A Look at Spotify's 'Unconventional' Stock Market Debut

Its first day of trading was a success, but company's future is not guaranteed, experts say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2018 5:36 PM CDT
Specialist Peter Giacchi, center, declares Spotify's IPO open on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, April 3, 2018.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Spotify's opening act on Wall Street struck a chord with investors betting the unprofitable company's trend-setting music streaming service will maintain its early lead over Apple and other powerful challengers. After several hours of anticipation Tuesday morning, Spotify's shares traded as high as $169 in their stock market debut before falling back slightly. The stock closed at $149.01—well above its previous high of $132.50 in deals worked out during Spotify's 12-year history as a privately held company, the AP reports. The stock market's warm welcome left Spotify with a market value of about $27 billion, according to FactSet. By comparison, internet radio station Pandora Media's market value stands at $1.2 billion nearly seven years after that company went public. More on the streaming service's big day, including why its debut was "unconventional":

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