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IPO Filing Could Come From Facebook By Next Week

Facebook could file for its IPO next week, The Wall Street Journal reports.

One of the most speculated-upon private tech companies could file for its initial public offering as soon as next week, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Facebook may select Morgan Stanley to underwrite the IPO and could submit the required papers by February 1, contradicting rumors that

One of the most speculated-upon private tech companies could file for its initial public offering as soon as next week, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Facebook may select Morgan Stanley to underwrite the IPO and could submit the required papers by February 1, contradicting rumors that speculated the company would wait until the summer to go public.

"Facebook could file papers for the IPO as early as this coming Wednesday, but that timing is still being discussed, said a person familiar with the matter," the newspaper reports. The person told the Journal that Facebook's valuation could range from $75 billion to $100 billion.

Sheryl Sandberg had been announced as the keynote speaker for a May event at Harvard Business School, CNN Money reported Thursday, the day before the news broke. The news source noted at the time that the move would be "highly unusual," because there are a number of Securities and Exchange Commission rules demanding quiet periods for public companies.

"If Facebook files next Wednesday, our assumption was incorrect," the source commented Friday. "If it doesn't, then the waiting game just continues."

CNN noted that if all the deals go through as anticipated, it would be the largest tech IPO in history. The speculative fires were also fueled by Facebook's decision to stop secondary trades of private shares for three days, the source said.

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