Citigroup will attempt to recoup some of the $20 million or so it claims to have lost during Facebook’s botched initial public offering last May 18 by filing a claim for compensation from Nasdaq parent Nasdaq OMX Group, according to Dow Jones Newswires.
Many banks are turning to Facebook as a way to reach out to their customers. New statistics by Quintly (formerly AllFacebook Stats) show that Bank of America leads the pack in this regard, with more Facebook fans than any other financial institution.
The sentiment on Wall Street following Facebook’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday was more negative than positive, with many analysts pointing to the social network’s staggering spending forecast for 2013 in lowering their ratings.
For a majority of brand marketers, when it comes to creating Facebook strategies, nine times out of 10, the most popular is the one that generated the largest amount of Facebook likes for brand pages. The conventional wisdom went that the larger the community on Facebook, the greater the chances of promoting whatever the brand wanted to do, whether it was a new product, campaign, etc.
The state of Massachusetts fined Citigroup $2 million after finding that one of the company’s junior analysts improperly disclosed confidential information prior to Facebook’s May 18 initial public offering, according to reports.
Embattled stock exchange Nasdaq countered objections to its plan to compensate firms affected by the technical issues that marred Facebook’s initial public offering, saying in a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week that none of the points brought up by critics of the plan was enough for the SEC to reject it.
Add UBS to the list of financial firms that are unhappy with the $62 million settlement proposal by Nasdaq parent Nasdaq OMX Group to compensate firms affected by the technical issues that marred Facebook’s initial public offering, as it followed the lead of Citigroup in sending a long letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
While Citadel Securities may have been content with the $62 million settlement proposal by Nasdaq parent Nasdaq OMX Group to compensate firms affected by the technical issues that marred Facebook’s initial public offering, the reaction from Citigroup was quite the opposite.
As expected, Nasdaq announced its plan to compensate investors affected by the technical issues that marred Facebook’s initial public offering, upping the total that it will pay out to $62 million from its previous proposal of $40 million.
A total of 38.5 percent of the 421,233,615 Facebook shares purchased by underwriters prior to its initial public offering went to Morgan Stanley, while E*Trade, which had been touted as the best source of stock in the social network for individual investors, received only 0.05 percent of the shares, according to an amendment to Facebook’s S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, filed after the close of trading Friday.