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  • King Digital Entertainment IPO Disappoints - 27 March 2014
  • With a reported net worth of $76 billion, founder of Microsoft Bill Gates is back at the top of the annual Forbes Billionaires list, having held that position for fifteen of the past twenty years. Second on the list, CEO of Oracle Larry Ellison has a reported net worth of $48 billion, followed by Google CEO Larry Page at $32.3 billion. Fourth in line is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with $32 billion, followed closely by Google's Sergey Brin with $31.8 billion and Facebook CEO Mark Suckerberg with $28.5 billion – an noteable comeback after Facebook's disastrous 2012 IPO. Interestingly, at number eight with a net worth of $17.5 billion is Michael Dell, who removed his company from the stock market in October 2013.

  • Twitter Prepares for IPO Launch - 31 October 2013
  • As Twitter prepares to launch its initial public offering, analysts are comparing every move the company makes to Facebook's problem-plagued May 2012 IPO through Nasdaq. Twitter aims to raise $1.6 billion with its IPO, and analysts have predicted that when the company starts trading it may be worth between $12 billion and $20 billion. As of June 30, 2013, Twitter had 218.3 million active monthly users, reflecting an increase of 44 percent over the same period of last year. The company, which has been operating for seven years, has noted that as the size of its user base increases, user growth rate will slow down.

  • Second Quarter Results Boost Facebook Shares - 25 July 2013
  • Facebook continues to redeem itself with investors after its much-publicized, debated and, some might say disastrous, IPO in May 2012. The company's second quarter results reveal that Facebook continues to increase its overall user base, with its mobile users increasing by 51 percent over the last year. It's this market that Facebook has been focusing on for advertising, clearly with much success. Of Facebook's $1.81 billion in revenue, $1.6 billion came from advertising, being an increase of 61 percent from last year. Up to 41 percent of the advertising revenue came from mobile devices. The balance of the revenue was derived from payments (most notably game payments) and other fees. Facebook shares climbed by 19 percent in afterhours trading on Wednesday night, closing at $31.81, which is still below the May 2012 price of $35.

  • Facebook Has Positive First Quarter - 2 may 2013
  • Facebook's first quarter results released on Wednesday revealed that its monthly active users rose by 23 percent compared with the same period in 2012. This puts active Facebook users at 1.11 billion, with up to 751 million users accessing the network from mobile devices. An average of 665 million users visited the world's number one social media platform every day in the month of March. First quarter revenue totaled $1.46 billion, reflecting an increase of 38 percent over last year's $1.06 billion.

  • Fed Minutes, China Slowdown, Europe Crisis Impact on Wall Street - 12 July 2012
  • Wall Street responded to the Federal Reserve minutes released on Wednesday afternoon with a significant slump, managing to recover to some extent and ending the day with only slight losses. Among other issues, the Federal Reserve identified a number of threats to the recovery of the US economy, with the slowdown in China and an upcoming budget crunch in Washington being cited as two examples. Most notable is that the Fed gave no indication of new strategies for stimulating the economy, as investors were hoping they would. The Dow responded to the release of the Fed's minutes at 2pm by dropping 118 points as investors digested the news, managing a recovery in the hour before the closing bell. The Dow ended the day 48.59 points down, the Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 0.02 of a point and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index lost 14.35 points – the fifth consecutive day stocks have closed lower on Wall Street.

  • End of IPO 'Quiet Period' Reveals Facebook's Vulnerable Status - 28 June 2012
  • As the Facebook IPO 'quiet period' ended, only eight of the seventeen brokerages to issue reports recommended buying Facebook shares, with eight brokerages giving neutral ratings, and one issuing a 'sell' rating. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan were among those recommending that investors should buy Facebook shares, but with shares closing at US$ 32.23 on Nasdaq, compared with their IPO price of USS$ 38, it's unlikely that investors will be clamoring to buy. Reasons for caution, as noted by the reports, include Facebook's uncertain business model, doubts about the company's strength, margin pressures and the effect the transition to mobile technology will have on the advertising revenue of the social media company.

  • Facebook IPO May Happen Before Year-End - 1 December 2011
  • As social media continues to gain ground both in the business world and with private users, speculation continues as to whether Facebook, arguably the most popular social media network at this time, will go public. Following LinkedIn's successful initial public offering in May this year, investors appeared keen to support IPOs by prominent players in the social media segment of the tech sector. So there was a measure of disappointment that Facebook seemed to be dragging its heels with regard to going public, with rumors that if this happened at all, it would only be in 2012. As we enter the last month of 2011, however, speculation has resurfaced that Facebook may very well issue an IPO before the end of the year, with the objective of raising $10 billion, valuing the company at $100 billion.


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