Facebook bubble begins to deflate?


Facebook stock slumped as much as 13% at 9:50am EDT in a third day of public trading for the world’s most popular social network, dispelling investors’ hopes for large initial increases and possible profits in the first days of Facebook trading.

Facebook floated its shares in a much-anticipated IPO Thursday evening, pricing shares at $38 for total proceeds of $16 billion at a record valuation of $104 billion.

Shares rose to a high of $42 and almost immediately sank back to the initial price investors paid for the IPO stock, totally destroying earlier predictions of speedy growth in value.

Following a volatile session that saw the shares skyrocket as much as 18% at one point, the record-breaking IPO ended with the shares closing the day edging up only 0.6% at $38.23.

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