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Any of you suckers buy FB stock?


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Poll: Did you buy FB? (79 member(s) have cast votes)

Well?

  1. Yes (9001 votes [99.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 99.88%

  2. No (4 votes [0.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.04%

  3. I don't buy stocks (7 votes [0.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.08%

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#1 d000hg   Members   -  Reputation: 783

Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:36 AM

Just down 8% again today, approaching $32.

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#2 Alpha_ProgDes   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4692

Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:39 AM

I heard launch day was bad because of a software glitch (paused or delayed trading, IIRC). So I guess the psychology of Wall Street is making it worse now?
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#3 szecs   Members   -  Reputation: 2175

Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:26 AM

I voted I sucker?

#4 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:39 AM

I definitely should have shorted. If ever there was a situation where a stock was so obviously going to go down it was this. They were just so absurdly over-valued I couldn't see any legitimate reason for the stock going up.

Opportunity wasted.

#5 jwezorek   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1938

Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:17 AM

Personally I want to let it fall some more and then buy some.

#6 alnite   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2124

Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:51 AM

Facebook can't worth $100 billion. That company isn't making any products, just services and ads. $4B revenue with $1B net income and $2B operating costs? Bloated.

Edited by alnite, 22 May 2012 - 11:52 AM.


#7 Telastyn   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3726

Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:21 PM

They were just so absurdly over-valued I couldn't see any legitimate reason for the stock going up.


Because clearly, all stocks' value is based on legitimate reasons... What's google at again? At least they're doing stuff now, but during their IPO they didn't have much more than a lot of traffic and infrastructure lessons learned either.

And no; I didn't buy any stock. As I don't think they're worthwhile enough to make an account, I certainly am not going to invest in it.

#8 frob   Moderators   -  Reputation: 22246

Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:45 PM

Most stocks are volatile right after an IPO. That is to be expected.

Many people were hoping for the skyrocketing effects many companies used in the past to get rich quick. That didn't happen. But they also didn't really go too far off the opposite end, either.

I'd give it a month to settle down before seeing if the $38 price was wrong. Based on their financials compared to stocks I know about, based on their revenues I think the $38 was just about right.

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#9 ChurchSkiz   Members   -  Reputation: 455

Posted 22 May 2012 - 03:02 PM

The only people that make money on IPOs like this are institutional investors who got the shares at half price 6 months ago. Most tech IPOs are flops, inflated by those who remember all the people getting rich from IPOs in 1999 and still think it's a good idea.

#10 Washu   Senior Moderators   -  Reputation: 5362

Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:02 PM


They were just so absurdly over-valued I couldn't see any legitimate reason for the stock going up.


Because clearly, all stocks' value is based on legitimate reasons... What's google at again? At least they're doing stuff now, but during their IPO they didn't have much more than a lot of traffic and infrastructure lessons learned either.

And no; I didn't buy any stock. As I don't think they're worthwhile enough to make an account, I certainly am not going to invest in it.


Google opened at around $100 a share and is currently sitting at $600 a share.

Google is also making significantly more money, for its value, than facebook is. Facebook made 1 billion last year in profits. Google made 10x that amount (at 11.7 billion dollars in profits).

Edited by Washu, 22 May 2012 - 04:02 PM.

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#11 Nytegard   Members   -  Reputation: 823

Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:21 PM

Having previously worked in the finance industry, and still knowing several people in it, the advice I was given was to avoid this stock at all costs for the first week or two. Shorting would have been nice had it not been locked, and had I enough money to afford a margin account.

But there were way too many warning signs pre-IPO (excluding the lawsuit and other upcoming legal issues) that anyone with basic investment knowledge would have known that the price was going to dip.

#12 d000hg   Members   -  Reputation: 783

Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:37 AM

I definitely should have shorted. If ever there was a situation where a stock was so obviously going to go down it was this. They were just so absurdly over-valued I couldn't see any legitimate reason for the stock going up.

Opportunity wasted.

