According to this article [news.ft.com] out today on the Financial Times:
Google is considering holding a massive online auction of shares early next year in an initial public offering that investment bankers predict could value the internet search-engine company at more than $15bn.
An electronic auction would be designed to prevent a recurrence of the sort of financial scandals that have engulfed Wall Street since the collapse of the dotcom bubble, according to a person close to the company.
15 billion means a 1 to 100 quote/profit. normally it is 1/20 to 1/30. so there's a lot of air in it already adwords has 150.000 users. is it possible for a lot of businnes to rise the cpc for adwords whitout making a lose?
I'm dutch, can people who aren't a financial institute short stocks in america? can't googleguy give us a prefered partner program? greetz hercules
People never learn! Fools rush in gladly as they say. I applaud Google's taking matters into their own hands and picking the Wall Street maggots off their pie, however Google will do what is in ITS best interest, not ours. I wouldn't touch a share of Google on IPO day with a 50 foot pole, except to short it (which I don't do anyway because I have no experience.) If you want to buy Google so badly then wait a week or so until the price settles to its true level. As for some sharper posters on this topic, they are right to say that the fact that Google is not very diversified counts for a lot. It's always better to bet your money on diversified companies, even though you may reap much smaller rewards up front you also have much less risk. As for the P/E ratio...if it goes over 25 or so bail out. All of these tech stock with P/Es of 40-80 are just objects of speculation and WILL deflate again when those same Wall Street maggots start to take profits. Of course if you have a lot of money you can afford to lose then by all means take the risk.
According to Reuters [reuters.co.uk], a flotation of the privately-owned firm is pencilled in for early next year, a deal that could value Google at up to $25bn (£14.7bn) - slightly more than listed online retailer Amazon.