Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spotify Ends Solid First Trading Day At $26.7B Valuation | hypebot

image from www.hypebot.comSpotify stock ended its first day as a public company with a valuation of $26.7 billion.  The stock closed at $149.95 as more than 3o million shares traded hands at between $148.26 to and $169. 

The closing price was 14% of the $132 reference price set by the New York Stock Exchange  prior to the start of trading.  But while it was a solid start for Spotify, particularly at a time when the markets are volatile, there were some signs of choppy waters ahead.

Spotify stock opened the day at $165.90 with a total of 5.6 million shares changing hands in the first trade.  The closing price of $19.95 was 9% lower than that, and after hours trading was even lower, hovering around $149.  

Analysts are also worried about Spotify's path to profitability. Gabelli & Co. analyst John Tinker initiated his coverage of Spotify with a "hold" rating. "Apple is growing faster than Spotify and has a different business model whereby music does not have to be profitable on a standalone basis," Tinker wrote. He predicted $130 per share market value for the stock this year.

MORE: What Analysts Are Saying About Spotify

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