Spotify Stock Struggles On Day 2, Live Nation Rises

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Swedish music streaming company Spotify listed its shares on the public market for the first time last night as it started trading under SPOT on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company even chose Scandinavian minimalism for the listing - no executive turned up to fly the company's flag for the debut, and it turned down the tradition of new companies ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. "It's not manipulated or set by any puts and takes by banks or institutional investors", said Chi-Hua Chien, an early investor in Spotify who is now at San Mateo, California-based venture capital firm Goodwater Capital. Sweden's flag is blue and yellow.

So in order to figure out how much is going out in royalties, one would have to know what Sony was carrying the Spotify stock at on its books before the digital services shares began trading. Spotify's costs - including artist and record label fees - are greater than its revenue, although this gap is apparently narrowing, The Guardian notes.

Analysts' advice, however, is that companies are not to be misled by Spotify's first day on the market.

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However, Spotify is now entwined in an increasingly competitive music-streaming business, where nearly all of its main competitors are owned by tech giants whose music-streaming services are not their core business. However, reports suggest that Apple Music isn't far behind Spotify in the USA and is expected to surpass 36 million paid subscribers globally by the summer. Investors will most likely weigh the company's potential for growth, considering its 12-year streak of failing to turn a profit.

For its stock debut, Spotify hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and Allen & Co.as advisers and paid them about $36m in total.

Social media platform Snap Inc's high-profile IPO a year ago had been notable for being popular with Millennials, the primary user base for the company's mobile app Snapchat. It's not really been a good time for technology stocks, but on the day of Spotify's debut the Nasdaq closed up 1.06%.

Daniel is the Founder and CEO of Spotify, where he sets the company's overall vision. "Spotify has never been a normal kind of company". To date, the platform has 71 million premium subscribers.

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