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Facebook to Join the S&P 500 on December 20

FacebookStandard & Poor’s on Wednesday said Facebook will join its S&P 500 stock index after the close of trading on December 20, cementing the social media network’s rise into one of the biggest, most powerful U.S. companies. The decision follows Facebook reporting its fourth straight profitable quarter in October, one of the criteria that S&P uses to determine eligibility for the index. Facebook shares rose 4.3 percent to $51.51 following S&P’s announcement after regular market hours. Shares often rise after a company is tapped for inclusion in the S&P 500, because many investors track the index and buy shares of companies that enter it. The Menlo Park, California-based company’s shares had closed Wednesday down 87 cents at $49.38, about 30 percent above their $38 initial offering price in May 2012, and giving it a roughly $121 billion market value, Reuters data show.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.