Facebook is joining a new social network -- the Nasdaq-100 to be precise.
The California-based social media company will join the elite index on Dec. 12, replacing Infosys, an Indian tech company that is moving its U.S. listing to the New York Stock Exchange.
The move is not exactly a surprise. The Nasdaq-100 includes the 100 largest non-financial securities trading in the market. And with a market capitalization of around $60 billion, Facebook (FB) was next in line.
Facebook's ascension to blue-chip status would not have been possible just last year. But Nasdaq made rule changes -- before Facebook listed -- that shortened the "seasoning" period required for companies looking to join its marquee indices.
Previously, companies were prohibited from joining the Nasdaq-100 until a two-year seasoning period was completed. In April, Nasdaq announced the minimum waiting period was being shortened to only three months.
The changes were thought to be made specifically with Facebook in mind -- part of Nasdaq's campaign to woo the tech company.
Investors continued to punish Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Thursday, a day after the company issued a grim outlook for 2013.
Hewlett-Packard extended the previous day's decline, after getting hammered on Wednesday. The stock has had a rough year, sinking more than 40% so far. That makes HP the worst Dow (INDU) performer by far this year.
In fact, it's been a tough couple of years for HP as the company struggles to stay MORECatherine Tymkiw - Oct 4, 2012 12:47 PM ET
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