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Facebook stock gets a much-needed Zuckerberg boost

Facebook is still riding the wave of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's first public comments since the IPO went public. Zuckerberg's acknowledgement that the company cares about making money as well as making the world more 'open and connected' sent Facebook stock up 7.7 percent Wednesday.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles during a "fireside chat" at a conference organized by technology blog TechCrunch in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Zuckerberg gave his first interview since the company's rocky initial public offering in May, sending Facebook stock up 7.7 percent on Wednesday.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg's talk of Facebook's mobile prospects and his acknowledgment that the company cares about making money as well as making the world "more open and connected" lifted the battered shares of Facebook stock on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Zuckerberg spoke at a tech conference in San Francisco in his first interview since Facebook's rocky initial public offering in May. The stock has lost roughly half its value since the IPO. On Wednesday it gained $1.50, or 7.7 percent, to close at $20.93, still 45 percent below its IPO price of $38.

"He explained past missteps and challenges related to mobile and provided reasons for related optimism," wrote S&P Capital IQ equity analyst Scott Kessler in a note to investors. "In addition, Zuckerberg expressed disappointment related to the IPO and stock price, but indicated (that Facebook) cares about its shareholders, and that the company has had its share of ups and downs over the years."

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