last week, it was all about the facebook initial public offering (ipo) making billionaires out of the facebook team, about the ipo revitalizing the united states stock market, about investors clamoring for a piece of the $38 per share pie! facebook was bigger than elvis, jesus, and the beatles combined!
shares opened at $38 and have struggled to keep above $32 ever since. one startling accusation/development has occurred: jp morgan, morgan stanley and goldman sachs cut their price estimates and VERBALLY advised their largest institutional investors to be wary of the facebook ipo. the smaller investors were not given the benefit of this advice. and where did this negativity come from? the three companies have indicated that a facebook executive, again VERBALLY, that the facebook financial situation wasn’t all that great and that expected revenues were going to be lower than expected.
there will be investigations, there will be further drops in the stock price, i suspect it will bottom out at $16 per share. at least, that’s when i’m going to start chipping in.
so a downer day for facebook and a bit of a downer day for me. i woke up with an anxiety attack that i tried to ward off with meditation and then with a run. i tried writing down ten things i was grateful for–a mental exercise that usually does the trick–but i couldn’t get past three before the internal “i’m dying of a heart attack” scream took over. i caved, and took four ativan. spent the rest of the day in a bit of a haze. but as the great philosopher and femme fatale said “tomorrow is another day!”
and it will be a new day for facebook as well!