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Facebook Prices IPO At $38 Per Share (UPDATE)

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Facebook announced on Thursday afternoon that it has set the price of its initial public offering.

According to a press release, the company will sell 421,233,615 shares of its common stock at $38 per share.

Facebook will raise $16 billion, making this the largest IPO of an Internet company. Facebook's value is now $104.12 billion.

Shares will begin trading on the NASDAQ on Friday under the ticker symbol "FB."

The social network on Wednesday upped the range of the offering by 25 percent. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook set a new target of $34 to $38 per share, up from $28 to $35.

According to Reuters, Facebook's IPO is larger than those of computer behemoths HP and Dell, combined. Google, which began publicly trading in 2004, raised only $1.67 billion in its IPO.

Facebook's public debut is also likely to outshine that of nearly every other public company on the planet. Writes the AP, "Facebook is the third-highest valued company to ever go public, according to data from Dealogic, a financial data provider. Only the two Chinese banks have been worth more."

Many expect the stock to enjoy a strong first day of trading.

From TechCrunch:

Because Facebook priced at the higher end of its $34 to $38 price range, this suggests that there will unsurprisingly be a lot of demand tomorrow. Bankers will want to price the deal so that there’s a bit of a pop for good publicity, but Facebook won’t want to underprice the deal so much that they leave billions of dollars on the table.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to clarify that Google raised$1.67 billion in its IPO.

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