What is an IPO?

Published On: Feb 02 2012 08:49:10 AM PST   Updated On: Jul 28 2014 07:39:32 AM PDT

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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How is the price band decided? Most companies are free to price their shares, but some must request permission. The prices are decided by the company's board of directors after consulting a bookrunner.

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