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Facebook: Zuckerberg Won't Sell Shares for a Year

Firm moves to protect share price as it hits new low

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is a much poorer billionaire than he was a few months ago, but he won't be joining the early investors selling off their Facebook shares. Those shares hit a new low of $17.73 yesterday, and the company took steps to assure investors that the slide will... More »

Key Groupon Investors Ditch the Troubled Stock

Critics say big pre-IPO investments overvalued the company

(Newser) - With Groupon having lost three-quarters of its IPO value, several of its key early investors, including web icon Marc Andreessen, have left the building, reports the Wall Street Journal . Andreessen's firm, Andreessen Horowitz, invested $40 million of the $950 million pumped into Groupon in the months before it went... More »

Morgan Stanley CEO Defends Facebook IPO

Give the stock some time, he says

(Newser) - Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman didn't feel the need to make any apologies in his first public comments since Facebook's IPO disaster. Gorman, speaking to CNBC , defended his bank's role as chief underwriter on the deal. "There are lot of opinions," he said of the... More »

Facebook Backers Helped Short Sellers

Morgan Stanley adjusting thousands of first-day trades

(Newser) - Some traders at the underwriters of Facebook's bungled IPO were busy aiding short sellers who bet the stock would drop in the days after its debut, the Wall Street Journal finds. Insiders say traders at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs were loaning out the shares hedge funds needed to bet... More »

Insiders Warned on Facebook IPO, Regulators Launch Investigation

Only big investors were tipped off to revised revenue forecast

(Newser) - Facebook's IPO is looking more disastrous by the day. Regulators are now probing reports that underwriter Morgan Stanley and other banks cut their revenue forecasts for the company just days before the IPO—but only advised major clients of the change. Insiders believe the revised forecast, which smaller investors... More »

Groupon Stock Hike Probed

Trading spikes ahead of release of strong results

(Newser) - Did Groupon insiders try for a daily deal of their own? A Wall Street regulator is probing some fishy trading activity in the hours before the company released stronger-than-expected financial results earlier this week, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Shares in the company—which had fallen more than 50%... More »

Brokerages Stop Taking Facebook IPO Orders

Buying, selling frenzy expected tomorrow

(Newser) - Several brokerages have told clients that it's now too late to order Facebook shares ahead of the expected stampede when the stock goes public tomorrow. Morgan Stanley—one of the 33 underwriters of the huge IPO—is among those that have stopped accepting new orders, sources tell Reuters . Its... More »

Facebook Expands IPO, Could Raise $16B

Stock offering may become third largest in US history

(Newser) - Facebook's behemoth of an IPO is getting even bigger. After raising its price range , the company has now decided to expand the size of the stock offering by 25% to 422 million shares, sources tell Reuters . The IPO could now raise as much as $16 billion—dwarfing Google's... More »

Groupon Shares Surge After First Profit

Coupon site says it has boosted revenue, slashed costs

(Newser) - Groupon is starting to look like a good buy for investors again. The daily deals company's shares surged 18% yesterday, and climbed further in after-hours trading after it recorded its first-ever quarterly profit, excluding a one-off charge for tax expenses, reports Reuters . Revenue leaped 89% from a year earlier... More »

Yelp Shares Jump 62% in IPO

Review site goes public

(Newser) - Yelp shares hit the stock market today and soared, despite mixed reviews of the consumer review website's long-term prospects. The initial public offering of 7.1 million shares had been priced at $15 a share, which was above the target range of $12 to $14 it set last month;... More »

Groupon Posts $42.8M Loss

First results since IPO disappoint investors

(Newser) - Groupon's first earnings release as a public company may leave those who flocked to buy shares after its IPO with buyer's remorse. The daily deals site posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $42.7 million, sending its shares tumbling 13% and surprising analysts who had predicted a modest... More »

Facebook Edges Closer to Going Public

It revamps stock but says it has no IPO plans 'at this time'

(Newser) - Facebook revamped its stock structure today in a move sure to heat up speculation that it's going public. The company will have two classes of shares, A and B, reports the Wall Street Journal . Everyone currently on board will hold B shares, with 10 times the voting power of A... More »

Stocks Mixed; Dow Off 34

Tech a bright spot amid gloom over slow recovery

(Newser) - Stocks ended mixed today as worries over the continued effects of the recession trumped data showing improved consumer sentiment and personal income, the Wall Street Journal reports. Tech stocks did the best, making the Nasdaq the only index to finish in the green. The Dow fell 34.01 points to... More »

Dow Off 23 on Fed Rate News

(Newser) - Markets were mixed today as positive economic indicators and surging tech stocks battled with a Fed announcement that interest rates would be held near zero, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow lost early momentum, but the Nasdaq flourished. “We’ve basically come through a panic phase,” an... More »

Energy, Tech Climb; Dow Up 39

Investors take grim jobs report in stride

(Newser) - Stocks closed with small gains after spending the day mostly in the red on the news of a 25-year high in unemployment, the Wall Street Journal reports. Anticipating governments’ stimulus plans will increase fuel demand globally, investors put their money into energy stocks. Tech also performed well after a strong... More »

On Mixed News, Modest Gains

Crude falls, durable goods rise, but foreclosures also climb

(Newser) - The Dow and S&P 500 seesawed to minor gains today amid mixed economic reports, MarketWatch reports. The Dow rose 21.41 to 11,370.69, the S&P 500 5.22 to 1,257.76. Bolstered by the relative insulation from the economic slump enjoyed by tech stocks , the... More »

Mixed Note Caps Big Week

Dow sees modest gains, Nasdaq loses; all indices post weekly gains

(Newser) - The markets were mixed today as poor results across the tech sector and from Merrill Lynch put the brakes on a two-day rally, MarketWatch reports. Good news from Citigroup kept the Dow buoyant, and it closed up 49.91, at 11,496.57. The tech-heavy Nasdaq took a 29.52-point... More »

Profits Slide as Dell Streamlines

6.5% drop on consumer slump, 'slow as molasses' turnaround

(Newser) - Dell posted a 6.5% decline in profits for its fiscal fourth quarter yesterday, citing slowed consumer spending and the cost of restructuring, which included slashing thousands of jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dell results are likely to cause concern about other tech stocks—especially those that rely... More »

Ailing Yahoo! Can't Keep Up With the Times

Outmoded, mismanaged company is poised for implosion

(Newser) - After miraculously withstanding the dot-com crash, Yahoo is again poised to fall face first off a virtual cliff, with its plummeting stock hardly masked by national economic disrepair. But despite hemorrhaging users to Google, the company is still a huge presence on the Web, with 3 billion daily hits. So... More »

Oracle Blasts Forecasts With 35% Profit

Software maker rides spending spree to another big quarter

(Newser) - Database software-maker Oracle surprised analysts today, reporting its income surged 35 percent in the second quarter to $1.3 billion, thanks to the success of new programs and customer-support contracts. Experts had expected sales of approximately $5.03 billion, Bloomberg reports, but the company boasted sales of $5.36 billion—... More »

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