Facebook's IPO was 6 years ago today -- here's how much you'd have made if you invested $1,000 back in the day

FacebookMark Zuckerberg addresses the crowd outside the Nasdaq stock exchange on May 18, 2012.
  • Facebook held its initial public offering on May 18, 2012, six years ago Friday.
  • A $US1,000 stock investment bought at the closing price on that day would be worth almost $US4,800 today.

Friday is the sixth anniversary of Facebook‘s initial public offering, and an investor at that time would have made a nice return between then and now.

Facebook initially offered its stock at $US38 per share on the morning of May 18, 2012, and closed trading that day just above that, at $US38.23, according to data from Yahoo Finance.

This chart shows the value of a $US1,000 investment bought at that closing price of $US38.23 over the following six years. As of 9:40 a.m. ET on Friday, that investment would be worth $US4,792.83 at Facebook’s per-share price of $US183.23.

That’s a bit lower than the stock’s all-time-high closing price of $US193.09, set on February 1, before the Cambridge Analytica data scandal sent the stock tumbling for several weeks. But it’s still an impressive increase.

Here’s the value of $US1,000 invested on Facebook’s opening day over the past six years.

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