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GiveAShare.com will first send out a "realistic color copy" of Facebook’s stock certificate, based on the rendering the company included in its IPO documents.
"I have to admit that we have been getting more calls and e-mails about people wanting to sell the Apple stock that they bought from us a long time ago," Roman says.
GiveAShare is introducing a "new, improved" frame — "it’s larger and shows off the certificate better," Roman says — specifically for Facebook shares.
Both GiveAShare.com and OneShare.com charge a $39 fee for their services, which include buying the share and procuring the paper stock certificate.
Roman, who typically updates the stock prices on his site just once a week, says he expects to adjust Facebook’s price several times on its first trading day.

And it seems to be doing that — Facebook is poised to announce a new mobile ad network that will allow marketers to use personal data about Facebook users to target ads to users when they are using non-Facebook apps on their phones.
Besides viewing time spent on Facebook as time wasted, I was skeptical that Facebook would be able to figure out how to monetize the public’s move to mobile devices.
eMarketer forecasts that mobile ad spending will grow and Facebook will take more of that market as Google loses ground.
The more people Facebook can reach and the more time each individual spends on these various “platforms,” the higher the economic rents Facebook will be able to collect.
Why has Facebook been winning? It has been selling application install ads that encourage smartphone users to install new apps or use ones that they have installed but are now in hibernation.
If Facebook can stay ahead of the pack, it will keep taking mobile ad share from Google.
While Mark Zuckerberg built the first property — Facebook — he is not averse to buying other ones that people seem to like.
But Facebook is taking market share in the rapidly-growing mobile ad market.
Facebook wants to offer products and services where people will be spending the most time.
Based on what Facebook did with mobile advertising, I think the odds favor its ability to figure this out over the next few years.
Facebook achieved this while enjoying a 72% boost in first quarter revenue.
And Facebook has a lot of room to grow its revenues from these companies.  Google, the internet’s largest ad revenue generator, achieves $80 of ad revenue per user.  Facebook only brings in $13/user – less than Yahoo ($18/user.)  So the opportunity for advertisers to reach users more often alone is a 6x revenue potential – even if the number of users wasn’t growing.
And the market growth is far from slowing.  In 2013 the number of U.S. adults using Facebook grew to 71% from 67% in 2012.  And that is 3.5 times as often as those using Linked-In or Twitter (22% and 18%.)  And Facebook is not U.S. user dependent.  Europe, Asia and Rest-of-World each have more users than the USA.  ROW is 33% bigger than the USA, and Facebook is far from achieving saturation in these much higher population markets.
According to BusinessInsider.com FBX already sells to advertisers millions of ads every second – and delivers up billions of impressions daily.  All of which is happening in real-time, allowing for exponential growth as Facebook and advertisers learn how to help people use social media to make better purchase decisions.  FBX is currently only a small fraction of Facebook revenue.
Few people realize that Facebook became a $5B revenue company in 2012 – growing revenue 20x in 4 years.  And revenue has been growing at 150% per year since reaching $1B.  That’s the benefit of being on the “big trend.”  Revenues can grow really, really, really fast.
According to Shareaholic, over 10% of all internet referrals come from Facebook, up from 7% share of market the previous year.  This is 10 times the referral level of Twitter (1%) and 100 times the levels of Linked in and Google+ (less than .1% each.)  Thus, if an advertiser wants users to go to its products, Facebook is clearly the place to be.
And the big leader in this trend is Facebook.  Although investors were plenty upset when Facebook tumbled after its IPO in 2012, if you had simply bought then, and kept buying a bit each quarter, you’d already be well up on your investment.  Almost any purchase made in the first 12 months after the IPO would now have a value 2 to 3 times the acquisition price – so a 100% to 200% return.
