Facebook could file papers for an initial public offering on stock markets as early as Wednesday, hoping to raise as much as $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
Facebook appears close to finalising a deal with the financial services company Morgan Stanley to serve as the lead underwriter of its stock offering, the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the plan.
Other high-profile social networking sites, including Groupon, have filed to go public this year, but Facebook, with more than 800 million users, is seen as a bellwether and a measure of how successful a tech IPO can be in the current investor environment.
The deal would value Facebook at $75 billion to $100 billion, the Journal reported.
The company hopes to raise $10 billion through the offering, more than any other technology IPO. A Facebook spokesman said the company would not comment on "IPO-related speculation."