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As We Close in on the Alibaba IPO, Here's What You Need to Watch For

It isn’t often that a really “hot” initial public stock offering lives up to the pre-deal hype.

But Thursday’s IPO of China e-commerce heavyweight Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE-WI: BABA) is shaping up to be everything the most ardent market mavens have been saying.

Alibaba is on track to become the largest U.S. initial public offering ever.

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  • Facebook Stock Just Hit a New Low for 2013 Coahuilan Box Turtle

    Missing amid the numerous stock market milestones and seemingly unstoppable rallies since the start of the year is Facebook stock.

    Tuesday marked the 20th consecutive Tuesday the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed with a gain. And, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, up 16.4% year-to-date, finished just nine points shy of its all-time high of 1,669.16 hit mid-month.

    Meanwhile the Nasdaq, Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) home exchange, has gained 4% in May and 16% this year.

    In contrast, Facebook stock is down some 10% year-to-date.

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  • Facebook Stock Ends Disappointing Year One; Any Shot at a Comeback? Company Facebook dislike

    One year ago, Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) made its trading debut in one of the most highly anticipated initial public offerings ever.

    While it's okay to offer a congratulatory happy anniversary, it's been anything but a honeymoon for the company and investors.

    Some 421 million shares were sold, raising $16 billion, giving Facebook a whopping $104 billion valuation.

    Then the disastrous story began: Shares were priced at $38, opened at $40, and then, within 10 market hours after the pricing, Facebook stock flailed. Technical glitches at the Nasdaq caused a delayed open, late executions and reports, and mispriced trades.

    Lawsuits are still pending.

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  • If this Works, Facebook Stock Could be the "Buy of the Decade" Company Facebook like small

    Facebook stock is one of the most controversial stocks in existence today.

    With one billion users, investors have been waiting to see if Facebook's business model can pay off, especially after its IPO tanked.

    Today, Money Morning's own e-commerce director, Bret Holmes, is going to give you the inside scoop on Facebook stock. Not some theoretical financial analysis, but what the future looks like for Facebook, from a guy who understands e-commerce and can explain how Facebook stock could be the "buy of the decade" for investors.

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  • Four Reasons Facebook Stock Could Tumble After Earnings Report Falling folders

    Facebook stock rose nearly 3% Tuesday to come within $11 of its IPO price - but a disappointing earnings report could send shares plunging if the social media giant doesn't show healthy improvement.

    One of the biggest things to watch when Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) reports Q1 earnings after the close Wednesday will be how the company is managing the transition to mobile.

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  • Facebook Stock Risk: New Social Media Apps Luring Teens Away Company Facebook dislike

    Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) is starting to get a taste of what it means to be the king of the social media hill.

    Small and more nimble competitors with novel ideas have sprung up and begun to entice young users away from the No. 1 social media platform - a bad omen for Facebook stock, which 11 months after its IPO still trades 29% below its offer price.

    According to Piper Jaffray's annual "Taking Stock of Teens" survey, teens are spending less time with Facebook and more with a vast array of alternatives.

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  • Could Another Go at a Facebook Phone Actually Work? Company Facebook like small

    A Facebook phone could be in the works, serving as the company's latest bold attempt to increase revenue and make money from its one billion users. 

    The social media giant sent out invites last week to a press event, "Come See Our Home on Android." Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) will host the event at its Menlo Park, CA headquarters Thursday. 

    Rumors state the mobile device will use customized software that's a version of Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android 4.2 OS. The software will dominate a user's home screen. Updates and information from a user's Facebook account will be posted constantly.

    Industry insiders believe the company is working on the smartphone in collaboration with Taiwan's HTC. This is the second time the companies have collaborated on a Facebook-focused phone - with the first attempt only lasting a few months.

    Could it be that second time's the charm?

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  • Facebook IPO Deal Leaves Wall Street Seeing Red Company Facebook dislike

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday approved Nasdaq's plan to pay $62 million in compensation to brokers for mishandling the Facebook IPO. The Nasdaq missteps during Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) debut cost Wall Street a collective $500 million and firms have fought to recoup those losses.

    The amount was cleared by the SEC after Nasdaq offered to pay more than is allowed under its existing bylaws. As a self-regulatory organization, the Nasdaq enjoys certain legal protections which could have resulted in a significantly smaller settlement.

