Facebook stock closes above $50 for first time ever

MENLO PARK, Calif.

Facebook stock is now up 88 percent this year.

That's a stunning reversal from its IPO last year, when shares dropped more than 35 percent within a few months.

Investors who were willing to hold on are now reaping the benefits.

At the end of trading Thursday, Facebook shares closed at $50.39. That's up nearly a dollar from Wednesday.

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