NEW YORK — Rather than igniting a new market boom, Facebook Inc.’s much-touted initial public offering fizzled Friday, leaving investors right where they were before the hubbub — mired in worries over Europe’s economy and political morass.
Shares of the social media company closed up just 23 cents to $38.23 — having risen to as high as $45 in midday trading. That gives the company a market capitalization of $105.63 billion. There were hopes that a rising Facebook would help other new economy companies, but shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell 2.1 percent to $213.85 and eBay Inc. sank 1.7 percent to $38.36.
The S&P Retail Index declined 0.6 percent, or 3.58 points, to 590.78 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.6 percent, or 73.11 points, to 12,369.38. European markets also declined, with London’s FTSE 100 leading the way down with a drop of 1.3 percent to 5,267.62
Running countertrend were three companies that weighed in with first-quarter results. Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. gained 9.3 percent to $1.29 after its losses narrowed; Aéropostale Inc. rose 4.4 percent to $18.49 despite a 34.5 percent profit drop, and Ann Inc. rose 3.2 percent to $26.68 after topping analyst earnings expectations.
For Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg, the IPO might well be an “out of the frying pan and into the fire” moment. The intense buildup to the offering is over, but the scrutiny and second guessing that all public companies enjoy is just beginning. A few fashion industry titans weighed in with some advice on how Zuckerberg might handle all the new attention.
“To Mark Zuckerberg: Congratulations, well done!” said Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. “Just remember: When looking at all the other people in your space that nothing stays golden forever. Start thinking about tomorrow today.”
Michael Kors added, “Don’t pay attention to fashion naysayers, Mr. Zuckerberg! I wore black crewnecks, black jackets and jeans before my IPO and I continue to do so after. It’s your talent, vision and performance that people are interested in.”
Donna Karan had a slightly different take: “He doesn’t need our advice — he should advise us. Really, though, there are so many things that need help in this world, and he can help, and help us, make the big changes.”
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle