What is an IPO?

Published On: Feb 02 2012 11:49:10 AM EST   Updated On: Jul 28 2014 10:39:32 AM EDT

As Virgin America file for an IPO, find out more about an initial public stock offering and what it means for a company.

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Following an IPO, the company gets listed and its shares are traded on stock exchanges.

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