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Spotify had a wimpy market listing, and that's okay

05 April 2018

Spotify (SPOT) opened at $165.90 a share on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday bringing the companies value to $30 billion.

Spotify is hovering around $29 billion in market value on its first day of trading as the streaming music service hopes to gain ground in a growing industry.

Spotify has around 36 percent of the nascent but growing music streaming market worldwide, according to Statista.

The popular music streaming service took an unusual route to initial public offering (IPO), opting for a direct listing. Based on those orders, the opening price will be set based on a designated market maker's determination of where buy orders can be matched with sell orders at a single price.

Analysts' advice, however, is that companies are not to be misled by Spotify's first day on the market.

Their music-streaming services are additive to their user ecosystems, which leaves Spotify essentially alone in the quest to design models to keep its business profitable. But it still does not make a profit and faces intense competition from Apple and others.

"Investors are right to have some reservations".

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Spotify's IPO made for an exciting day on Wall Street.

'Like many tech companies Spotify comes with an exciting growth story and a few hazard signs too. On a comparable basis the Apple Music service has 46 million subscribers. Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and chief executive, owns the Washington Post newspaper, which has been highly critical of Trump.

The swindle saw the scammer run over 1,000 paid-for premium accounts, using them to play only his or her music for around four months, and collecting a large cheque as a result.

Dropbox is now valued at $12.4 billion, while Spotify closed yesterday with a valuation of $26.5 billion. Negative sentiment toward the IPO rose as the date approached and the expected trading price climbed, said Pierce Crosby, StockTwits director of business development, based in NY.

Inc. owned 5.7 percent of Spotify's total shares.

Spotify's other top shareholders are co-founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, hedge fund Tiger Global and venture capital firm TCV.

Spotify had a wimpy market listing, and that's okay