However there was every chance it could have spiked on day 1 and then dropped, which would be quite common for highly-hyped stocks. It looked it was doing so the first couple of hours, I expected that to last longer before any drops... if I'd had the funds I would've been tempted to buy at launch and sell the same day. Glad I didn't.

#13 BronzeBeard   Members   -  Reputation: 160

Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:38 PM

I make about a fourth of my income from stocks. Typically you want to play with very safe, very large marketshare companies, Small Caps (high risk, high reward), and of course dividend stocks.

Safe stocks are pretty much market leaders that deals in food, oil, health services, or any vital commodities. (DE, JNJ, XOM)
Safe stocks could be extended into large cap companies who are pretty much fail safe or have a huge marketshare. (GOOG, IBM, APPL, MSFT, WDC)

Risk stocks are typically small caps, we're talking about companies worth less than $200 million who's shares are worth less than $10 a pop (sometimes even less). You play them for boom or bust (and tax write offs)...

Facebooks is not a safe stock. It is not a market leader (remember it's an ad company), it's not an time tested company, and it is not a necessary market. (Even if it was a necessary market, social media sites come and go...)

That makes FB a risk stock... but is it a risk stock that's worth it?

1st Red Flag: $20B company listed at $100B.
2nd Red Flag: Heavy Competition: (Both big and small aim to take over social media space)
3rd Red Flag: Limited Core Business Growth. My personal belief is that their ad market is capped out. They're not going to be able to squeeze much more out of ad revenues without branching out to other businesses. Typically when you look at risky stocks you want to see HUGE growth potential in their core market. The more a company extends out from their core business the less effective they tend to become. (Personal belief, take a look at HP)

I'm passing on FB, unless it falls down into the teens... I could pull the trigger on a long $18 facebook



*Note: I own some shares of some of the companies mentioned*

Edited by BronzeBeard, 26 May 2012 - 08:42 PM.


#14 Auth   Members   -  Reputation: 101

Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:10 PM

I never purchase launch iPO's.

#15 wood_brian   Banned   -  Reputation: 197

Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:00 PM

I didn't buy any. I think the stock will stay in the twenties for many months.

#16 speciesUnknown   Members   -  Reputation: 527

Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:35 PM

I don't trade stocks, but my instincts here told me that FB was overvalued; their actual profit is only via ads. I expected it to perform poorly and gradually drop over the course of a couple of years as people realised the hype was unfounded. Wasn't expecting such a drop, though.
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#17 BeanDog   Members   -  Reputation: 1063

Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:57 AM

I'm passing on FB, unless it falls down into the teens... I could pull the trigger on a long $18 facebook

Now that Facebook is down under $18, are you going to buy?

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#18 cronocr   Members   -  Reputation: 755

Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:15 PM

What happens if stocks fall down to $0? Will the company become bankrupt?
 

 


#19 Telastyn   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3726

Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:22 PM

What happens if stocks fall down to $0? Will the company become bankrupt?


It is (almost?) unheard-of for stock to be literally worthless. Even bankrupt companies have some assets to offset their debts, and the assets are worthwhile even if going through bankruptcy proceedings to absolve/restructure debt.

What will happen though is that a stock will become de-listed from its exchange. Different exchanges have different rules. The NYSE's for example is something like closing under $1 for 30 consecutive days. The stock still exists and still has (fluctuating) value, but is no longer traded on that market (if I understand correctly).

#20 alnite   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2124

Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:12 PM


What happens if stocks fall down to $0? Will the company become bankrupt?


It is (almost?) unheard-of for stock to be literally worthless. Even bankrupt companies have some assets to offset their debts, and the assets are worthwhile even if going through bankruptcy proceedings to absolve/restructure debt.

What will happen though is that a stock will become de-listed from its exchange. Different exchanges have different rules. The NYSE's for example is something like closing under $1 for 30 consecutive days. The stock still exists and still has (fluctuating) value, but is no longer traded on that market (if I understand correctly).


It will be traded in a different market. Circuit City, for example, is now on the OTC Pink market, valued at $0.002.




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