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Twitter's Stock Opens 73 Percent Above IPO Price

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, left, co-founder Biz Stone, center, and Amir Movafaghi, right, Twitter's Director of Treasury and Strategic Finance, applaud as shares begin trading in their IPO, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (Richard Drew/AP)
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, left, co-founder Biz Stone, center, and Amir Movafaghi, right, Twitter's Director of Treasury and Strategic Finance, applaud as shares begin trading in their IPO, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (Richard Drew/AP)

It’s business as usual at Twitter’s headquarters following the most highly anticipated stock debut since Facebook’s last year, while an analyst says the high debut price suggests the IPO was managed well.

Twitter is trading under the ticker symbol “TWTR.” Twitter’s stock opened at $45.10, or 73 percent above its IPO price, valuing Twitter at more than $31 billion. Expect some volatility throughout the day, though: It has traded as high as $50.09 and is now at $45.04.

Twitter priced the initial public offering of stock at $26 per share, valuing the company at more than $18 billion based on its outstanding stock, options and restricted stock that’ll be available after the IPO. The pricing means the short messaging service will raise $1.8 billion in the offering, before expenses.

The high price comes despite the fact that Twitter has never turned a profit in seven years of existence. Revenue has been growing, but the company is also investing heavily in more data centers and hiring more employees.

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