Facebook jumps on biggest lock-up expiration day

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 11:00 am •  Published: November 14, 2012
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The previous lock-up expired on Oct. 29, when U.S. stock markets were closed because of Superstorm Sandy. Facebook's stock fell nearly 4 percent two days later, when the stock market reopened.

Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes a potential increase in the capital gains tax on Jan. 1, when Bush-era tax cuts would expire unless Congress acts, could pressure Facebook's stock. That said, he called the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media company a "long-term winner."

Facebook's stock saw its biggest one-day gain on Oct. 24, the day after the company reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter results and detailed for the first time how much money it made from mobile ads. The stock, which added 19 percent that day, closed at $23.23. Even with Wednesday's gain, it is still 8 percent below that price.

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