This model, more than the advertising monetization, is what the believers in FB whisper about.  And, people talk of FB as a product, a service, a communication vehicle, and a community center.  Can't recall people speaking of BAC or JPM or VISA or NETFLIX or COMCAST or TARGET in similar terms.  

Yes, privacy concerns and issues remain, but FB is further ahead on this than most.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:23 | 2453433 CvlDobd
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CClarity,  you hit the nail on the head.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 22:06 | 2453706 ITrustMyGut
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wow.. Great insight! I concur with this idea as its real motive! +1

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:21 | 2453233 hack3434
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Half the users are under 25. Those that are over 25 only got there to a) Stalk old gfs/bfs b) Find an affair c) Family (least popular). Monetize that!

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:34 | 2453465 PrinceDraxx
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Actually, I'd be surprised if Facebook has half of the users they claim they do. I know a crapload of users who play games with multiple accounts. After all, you don't have to produce ID to sign up, just a user name and an email account.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:56 | 2453149 NumberNone
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Who knew the market was run by Captain Hindsight?  My hero...jump to 1 minute in the video. 


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:10 | 2453001 EscapeKey
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"We're incompetent, but really sorry".

Gee I'm sure that makes Zuckerberg's suckers feel better about the situation.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:30 | 2453076 Bollixed
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Looks like Madoff is still running the joint...

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:08 | 2453388 Bobbyrib
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They're not sorry.

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 00:33 | 2453964 Kiwi Pete
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Maybe Mr Zuckerberg will give some of the money back to his new shareholders. He seems like a nice guy.



Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:13 | 2453004 francis_sawyer
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If I knew then what I know now, I would have never let (H.R. 7837, 1913) go through either... 

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:12 | 2453006 holdbuysell
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We really are at Peak Idiocy.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:17 | 2453027 Diet Coke and F...
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Not possible as long as the human population grows

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:17 | 2453028 Overfed
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Let's hope.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:20 | 2453041 12ToothAssassin
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Unfortunately I think you are wrong on that peak call.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:28 | 2453066 francis_sawyer
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Let's examine the facts...

- Government appears to still be growing

Conclusion: We have yet to reach peak idiocy

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:31 | 2453081 The Big Ching-aso
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This market makes garage sales look like Bloomingdale's.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:14 | 2453010 cossack55
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Paper always reverts to its intrinsic value. Say what?????? Desperation breeds buffoons.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:14 | 2453013 bnbdnb
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Me thinks someone doesn't want retail in the stock market anymore.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:14 | 2453017 Rainman
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By law the brokers need to pay up to their clients. Then the brokerage needs to squeeze the exchange to get paid. This'll get interesting. Booyah...the lawyers get rich er .

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:15 | 2453019 BobPaulson
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Here the MSM is just noticing Faceplant stocks are at 31 bucks, like 2 days after the rout. So we know the KoolAid lasts 2 days, more or less.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:20 | 2453038 EscapeKey
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that's still better than expected, though.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:16 | 2453021 Diet Coke and F...
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Sued to liquidation, bitchez!

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:17 | 2453026 francis_sawyer
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"Sadly, something tells us that the final outcome of this debacle will be the end of the Nasdaq which will soon be BATS'ed out of existence"


Oh good... So does that mean that they'll just move the "Fast Money" show over to the nearest Scores Club?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:18 | 2453032 KandiRaverHipster
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rar.  the IPO syndicate got ripped off so they go to the exchange and demand a refund!

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:19 | 2453034 hedgeless_horseman
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Can one even say the phrase, "a sure thing that went south," in yiddish without using the word advokat?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:19 | 2453036 Hobbleknee
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This is pure comedy.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:45 | 2453120 Fox-Scully
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Shakespeare would have enjoyed this and put it to a play and Mozart would have done the music!

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:19 | 2453037 i love cholas
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So because the stock went down instead of up people will demand their money back. Isn't that the risk of investing? The assumption that the exchange is running according to plan is a risk.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:39 | 2453099 francis_sawyer
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If that's the case, then Bernanke ought to be listed as a co-defendant...

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:20 | 2453039 JLee2027
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Too many sellers = Technical Issues.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:46 | 2453124 Matt
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Actually, it seems the problem here was too many canceled buy orders. 

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:20 | 2453040 Politeyx
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Just goes to show; you can't tell a faceBOOK by it's cover.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:20 | 2453043 jus_lite_reading
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So valuations mean nothing?

Happy ponzi ponzi, Wall Street scoundrels!!

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:20 | 2453045 nanex
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Oh, so now there were other problems? How about the 17 full seconds of no quotes or trades for ANY U.S. stock from Nasdaq right before Facebook opens? Did someone at Nasdaq decide to reboot.. entire.. systems? Data doesn't lie:


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:28 | 2453071 ebworthen
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Skynet took over there; determined the square root of pie, the meaning of infinity, and that the insiders could sell FB at $41.50.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:41 | 2453104 francis_sawyer
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& then they divided by zero...

