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Nasdaq reportedly in settlement talks over flubbed Facebook IPO

Nasdaq reportedly in settlement talks over flubbed Facebook IPO
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, center, rings the Nasdaq opening bell May 18 from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Zef Nikolla / Associated Press)

Nasdaq soon may pay a penalty for its flawed handling of Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering.

But it may not be paying all that much.

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The Wall Street Journal reported that Nasdaq is in settlement talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission to pay about $5 million to resolve the agency's eight-month investigation of Nasdaq's technological miscues in the closely watched IPO.

That would be a fraction of the estimated $500 million lost by brokers and investors, according to the Journal.

Nasdaq is in separate negotiations with customers about potential reimbursement for losses incurred in the May 18 offering.

Among other snafus, Nasdaq failed to send trade confirmations to investors, leaving them confused about whether they bought shares and the prices they paid.

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