What is an IPO?

POSTED: 08:49 AM PST Feb 02, 2012    UPDATED: 07:39 AM PDT Jul 28, 2014 

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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