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  • Can Mobile Really Drive a Facebook Stock Rally? Company Facebook 2

    One of the reasons Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) hasn't fared better since it started trading - it's off 25% from its $38 IPO price - is the company's failure to profit from increased mobile activity among users.

    But now, less than a year after Facebook's acknowledgement that it needed to monetize its growing mobile member usage, the company bills itself as a truly mobile company.

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  • Should Investors Dump Facebook Stock for LinkedIn? Company Linkedin logo

    LinkedIn Corp. (Nasdaq: LNKD) just reported fourth-quarter earnings that blew away Wall Street estimates, a nice addition to its already impressive resume -- and one that is making LNKD much more attractive than Facebook stock.

    LinkedIn earned 35 cents a share, nearly triple the 12 cents earned in the same quarter a year ago. Net income soared 60% to $11.5 million, up from $6.9 million. Revenue jumped 81% to $304 million up from $168 million. Analysts were looking for 19 cents on revenue of $280 million.

    U.S. markets accounted for 62%, or $189 million, of Q4 revenue. That was down 2% from the previous quarter. But international growth was robust, kicking in $114.6 million to LinkedIn's bottom-line.

    CEO Jeff Weiner called 2012 a "transformative year."

    "We have exceeded our own expectations by a wide margin," CFO Steve Sordello said during a conference call.

    Shares surged $12.11, or some 10%, to $136.20 after hours Thursday following the report. The rally continued Friday with shares climbing another $26, or almost 21%, hitting an all-time high of $150.25 intraday.

    Since its May 2011 initial public offering at $45, shares have more than tripled.

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  • Facebook Stock Downgrades Keep Pouring In Company Facebook dislike

    They say third time's the charm, but no such luck for Facebook stock, which fell even though the company's third earnings report since going public beat expectations.

    The numbers failed to charm Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) investors who expected the report would offer more to like, and analysis who found plenty of concern in the expenses.

    The social networking giant posted earnings per share of 17 cents, better than the consensus of 15 cents. Revenue came in at $1.59 billion, up 40% year over year, and ahead of forecasts for $1.53 billion. However, fourth quarter profit slumped 79%, dragged down by higher costs.

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  • Facebook Earnings Preview: Will Investors "Like" Q4 Earnings? Company_Facebook_like

    Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock has staged an impressive rebound in recent months after the company's disastrous IPO.

    Since mid-November, the social networking giant's stock has gained more than 68%, going from a near-low of $19 to more than $32.

    Investors will be watching closely when Facebook releases Q4 earnings after close tomorrow (Wednesday) to see if the company can maintain its momentum.

    Expectations are high, as a bevy of analysts have upgraded their outlooks for the stock, though it is still trading well below its IPO price of $38 and its high of $42.

    Wall Street projections are for Facebook to report earnings of 15 cents per share on revenue of $1.52 billion.

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  • Mystery Facebook Event: Five Things that Could Happen Company Facebook 2 The social networking giant sent reporters an invitation last week to "come and see what we're building." Get our predictions for Tuesday's big announcement and what it could mean for FB stock. Read More...
  • Facebook Stock: Time for a Dividend in 2013? Down about 42% from the $45 high after its initial public offering, Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB)needs a way to keep investor interest into 2013.

    How about paying a dividend?

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  • Facebook Stock Fails to Rally as Lockup Ends Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) fell more than 5% Friday as some 156 million shares held by early insiders and employees were freed from a lockup period.

    It marked the fourth time a torrent of the social networking giant's shares were let loose for trading since the company's hugely hyped initial public offering (IPO) on May 18 at $38 a share.

    The reaction to the sizable release of shares has been mixed.

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  • Investing in Facebook Stock? Keep an Eye on Dec. 12 Facebook stock (Nasdaq: FB) investors are getting an early holiday present.

    That's because on Dec. 12, shares of the world's largest social networking company will be added to the Nasdaq 100 Index.

    Facebook will have some very good company in the index, joining tech behemoths Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG), and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). It'll rank 13th by market value ($60 billion).

    Snagging a spot in the coveted index, a compilation of the 100 most valuable non-financial stocks traded on the Nasdaq, is the latest in a string of welcome news for Facebook shareholders, especially those bruised in its initial public offering fiasco on May 18.

    And the news couldn't have come at a better time for shareholders.

    Here's why.

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