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Facebook IPO: Great Company vs Great Stock
CNBC.com | May 10, 2012 | 01:41 PM EDT

Ahead of the Faecbook IPO , famed tech investor Dan Niles reveals how he’d trade Facebook, when shares go public.“In that first instant I expect Facebook will trade at a ridiculous valuation,” he says. “I’d sit back and see where it settles.”“Remember, there’s a difference between a great company and a great stock,” he tells us. “If you look at Groupon, LinkedIn and Zynga – they came out and from day 1 to a month later you lost from 20-40 percent.”

“And all those companies (listed above) are all growing faster than Facebook on a year over year revenue basis -- and yet they all came down.“However, he adds, once the dust settles, he’ll weigh valuations. “Long-term Facebook is a great company,” says Niles.Other Tech TradesAlong with Facebook, Niles has a handful of other stocks on the radar – all of which are related to advances in the mobile Internet.He believes smart phones are at an inflection point – and his strategy is to invest in the transition.

In the space, he likes the following:VeraFoneGlu MobileMicrosoft“There are 5.6 billion people in the world with phones – and only 800,000 are smartphones. 3 years from now they will all be smartphones,” he says. And the companies mentioned above stand to benefit most.

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