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Facebook stock rises to near IPO level

The world’s biggest online social network has been on a roll since it reported stronger than expected earnings on 24 July.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg delivers a speech during Global Women Leadership Summit in Tokyo on 2 July
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg delivers a speech during Global Women Leadership Summit in Tokyo on 2 July
Image: Shizuo Kambayashi/ AP Photo/ Press Association

FACEBOOKS’S STOCK CAME  within pennies of its $38 IPO price for the first time since its rocky initial public offering more than a year ago.

Shares of Facebook Inc. rose $2.18, or 6.2 per cent, to close at $37.61 on Tuesday. The stock hit $37.96 in afternoon trading.

The world’s biggest online social network has been on a roll since it reported stronger than expected earnings on 24 July. Investors are especially upbeat about its fast-growing mobile advertising revenue. Facebook’s ability to grow mobile revenue was one of the biggest concerns in the weeks leading up to its IPO last year.

Investors were worried that its ad business was not moving to mobile gadgets as quickly as its user base. Facebook now derives 41 per cent of its ad revenue from mobile advertising.

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