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Monitors display Spotify Technology SA signage during the company's first day of trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

The music-, podcast-, and video-streaming company Spotify took a historic step as the company completed a direct listing, bypassing the traditional initial public offering and ditching Wall Street underwriters. He was born and raised in Stockholm, where he founded Spotify in 2006.

The error was quickly rectified, with the yellow and blue Swedish flag taking the place of the Swiss cross. According to Reuters, Spotify - trading as SPOT - had a largely stable first day of trading, and at closing time, the company's shares were trading at $149.01 per share, giving Spotify a massive market cap of $26.5 billion, bigger than Snap Inc. which made its stock market debut a year ago. However, it faces competition from Amazon and Apple and is reliant on the four big music companies which control rights to 87% of the music streamed on Spotify.

Spotify shares opened at $165.90, up almost 26 percent from a reference price of $132 set by the NYSE late on Monday.

Amid Spotify's methodical wait to list, MIDiA Research managing director Mark Mulligan called Tuesday "arguably the most anticipated day in the history of digital music". "This approach will save the company money, but will probably lead to volatility when the stock starts trading, as the market tries to find a price it's comfortable with".

We expect Spotify's operating costs to increase going forward, but at a slower pace relative to revenues over the next two years. Verna added that Spotify's business model of combining advertising revenue with subscription fees for its on-demand streaming service has "proven to be the most popular" compared with such competitors as Apple and Pandora.

Sony Corp. said it has sold 17.2 percent, or 1,748,304, of its 10,164,560 Spotify shares yesterday.

Spotify, like fellow tech firms such as Tesla and Uber, has never turned a profit. "Normally, companies don't pursue a direct listing", Daniel EK, the founder and CEO of Spotify, wrote in a blog post. To date, the platform has 71 million premium subscribers.

"I know the financials of the company, I think the management is solid", Simmons said.

Spotify has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to its ordinary shares.

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