initial public offerings (IPOs) trading on American exchanges

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Best and worst IPOs of 2012 : Five Below (FIVE) +119%; Facebook (FB) -26.3%

+119% return; Best out of 101 U.S. IPOs in 2012 with an offer size of at least $100 million.

The retailer Five Below (FIVE) sells candy, stationery and beauty products aimed at teenagers, with products priced at $5 or less. The company, which held its initial public offering in July, is growing sales at a rate of 47 percent per year.

Facebook (FB):  -26.3% The social network Facebook (FB) plunged as much as 53 percent after its $16 billion debut in May. The stock rallied after third-quarter sales rose 32 percent, beating analysts' estimates.

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