Will Facebook kick-start online stock frenzy?

Elliot Lane

As Facebook's highly anticipated IPO reaches fever pitch, anxious investors believe the bubble might burst after its online rivals still show disappointing results.

Its offering, expected to raise £6.3bn in stock, has been predicted to be the biggest market listing this year, and as the prodigal son of the social media boom, investors expect Facebook to kick-start an online stock frenzy.