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:20 | 2453046 e-man
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Now that all this is behind us, I wonder if the retail investor will finally come back to...oh wait.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:21 | 2453047 ebworthen
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No doubt there is some sliver spoon trust fund baby out there who put down a $1 million dollar bet on Farcebook; but who also has another $10 million to spend on lawyers.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:21 | 2453048 chet
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Don't you need an legitimate market to have a market failure?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:21 | 2453050 devo
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This FB IPO is fascinating. Clearly they tried to sell the hype and failed. Clearly they tried to sell the hype and failed because retail is now the smart money. Bizarro world.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:09 | 2453397 Bobbyrib
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They didn't fail, the retail investor fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:22 | 2453051 Bay of Pigs
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This is your Captain speaking, abandon ship.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:36 | 2453092 The Big Ching-aso
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What ship?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 21:39 | 2453626 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"Technicians of spaceship earth, this is your captain speaking: your captain is dead."


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:22 | 2453054 i love cholas
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When a slot machine wrongly pays a jackpot the casino tells the gambler to fuck off. Nasdaq should do the same.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:22 | 2453056 bahaar
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I thought Nasdaq limited it's liability.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:31 | 2453083 TideFighter
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Apparently, it liabled its limit.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:29 | 2453072 blunderdog
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They should just cancel those trades and have a do-over.  It was only a few hundred million transactions, right?  I'm sure everyone kept their receipts.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:30 | 2453075 Divine Wind
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Our firm had previously been in talks with FB about advertising.

Just trying to get someone on the phone was a pain in the ass and took weeks.

Decided we would pass on FB and spend the dollars elsewhere.

This was months ago.

Earlier today they called my cell. I let it ring. They left no message.

I wonder what they possible could have wanted?????


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:31 | 2453079 razorthin
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Entitlement mentality crybabies, pacified by a Fed-inspired perception of no risk.  Go fukk yourselves.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:31 | 2453080 I am a Man I am...
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The large financial institutions are total fuck ups.  They get every advantage in the book, a shit ton of leverage, free money, absurd compensation, a captured government, the best lobbyists money can buy, and these dip shits are still going down the shit shoot, look at their fucking stock prices for christ sake.  Fucking hilarious.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:33 | 2453086 dark pools of soros
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there is no shame or grace in these current thieves.  I said the market will be propped up until Facebook gets its bagholders and they did and don't give a damn how they shit the bed doing it


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:46 | 2453123 walküre
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+1 for using "shame" and "grace" in the context of Wall Street

not in a trillion years

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:37 | 2453094 I should be working
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I'm gonna laugh when FB becomes a penny stock. Might happen by Friday at this rate...

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:21 | 2453429 lotsoffun
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why not?  'bastions' such as jpm and bac trade up and down 2,3,4,5% everyday like penny stocks.  why?  because they are?  nobody has any real idea what they earn. or lose. or anything.  and if they lose, then fine, bailout, everybody else sold off, so i'll grab the btfd.  so manipulated.  these are huge corporations.  where is capitalism?



Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:41 | 2453105 Plumplechook
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The fact is Faceplant was a ridiculous investment,  regardless of any initial trading problems on NASDAQ.   The stock was always going to plunge once people wised-up to the preposterous over-valuation of a faddish 'social network' that produces nothing and has no viable long-term business model.

All these early investors who are now whining should just shut-the-fuck up and eat their loses - a just reward for rampant stupidity.



Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:44 | 2453112 tawse57
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This guy is miffed that he bought FB


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:29 | 2453434 PrinceDraxx
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He'll be okay. Nasdaq will return his money as a show of good faith the overseas investors.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:44 | 2453113 Red Heeler
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Bullish gold.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:45 | 2453118 billsykes
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I don't know about penny- look at AOL's P/E, I thought everyone was off dialup, yet 85x

(all useless tech stocks)



Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:53 | 2453144 ZeroAvatar
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Zuckers:  There's (226) born every minute! (Hat Tip PT Barnum, back when we weren't living in a rat maze).

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:00 | 2453162 Dr. Engali
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Hmmmm maybe it wasn't such a good idea for the NASDAQ to fuck with the Bats IPO. Karma can be a bitch.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:00 | 2453164 Salt
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Pure popcorn. It's the added butter and salt thats dragging FB down.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:02 | 2453167 Downtoolong
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OK you caught me in a lie so I'm recalling that lie. Trust me on this, I know what I'm doing.


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:03 | 2453173 Pairadimes
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Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:26 | 2453441 samwell
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zUCKERFUCK is having his bad Karma come back into the room now.  I guess he is a "dumb fuck" along with his clueless users.  Fuckbook will be an also ran, had been within a year as the ravages of the Greatest depression take their toll on real companies advertising budgets.  

