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Exxon overtakes Apple in market value again


Exxon Mobil briefly overtook Apple as the largest U.S. publicly traded company by market value on Friday as shares of the technology giant continued to fall.


Foursquare Faces Valuation Doubts


Foursquare is having troubles convincing investors that its valuation shouldn't shrink, a sign of a cooling toward social media startups in the wake of Facebook's messy initial public offering.


Facebook shares reach new low; $50 billion in market value lost

Facebook Stock Price

Facebook shares scraped a new low
Tuesday. The new drag on the already leaden stock:
Analysts from two of Facebook’s largest
underwriters on its botched initial public
stock offering cut their price targets.


Apple sets record for company value at $623B


Apple is Wall Street's all-time MVP - that's Most Valuable Property. On Monday, Apple's surging stock propelled the company's value to $623 billion, the world's highest, ever. It beat the record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom.


DealBook: Pinterest Raises $100 Million


Pinterest, which allows users to share photographs, recipes and other media on custom "pinboards," raised $100 million in a funding round led by the Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten.


So How Much Is Facebook Worth? The Financial Times Has Concerns

How to put all this into a Facebook valuation? To justify the big numbers being tossed around – $100bn and up – several things must happen in the next five to seven years. The business needs to become much less capital intensive (inclusive of acquisitions) over time, as Google and Microsoft have done. That is the easy part. But margins must also stay near today’s level of about 50 per cent – which would be uncharted territory. And sales would have to grow at least sixfold in this period.

Senh: The big question is ad sales. It's not as easy Financial Times think it is. Historically, click-through rates for social networking and community sites (forums, chats) have been significantly lower than the average content site. Facebook and Twitter haven't shown that they've been able to move click-through rates up. Unless than can come up with a new form of advertising, it's gonna be tough for their revenue to improve significantly.


Carlyle eyes $7.5-$8 billion valuation in IPO: source

Carlyle Group LP is eyeing a market valuation of $7.5 billion to $8 billion in an initial public offering, as the U.S. private equity firm prepares to kick off a marketing blitz to investors, perhaps as soon as next week, said a source with knowledge of the situation.


Apple market value hits $600B

Apple, already the world's most valuable company, hit the $600 billion level for the first time Tuesday....


Zillow Shares Double After IPO

Shares of real-estate website Zillow more than doubled on its first day of trading, giving the unprofitable Internet company a valuation of more than $1 billion.


How Is It That MySpace is Only Worth $100M and Twitter is worth $5-7B When They Have Similar Revenue and Traffic

How Is It That MySpace is Only Worth $100M and Twitter is worth $5-7B When They Have Similar Revenue and Traffic

When I heard that News Corp was selling Myspace, I was curious about the price, what with Facebook being valued at $50B (or $75B on SecondMarket) and Twitter at around $5-7B.

I’m surprised that News Corp’s trying to sell MySpace for a relatively cheap price of $100-200M. Most recently, they wanted $100M in stock from Zynga, makers of popular Facebook app Farmville. They were reportedly only willing to offer $50M cash.


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