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Updated from 11:41 a.m. EST to provide more analysis from the IPO.



) -- It's finally here.


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has finally gone public, with the first trade at $42.05 per share, but the debut has not been as strong as some had expected.

The stock jumped up to $45 right away then ran down to their pricing level of $38 but never went negative. At last check, the shares were changing hands at $40.88, rising 7.6%. Volume is massive with


reporting that more than 80 million shares changed hands in the first 30 seconds of action. Over 280 million shares have traded so far today.

After Thursday's close, Facebook

priced its IPO

at $38 per share, raising more than $16 billion in the largest tech offering in U.S. history. It's right behind


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as the largest IPO in history.

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There has been much hype surrounding the IPO, despite

worries about insiders cashing out.

Facebook filed an eighth version of its S-1 on Wednesday, increasing the number of Class A common stock from just over 337 million shares to 421.2 million shares. Shareholders such as

Goldman Sachs

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, venture capital firms

Accel Partners




Greylock Partners

and others significantly raised the amount of shares they are selling.

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