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dateline: 29 May 2012

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Disappointing Week After Facebook IPO

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • share: a division of a company’s stock
  • NASDAQ: the world’s first electronic stock market
  • overloaded: unable to keep up with the demands of users
  • prospect: (financial) success in the future
  • sue: to take to court due to damages or losses
  • IPO: initial public offering; the first time a business offers to sell shares to the public

Disappointing Week After Facebook IPO

In just over a week since going public, Facebook shares fell from $38 to $31 . The nightmare started when NASDAQ’s computer systems failed the morning Facebook went public. Many investors were unable to due to the overloaded system. A few days later, news broke out that large investors had been given insider information about Facebook that small investors did not have access to. This financial information made some large investors nervous about the company’s prospects, causing them to change their investment plans. Many small investors are now to sue Facebook for not providing a of the business before the initial public offering (IPO).

Comprehension Questions

  1. What happened to Facebook shares in the first week after the business went public?
  2. What happened the morning Facebook went public?
  3. Why are small investors unhappy about the Facebook IPO?

Discussion Question: Many people are calling Facebook a broken deal. On the other hand, other newly public companies such as Amazon.com recovered from a slow start. In your opinion, is Facebook a business worth investing in?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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