LinkedIn began trading under the LNKD ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange today, pricing its IPO at $45 per share – the high end of the range expected by investors. That would have given the company a $4.5 billion market cap on $243 million in net revenue in 2010, but that’s not where the price has settled. Jumping as much as 173% above that $45 share price, the stock is currently trading north of $106 and has gone as high as $122.70 today.
RenRen, a Chinese social network, just had a very successful IPO that raised $743 million for the company on shares priced at $14 (the high end of what many analysts anticipated). Currently, the stock is trading at $16.76 per share, giving the company a valuation of $6.5 billion on revenue of $67.5 million in 2010 – up 64% from 2009 revenues.
There’s certainly value in the network, but we have to go against the many media outlets who’ve promoted RenRen as “the Chinese Facebook.” It’s not.
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