Snapchat Parent Rockets Higher in Wall St. Debut

Snapchat co-founders Bobby Murphy, left, and CEO Evan Spiegel ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday as the company celebrates its IPO. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The company behind Snapchat is trading sharply higher in its Wall Street debut.

Early Thursday afternoon, shares of Snap Inc. were up $8.10, or 47.7 percent, to $25.10 a share.

It had priced its initial public offering of 200 million non-voting shares at $17 each on Wednesday. That was above the expected range of $14 to $16.

Snap’s IPO is one of the most anticipated for a technology company since Twitter’s in 2013. That, in turn, had created the biggest stir since Facebook took its first bow on Wall Street in 2012. Twitter is now valued at $11 billion, while Facebook is $395 billion. Snap’s pricing valued the Los Angeles company at $24 billion.