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Facebook, Inc. (FB) is an American social media and technology company founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg. The business is focused on providing services and products that allow people to connect and share content through computers, mobile devices and tablets.
Over the years, Facebook has grown to become one of the world's most valuable companies by market capitalisation. Together with Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL), the business forms the FAANG group, an entity that represents the five most popular and best-performing US-based technology companies.
Facebook shares are traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol FB. The company is a constituent of the NASDAQ 100, S&P 100 and S&P 500 indices.
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In February 2004, the company was initially founded as a social networking service TheFacebook by Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Harvard University students Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes. For the first few months after its launch, the costs for the website operations were paid by Zuckerberg and Saverin, who had taken equity stakes in the business. The website also ran a few advertisements to meet its operating costs.
Throughout its history, the firm has made a number of acquisitions to diversify its business portfolio and expand its market presence. Some of the most prominent purchases done by Facebook were FriendFeed in August 2009, Divvyshot and Octazen Solutions in 2010, Instagram in 2012, Onavo in 2013, WhatsApp in 2014, Oculus VR in 2014, Wit.ai in 2015, Dreambit in 2018 and Beat Games in 2019.
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In regard to the history of Facebook stock, the company filed for an initial public offering on February 1, 2012, with the intention to raise $5 billion. Underwriters evaluated FB shares at $38 each, giving the business a valuation of $104 billion.
Two days before going public, Facebook announced that it would sell 25 per cent more shares than initially planned due to high demand. On May 18, 2012, the stock started trading on the NASDAQ exchange, ending the first day at $38.23 per share. In total, the company raised over $16 billion, making it the largest technology IPO in US history at that time.
However, Facebook stock price gained a downside momentum shortly after, posting a record low of $17.55 only a few months later. Only in the third quarter of 2013, the sock completed a 100 per cent retracement into the prior high, generating a high-volume breakout that attracted widespread buying interest.
Over the following six years, with the exception of short-lived negative fluctuations, the FB share price had mainly been in the uptrend. On July 25, 2018, the FB stock value peaked at $217.50.
However, concerns, mostly driven by data privacy issues and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, had a severe impact on Facebook’s stock price. It hit investor sentiment, with the share price falling as low as $176.26 by July 26, 2018.
After dropping to its one-year lowest of $124.06 on December 24, 2018, the tech giant’s stock has finally recovered and has been mainly fluctuating in an upward motion ever since.
The stock closed 2019 trading at $205.25. On January 29, 2020, the FB share price reached a new record-high at $223.23.
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