SecondMarket, an exchange that lets private investors trade shares of privately held companies, revealed a short history of LinkedIn's
How's that compare to LinkedIn's value over the past year? See for yourself:
Source: SecondMarket. April 2011 share price extrapolated from previous month.
At $122 a share, LinkedIn trades at about 25 times forward revenue, and some ungodly multiple of earnings. How crazy is that? Really, really crazy. Best advice: Keep your distance.
Then again, investors had similar feelings toward Baidu
After a series of missteps, Google finally pulled off its much-hyped initial public offering yesterday. The good news about this unusual I.P.O., which sought to deprive Wall Street banks of full control over the sale, is that it made it easier for individual investors to buy the stock. Of course, that may also be the bad news. At its closing price of just above $100 yesterday, Google is valued at a bubbly $27 billion.
Google is now worth $170 billion, and plenty think it's still a bargain.
What do you think about LinkedIn's IPO?
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