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Facebook shares plunge to all time low

End of lock-up period prompts selling spree.

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Facebook shares fell to a new low last night as the first lock-up period ended, meaning some of the company's early investors could cash their holdings.

Investors who had sold some of their stock in May had been stopped from further selling for 90 days, but as this time ended the sudden large volume of selling suggested a rush for the door. 271 million shares became available for sale on the stock market last night, and the stock fell to almost half the IPO.

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