Snapchat set for IPO surge

Snap has enough demand to push its IPO valuation as high as $25 billion

Snap has enough demand to push its IPO valuation as high as $25 billion

And when trading officially began (under the symbol SNAP), the opening stock price had already inflated to $24 per share, increasing the company's valuation to about $33 billion.

The young company saw user growth slow to a halt in the final months of a year ago, according to its original IPO filing last month. The company's fate on Wall Street also stands to serve as a litmus test of sorts that will help us understand if the age of overhyped social media companies is coming to a close. After all, Snap's shareholders will still retain one lever of control: "Investors can vote with their feet", Feldman says. The $17 initial offering price valued the company at about $24 billion, a number that has since risen with the Venice, CA, company's share price shooting above $25, as of this writing. There was enough investor interest for Snap to raise its IPO price more, according to Zell, but it likely wants to see the stock pop on the first day of trading.

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Facebook shares, on the other hand, are 259% higher since their first day of trading - the company proving doubters wrong in the crucial area of mobile advertising revenue.

Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, said: "Looking at the numbers any prospective investors will be taking an enormous leap of faith on a company which is haemorrhaging cash".

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Shares of Snap, the parent of Snapchat, have surged 41 per cent in their debut, as this year's most-hyped technology public offering joins the bourse. In its IPO filing released last month, Snap warned of slowing user growth. "On average, 158 million people use Snapchat daily, and over 2.5 billion Snaps are created every day". In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg became an instant billionaire 19 times over when Facebook went public (even if that IPO didn't go as planned).

However, its net loss widened 38 percent a year ago.

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While Snapchat is a camera-driven app-the majority of messages sent between users contain videos or photos taken with users' phones-it seems a stretch to think that this is what CEO Evan Spiegel means by "camera company".

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