LinkedIn Shares More Than Double in IPO

Business social networking site LinkedIn made 7.84 million shares public in an initial public offering. The stock began the day at $45 per share and more than doubled throughout the day.

LinkedIn, which opened pricing for its initial public offering at $45 per share May 19, watched its shares more than double on the New York Stock Exchange May 19.

As of 3:30 p.m. EST, LinkedIn' s stock traded at $98.34 a share under the ticker symbol "LNKD."

For the IPO, A total of 7.84 million shares are being made public, according to a company statement. Some 4.8 million shares are being offered by LinkedIn, with the remaining 3 million-plus shares offered by stockholders looking to sell. LinkedIn is a professional social network that lets its 100 million users in more than 200 countries list their resumes and connect with colleagues and recruiters. The company makes money from premium subscriptions, advertising for businesses and hiring services for recruiters.

While social media software has become a lucrative growth sector in the last half decade or so, LinkedIn's IPO pricing and valuation surprised some industry watchers.

With more than 100 million users, LinkedIn has a solid network of professionals hawking their talents, but the company only made $15.4 million last year on $243 million in revenue.

Silicon Alley Insider explained the reasoning behind the IPO pricing, as well as what Wall Street really expects from the company.

LinkedIn has warned in a regulatory filing that its growth rate will slow as the company boosts spending on technology.   

For more, read the eWEEK article: LinkedIn Shares Rocket to $85 Upon Opening.

This article was originally published on 05-19-2011
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