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:26 | 2453442 samwell
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zUCKERFUCK is having his bad Karma come back into the room now.  I guess he is a "dumb fuck" along with his clueless users.  Fuckbook will be an also ran, had been within a year as the ravages of the Greatest depression take their toll on real companies advertising budgets.  

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:21 | 2453235 Sutton
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FB should have used BATS.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 21:07 | 2453549 jus_lite_reading
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Hehe that is funny!! +1

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:51 | 2453335 SILVERGEDDON

If an IPO falls on it's Facebook on Wall Street, does any body hear it ? Anybody ? Is anybody out there ?                   Full blown Mexican retail SARC !

Now all your money belongs to us, buitchez !  Thank you very much, Goldman Sachs, and Friends. 

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:53 | 2453336 Dr. No
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What do technical problems have to do with no one wanting the buy the stock?  They are trying to blame exhanges for crappy stock price.  God forbid some one actually acknowledge the stock is a pooch.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:54 | 2453341 Chippewa Partners
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So did you buy Facebook at $39.0004 or $39.00055?  

Go ahead, ask your algo.  And get a time and tape on that.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:07 | 2453386 Westcoastliberal
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All you need to know about Facebook is how do they actually make money.  Answer: Ads and game upgrades (which may only be commissions), I haven't read their SEC stuff.  But just knowing that was enough to keep me away.  Is FB really worth more than McDonalds (a cash machine if there ever was one).  C'mon!

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:16 | 2453413 lotsoffun
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hopefully -nasdaq will keep outsourcing their technology resources to india because it is CHEAP.  and they will keep testing their 'systems' to be fully capable of handling any order flow.  nice job india.  worth every penny we saved.


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:18 | 2453421 lotsoffun
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oh..  i forgot.  and thanks nasdaq for the h1b visas also - because if americans can't outsource, might as well bring an indian here and do it cheaper.


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:13 | 2453406 John Law Lives
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"First of all, let's get one thing straight: if instead of about to breach a 20-handle, the Facebook stock price was in the $60, nobody would care about anything that happened in the past 3 days, everyone would be happy and delighted, and increasing the velocity of money with the comfort that some greater fool would be willing to pay even more for ridiculous overvalued ponzi, pardon, portfolio holdings."  -  ZH

This one sentence should qualify this article for a Pulitzer Prize... and this sentence is goddam right on the money.  Nobody would give a damn about any such "shenanigans" if the stock price of FB had soared.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:18 | 2453422 blindman
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Ronnie Lane - Ooh la la (live @ BBC 1974)
but, can you deal with this?
a moment of truth , in and out, of time
and the face iz " book " ////
Ooh La La - The Faces

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 20:28 | 2453448 FinalCollapse
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Have they (Nasdaq) heard about the testing???

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 21:24 | 2453559 blindman
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Ooh La La - The Faces (Without A Paddle Soundtrack)

Lyrics: r. lane

Poor old Granddad, I laughed at all his words
I thought he was a bitter man
he spoke of women's ways
he said they'll trap you then they use you
before you even know
for love is blind and you're far to kind
don't ever let it show

oh I wish that I knew what I know now
when I was younger
I wish that I knew what I know now
when I was stronger

the can-can such a pretty show
will steal your heart away
but backstage back on earth again
the dressing rooms are gray
they come on strong and it ain't too long
for they make you feel a man
but love is blind and you soon will find
you're just a boy again


when you want her lips, you get her cheek
makes you wonder where you are
if you want some more then she's fast asleep
leaves you twinkling with the stars
poor young grandson there's nothing I can say
you'll have to learn, just like me
and that's the hardest way

ooh la la
ooh la la, la la, yeah

I wish that I knew what I know now
when I was younger
I wish that I knew what I know now
when I was stronger
Ron Wood - Ooh La La - 2004

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 21:17 | 2453579 geewhiz190
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the IPO should be busted and all trades cancelled.  the money should be returned to the buyers.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 22:42 | 2453776 epwpixieq-1
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"You do not understand American jokes." is what Edison told Tesla, when Tesla asked for the $50,000, Edison promised him for improving efficiency of the hopelessly inefficient DC generators.

I guess, the retail investors do not understand American jokes: "Take the money and RUN".


Tue, 05/22/2012 - 21:40 | 2453630 blindman
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Confessions of a Tooth Fairy

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 22:09 | 2453711 robertocarlos
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Never say you're sorry, unless you are in Canada.

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 22:38 | 2453770 bugs_
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Why call Captain Hindsight when superior retrospect can be had from Princess Hindsight!

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 00:35 | 2453966 JGambolputty
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Face(book) it, anyone who gives their money over to a 28 year old kid so he can exercise complete control over a $100 bn enterprise deserves to lose it.   

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 05:36 | 2454208 TrainWreck1
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Zuckerbag will work tirelessly to make this up to all who placed their trust in his company*




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