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  • Michael Lee
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  • Facebook . fb . SEAS . SeaWorld . Yelp .

Remember the Better Business Bureau (BBB)? (They're actually still around but not as relevant as in years past.) I remember the BBB. I remember, in my youth, thinking that if I saw a business with the BBB accreditation sticker on their window, it meant that the business was legitimate and better than its non-accredited competitors. I also remember thinking that, if ever I had a complaint about a business, I could contact the BBB and they would sort it out…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • $100 billion . aapl . Apple . Facebook . fb . goog . Google . Initial public offering . IPO . P/E ratio . Wayne Gretzky . znga .

Yes, Facebook changed the world. But should you buy the IPO hype? I say no, and here's why. Let's start with the numbers. The company, with an expected valuation of $75 billion to $100 billion, is profitable but not as profitable as it should be to put up numbers like that. With a 2011 revenue of $3.8 billion and an operating profit around $1.5 billion, the company has an operating margin of 39.74% (Kapitall); nothing to write home about. Top…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Facebook . goog . Google . Initial public offering . Investing . Investor . Stocks and Bonds .

Purchasing a promising company's stock right out of the public offering gates can yield great returns for long term investors. Example: Google Inc. (GOOG). The stock opened at $100.00 in 2004 and is currently trading above $500.00. But I'm not an investor who holds stocks for years. Instead, I currently find success in riding the short term trends, holding stocks for only a few weeks to a few months. So, do Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) have a place in my…

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