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2:01pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Planet Money

Is Facebook Worth $100 Billion?

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 10:56 am

Paul Sakuma AP

When Facebook goes public this week, the company will be valued at roughly $100 billion.

It will be the highest valuation ever for an initial public offering of a tech company. Is Facebook really worth this much money?

One way to frame the question is to consider a single fraction.

The number on top of the fraction is the total value of the company. The number on the bottom is the company's profits over the past year. This fraction is called the price-to-earnings ratio. It's widely used by investors in stocks.

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6:35am

Tue May 15, 2012

6:00am

Tue May 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Facebook Ups Its Forecast: Says Shares Will Sell For $34 To $38

Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

Strong demand for its first public sale of stock has led Facebook to raise its forecast for how much each share will sell for when the company goes public on Friday.

"We anticipate that the initial public offering price will be between $34.00 and $38.00 per share," the company says in a statement filed earlier today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Earlier, the social medial giant had expected shares would sell for $28 to $35 each.

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2:42pm

Mon May 14, 2012
All Tech Considered

Facebook's Success Hinges On How Much More It Can Learn About Us

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 5:49 pm

Investors will be betting that Facebook won't make its users so uncomfortable over privacy that they quit.
Photo Illustration: Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

This week, All Things Considered is hitting refresh on its All Tech Considered segment — taking you into the changing landscape of technology and how it intersects with everyday life. From Silicon Valley to China, we'll feature stories from around the world, stay on top of innovations that matter — and get you the news you need to know. Every Monday, we'll preview the week's big tech stories.

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7:02am

Mon May 14, 2012

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