The Company’s stock crashes after financial analytics firm Selerity posts a quarterly report before the stock market closes. The report shows revenue growth at 74 percent in the quarter, which is below the company’s own forecasts. Twitter shares plunge on the news, and trading briefly halts so the company can disseminate its results. The drop steepens and the stock ends the day down about 18 percent. Executives attribute the slowdown to a transition to an advertising model that prices certain ads based on the result, such as whether the viewer downloaded an app, instead of whether the person simply clicks on it.
Alibaba ($BABA) closes at $93.89 a share on its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The closing level is 38% higher than its IPO price of $68 but only 1.3% higher than its trading debut of $92.70.
The selling price of $92.70 in the first trade of Alibaba shares translates to an overall $7.9 billion gain from the $68 IPO price given the 320.1 million-share float. Figures from data provider Dealogic show the sum total created by all other stock debuts in 2014 including first-day losers is $5.3 billion.
— NYSE (@nyse) September 19, 2014
News Corp reporter Tom Lauricella says hedge funds likely didn’t take kindly to the fact that the IPO allocation apparently focused on institutional investors:
— Tom Lauricella (@LauricellaTom) September 19, 2014
The New York Stock Exchange says it will keep a blue Tao doll presented to it to commemorate the Alibaba IPO on permanent display:
— NYSE (@nyse) September 18, 2014
Eight Alibaba customers ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on the company’s first trading day.