Facebook acquires more of these ad dollars than all of its competition combined (57% share of market,) and is 4 times bigger than competitors Twitter and YouTube (a Google business.)  The list of Grade A advertisers is long, including companies such as Samsung ($100million,) Proctor & Gamble ($60million,) Microsoft ($35million,) Amazon, Nestle, Unilever, American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Coke – just to name a few.
While many people still decry its use, there is no doubt that social media platforms are becoming commonplace in how we communicate, look for information, share information and get a lot of things done.  People inherently like to be social; like to communicate.  They trust referrals and comments from other people a lot more than they trust an ad – and often more than they trust conventional media.  Social media is the proverbial fast flowing river, and getting in that boat is going to take you to a higher value destination.
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If you’ve got kids or grandchildren, buy them a share of stock in a company they love.
As many people predicted, the Facebook public offering was the very definition of "over-hyped." Breathless news anchors and reporters described it as the deal of deals, and that allowed the underwriters to expand the number of shares offered and price them at $38 — the upper end of their expected range.
Shares of Facebook (FB) dipped after the social media giant announced plans to buy a virtual reality platform developer, Oculus VR, for $2 billion.
Oculus VR is the developer of a next generation virtual reality headset, which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw as one of the “platforms of tomorrow.”The deal turned heads in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street for several reasons.
On Tuesday Facebook announced plans to buy Oculus VR for $400 million in cash and $1.6 billion in stock.
The Oculus Rift system has been popular among the video gaming community but it isn’t clear how Facebook could integrate this technology into its current business.
This suggests that analysts are struggling to pin down Facebook’s profit potential and that the social media company could post another double-digit earnings surprise (as it has for the past three quarters running).
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Among the Wall Street brokers waiting for a piece of Facebook are investors who want to own a single share of recognized brands.
Owners of a single share of stock often get to attend share-holders meetings and even get paid dividends, if the company offers them.
Sites like GiveAShare or OneShare specialize in single stock purchases, even framing certificates for stocks.
One share seems insignificant, but CNNMoney points out that a share of Apple stock purchased 15 years ago for five dollars is now fetching around $560.
"It interests people who are not ordinarily interested in the stock market," Rick Roman, the founder of GiveAShare, told CNNMoney.
Upon closing of the deal, all outstanding shares of WhatsApp capital stock and options to purchase WhatsApp capital stock will be cancelled in exchange for $4 billion in cash and 183,865,778 shares of Facebook Class A common stock (worth $12 billion based on the average closing price of the six trading days preceding February 18, 2014 of $65.2650 per share).
In the event of termination of the Merger Agreement under certain circumstances principally related to a failure to obtain required regulatory approvals, the Merger Agreement provides for Facebook to pay WhatsApp a fee of $1 billion in cash and to issue to WhatsApp a number of shares of Facebook’s Class A common stock equal to $1 billion based on the average closing price of the ten trading days preceding such termination date.
In addition, upon closing, Facebook will grant 45,966,444 restricted stock units to WhatsApp employees (worth $3 billion based on the average closing price of the six trading days preceding February 18, 2014 of $65.2650 per share).
The companies say that the combo will help them “bring more connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core internet services efficiently and affordably.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says WhatsApp “is on a path to connect 1 billion people.
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The stock’s 52-week high is $23.25, and its 52-week low is $10.47. Cramer sat down with Michael Weiss, the chairman and CEO of clothing retailer Express, to discuss what has allowed his business to thrive in an otherwise stagnant retail sales market for clothing.
The stock’s 52-week high is $16.00, and its 52-week low is $7.80. A stock with a lot of potential but also a lot of volatility, InterMune dropped sharply this Wednesday, but has still posted approximately a 50 percent gain in the last three months.
Cramer also talked with Jon Steinberg, the president of Buzzfeed, to discuss differences in the IPO and early trading days of Facebook versus the potential IPO and early days on the market of Twitter.
Cramer previously ranked this stock a Buy on July 31, 2013.
