What is an IPO?

Published On: Feb 02 2012 10:49:10 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 07 2013 08:22:42 AM CST

As Twitter launches its IPO, find out more about an initial public stock offering and what it means for a company.

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What is an IPO? Initial public offering (IPO) is an offering of stock or shares to the general public by a company which wants to raise capital for the first time.

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