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Snapchat, an app once written off as a sexting tool, is now worth more than $30 billion — and the people who recognized its value early enough are in for a big payday.

Snap (SNAP), the parent company of Snapchat, saw its stock open at $24 a share in its public market debut Thursday, valuing it at about $33 billion.

At that price, Snap will spawn a new group of paper billionaires and millionaires.

Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel, Snap’s secretive 26-year-old CEO and cofounder, is credited with being the company’s guiding force and product visionary. So it’s only fitting he will come away with the biggest haul from the IPO.

Spiegel’s 210 million shares are now worth $5.06 billion based on the opening price. Spiegel planned to sell 16 million shares as part of the IPO, netting another $272 million.

And, if that’s not enough, he’s entitled to receive another 36.8 million shares over the next three years as a “CEO Award” for taking the company public, according to Snap’s IPO filing.

free stock trading: Avangrid, Inc.(AGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with James Torgerson, CEO of Avangrid (AGR) , the wind-power utility which just posted a three-cents-a-share earnings beat. Shares of Avangrid are up 10% for the year with a 4% dividend yield.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Avangrid (AGR) was formed late last year by the merger of New England-based utility UIL Holdings (UIL) with the U.S. subsidiary of the Spanish utility giant Iberdrola SA (IBRDY).

free stock trading: Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc.(ALDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDR) posted a new 52-week low of $13.50on Tuesday, down nearly 28% compared with Monday’s closing price of $18.70. The stock’s 52-week high is $36.48. Volume totaled more than 12 million shares, about 12 times the daily average of around 720,000. The company reported that its migraine treatment reported a positive result, but investors were not impressed.

free stock trading: Taranis Resources Inc. (TNREF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    While this can mean excess volatility on the world markets, a silver lining (pun intended) is that mining companies are growing in market favor. Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCBB: TNREF) (TSE: TRO.V), a mining and mineral exploration company based in Colorado and Vancouver, BC, is well positioned for growth in the current volatile markets, largely due to its Thor Deposit, an advanced-stage gold-silver-lead-zinc-copper mineral deposit that has near-surface mineralization that can be extracted with a low cost, open pit mine. Recent discoveries in The Thor Deposit, which is 100% owned by Taranis (OTCBB: TNREF) (TSE: TRO.V), indicate that the area could be prime for development into a significantly bigger mine.

free stock trading: Media General, Inc.(MEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Media General Inc (NYSE: MEG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $340.17 million.

    National Health Investors Inc (NYSE: NHI) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.17 per share on revenue of $57.82 million.

free stock trading: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

free stock trading: Golfsmith International Holdings Inc.(GOLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap golf equipment stockAcushnet Holdings Corp (NYSE: GOLF):

    Acushnet Holdings has been on our watchlist for a while too, but it’s only been in the past few days we’ve seen the cracks start to appear.

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