What is Facebook’s IPO date?

Our best guess is you can look for your opportunity to buy stock in Facebook around…

Now that Facebook has filed an S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company’s actual IPO date is drawing near. It’s unclear when shares in the company will start trading, but we can make a rough guess.

Facebook filed its 200-page Form S-1 on February 1, 2012. The SEC, NASD and state securities organizations must approve the S-1 before Facebook shares can start trading. That process takes anywhere from 20 to 60 days. That means Facebook shares could start trading as early as the end of February. In all likelihood, though, it will probably take longer for Facebook’s S-1 to get approved.

Facebook’s S-1 weighs in at 14MB and 200 pages. It’s also been subject to close public scrutiny. The SEC will want to ensure everything’s correct, and that means they’ll probably take closer to 60 days to approve the filing. If they find any omissions or need clarifications, they could require Facebook to file an amended S-1, which could further delay the IPO process.

Our best guess is you can look for your opportunity to buy stock in Facebook around the end of March or beginning of April 2012.

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