On Thursday, Facebook shares faded 1.16 percent lower trading at $26.50. Investors and analysts are still wary on the company’s ability to monetize its 900 million user base.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has been trading on the Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) for less than a month, but has already caused a great deal of frustration and debate.
“Valuation appears high but Facebook has plenty of opportunities to monetize its vast user base,” analyst Mark Harding wrote.
The rapid decent has caused a debate on how Facebook is grossly overvalued, especially when compared to other tech names such as Apple Inc.
(NYSE:DDR): The Ohio-based company operates as a investment trust that manages a broad portfolio of retail shopping centers.
However, shares received a boost as JMP Securities initiated coverage on Facebook with a Market Outperform rating and a price target of $37.
Following a glitchy initial public offering, shares of the social-media company have been in a downward spiral, falling almost 30 percent since its IPO price of $38.
The last question isn’t so much focused on pulling out financial records and comparing business models (though it’s not bad), it’s really about how familiar are you with Facebook as an investment versus the hype you hear from media and others.
The vast majority of people who bought stock in these tech companies on IPO days have sold, the data show, and only investors in Jive averaged a positive return.
From all the media coverage, it certainly looks like it’ll be a big splash today with Facebook offering to 421 million shares.
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I know it may seem silly, but a lot of people want to know how to buy one share of Facebook stock.
Facebook may very well be hitting the NASDAQ on Friday, and I want my own little piece of that social media pie.
While One Share’s site won’t send you a notification about Facebook stock, they are really pushing you to buy, buy, buy! They also make it seem easy, and even have a blog with several posts about Facebook and if this is good for the company.
From One Share’s blog, “If you’re interested in getting a piece of this historic offering, Facebook shares will be available here on the OneShare site when they begin trading this Friday.
I think of DeHaemer as much more of a frontier market cowboy than a tech-stock analyst, but he’s certainly picked stocks in a wide variety of industries over the years — the latest ones that really got my readers fired up were Africa Oil, which Christian started touting last year to great success so far; and Petro Matad, which he touted a couple years back with huge initial success and then a complete collapse as their drilling in Mongolia disappointed.
And really, SSD or flash memory is a much closer tie to Apple than it is to facebook, as long as we’re debating indirect connections to popular stocks (since almost every Apple product contains flash memory or a SSD — an SSD, in our parlance, is really just a “hard drive replacement” made up of a stack of flash memory chips, though I could certainly be a bit off in my terminology).
The “Don’t buy Facebook’s IPO” bit is not from me, just to be clear — I doubt I’ll want to pay whatever the price is that FB costs when it’s actually trading on Friday (if it goes through as expected), but if I could get shares in the actual initial offering at the offering price, before it spikes up when Joe Trader can buy it, I’d sign on to the IPO in a heartbeat.
It’s a great business that can be a great stock, but I doubt most of us can buy at a great price on Friday (I do own one of the Facebook owners and may trade around that position next week if things get wacky, but we’ll see — I posted a note on that for the Irregulars earlier today).
So for whatever reason (I’m guessing it’s the “hey, that looks cheap!” impulse), OCZ stands out as particularly appealing to me among the flash memory stocks that I’ve taken a passing glance at in recent months.
Of course, I’d never heard of them before today, and it is just a passing glance, so I stand ready to accept any and all comments or ideas about the sector or the stock from those of you with far more experience with these companies … I don’t think I’ve owned a flash memory stock since a brief dalliance many years ago with Sandisk, so let’s hear what you think.
“Despite meeting the consensus estimate of $-0.11 per share in its First quarter report, announced May 01, 2012, the company’s stock dropped -7.18% following the announcement, a sign investors were expecting the company to beat the street or provide better guidance for future earnings.
I have no idea whether or not that’s attainable, it’s worth noting both that their weak spring so far has led analysts to slash current-year estimates (they had been over 50 cents) while also raising next year’s estimate from 80 cents to a buck; and that the analysts covering this stock have so far been terrible at guessing the earnings number.
