|Facebook has been approved to trade under the ticker symbol 'FB'|
The Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm is expected to price its IPO on Thursday, and begin trading on Friday.
Facebook could raise as much as $13.6 billion, representing the maximum proposed size of the offering, which would reflect the sale of 388 million shares at $35 each.Excluding an over-allotment of 50.6 million shares, however, and assuming an IPO price of $31.50 a share, the midpoint of its range, Facebook would raise $10.6 billion. The company estimates that the new proceeds from its offering will be about $5.6 billion, assuming a midpoint price range. --Written by James Rogers in New York. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/jamesjrogers. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com. Check out our new tech blog, Tech Trends. Follow TheStreet Tech on your wireless devices.