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Twitter halo fades after listing; FB, LinkedIn hold ground

Facebook IPO investors are sitting on good profits since its listing in May, 2012 at around $38 levels

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

After a big-bang listing, shares seem to be losing its fizz while social media rivals and are holding the fort amid portfolio churn by investors.

In a dream debut, microblogging site Twitter's stock popped up on NYSE debut on November 7 and closed with 73 per cent gain for investors who subscribed to its initial public offering price of $26 apiece.

The firm, which lets people post 140-character messages, raised $1.8 billion in a keenly watched IPO.

Skeptics were left speechless as the valuation of the firm, which is yet to make profit after 7 years of existence, soared to over $25 billion even as tech firms like and ended 2-4 per cent lower that day.

However, the momentum in shares seem to be falling already and analysts have begun to question the company's current valuations vis-a-vis and LinkedIn, arguing on better margins and larger size for the two.

After closing at $44.90 on November 7, share price has failed to reach new highs and has entered December with a last traded price of $41.57 apiece -- an over seven per cent drop from first day closing.

Along with a knock on share price, volumes have sharply dried up too. From 117 million shares traded on debut day, daily number of shares traded stand at about 6 million at present.

In contrast, the overall US markets have inched up during this period as economic recovery picked up pace. Besides, Facebook and stocks have also begun to warm up.

Mark Zuckerberg-led social networking giant's shares haven't moved up from $47 levels on the day of Twitter's fantastic debut but investors have not lost money in Facebook.

In fact, Facebook IPO investors are sitting on good profits since its listing in May, 2012 at around $38 levels.

"A multiple (of Twitter) that far above its peer group of 17.4 times leaves little to the imagination; there seems to us no upside (to price) scenario not already more than included in Twitter's implied growth outlook...," research firm Hudson Square said in a note to clients.

Professional online networking portal LinkedIn has already landed gains for investors if they bought its shares instead of Twitter on Day 1 of microblogging site's listing.

From $211 apiece, LinkedIn now trades six per cent higher at $224.

First Published: Sun, December 01 2013. 11:00 IST