And actually, though pretty much all of these memory stocks look cheap right now after getting clobbered, OCZ looks more appealing than most — they’re not profitable on a trailing 12 months basis, but they have built up their capacity and ramped up revenue growth very quickly and strategically, with a significant focus on flash memory in the server/data center market.
The “not profitable” situation is one that analysts see changing rapidly — they have improved their gross margins substantially with the switchover to NAND production, and analysts see them earning about 31 cents per share in the just-started fiscal year, so that’s a current-year PE of 16 or so.
But anyway, that’s not the point … the point is, we’re receiving teaser ads for Christian DeHaemer’s Crisis and Opportunity newsletter all about buying “Network Leveraged Entities” instead of buying facebook itself.
OCZ is a very small company, with a market cap of about $350 million and about $90 million in cash (all of that cash is from a recent public offering, they haven’t been generating cash on their own just yet) — they are a turnaround story, a company that was big in DRAM (yesterday’s story, apparently) and has turned itself into a big NAND supplier (the elephant brains of tomorrow).
Despite meeting the latest consensus estimate its average earnings surprise record is very poor; it has missed analysts’ estimates by an average of -80.00% over the last five reports” …(and more)…”Company Operates at a Loss and Will Have to Take Drastic Measures to Reverse Course and Avoid Insolvency” UMMM Think I’ll pass.
And it’s hard to argue with it, though hard disks are certainly still much bigger and more trusted when you’re dealing with large-scale stuff — the last computer we bought at HQ had no hard drive, just SSD, and it’s far faster than the machines we bought just a year or two ago … but I also can’t afford an SSD big enough to store my terabytes of photos of the adorable little Gumshoes, so it takes all kinds.
That’s certainly been a big chunk of the argument for one of last year’s most volatile IPO’s, Fusion-io (FIO), a NAND flash supplier that counts facebook as a big customer (though FIO took a tumble lately, and trades for a thousand times last year’s earnings still).
And they’ve gotten clobbered of late, along with most of the flash memory companies who’ve reported less-than-inspirational quarters — the downtrend has hit everyone, from Fusion-IO and STEC (STEC) on the small end to jumbo industry bellwethers like SanDisk (SNDK) and Micron (MU).
As he put it in a recent note, Facebook has been “increasing its footprint in the marketing and advertising world, winning advertising dollars from branding budgets and search and display budgets.” That hasn’t changed in the past month or so, even though the price tag on FB stock has.
And Facebook stock investors got particularly skittish in the face of Mark Zuckerberg’s recent buying spree — one that covered mobile messaging, drones and virtual reality companies.
All in all, the experts agree: There’s a lot to like about Facebook stock, even if investors haven’t been too keen about keeping or snatching up shares lately.

Owners of the Facebook Membership Units could sell their stocks through Sharespost private marketplace (though it’s not guaranteed that there will be a buyer) or at the point of a Facebook IPO (Initial Public Offering).
A former Facebook employee is selling 50,000 shares of their Facebook stock, according to Tim Sullivan of Sharespost.
Some Facebook insiders, such as former employees, have begun to sell their privately-held shares through new private exchanges such as Sharespost, SecondMarket, Cogent Partners and Campbell Luytens.
For example, Sharespost in this case is offering membership units in a newly-formed Delaware-based LLC that will hold up to 50,000 of Facebook’s privately-held shares at $20 per share.
I thought I’d share the basics of how buying privately-held stock works using Facebook (the topic of today’s call) as the example.
Facebook rofers their purchase of privately held Facebook stock about half the time it’s available, according to Sharespost’s Tim Sullivan.
You typically buy membership units in a new fund that buys the Facebook stock for a group of investors and you own your pro-rata % of the fund.
Facebook can exercise their right of first refusal (also known as a “rofer” or “rofering”) on stock that their insiders are trying to sell within 30 days of the attempted sale of the Facebook stock.

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