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Facebook Delays IPO

The social media giant is pushing back its market debut until late 2012, the Financial Times reports

The chilly IPO market just iced over. 

The hotly anticipated public debut of Facebook has been pushed back until late 2012, the Financial Times reports citing "people familiar with the company." 

The social media giant had been expected to go public in April of 2012, with analysts speculating that it could be the biggest IPO in history. 

The initial public offering is expected to be pegged to an $100 billion valuation, probably setting a new high watermark for technology companies. 

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A spokesperson for Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

Facebook's Silicon Valley brethren such as Zynga and Groupon have delayed their IPOs in the wake of the recent market downturn. 

It was a stunning reversal to what had been a sizzling environment for tech companies looking to trade publicly. With valuations for web and social media companies climbing into the tens of billions, May was reportedly the busiest month for tech IPOs since 2000.

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After the debt ceiling crisis and economic headaches in Greece brought the stock market to its knees, the appetite for going public vanished. Last month was the slowest for IPOs since July 2009. 

However, in Facebook's case, the weakened economy is apparently not the reason for the date shift. The Times reports that CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes the company is well-capitalized and wants to keep the focus on product development.

Last winter, Facebook raised $1.5 billion from Goldman Sachs and other investors.