Our attorneys are investigating allegations that investors may have overpaid if they bought stock at Uber’s IPO price. Uber launched its initial public offering at $45 per share, only to see its stock drop by 18%.

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Uber's Investment Bankers Forced to Do "Naked Short" to Prop Up Stock Price

CNBC reports that Uber’s investment bank for its IPO (Morgan Stanley) had to do a “naked short” to prop up Uber’s share price. A naked short, according to Investopedia, involves “selling shares that have not been affirmatively determined to exist.” Naked short selling was banned after the 2008 financial crisis, but there is an exception for IPOs, according to CNBC.

Uber’s investment bankers were already given extra shares to sell in case the stock price needed a boost, according to CNBC. Called a “greenshoe,” extra allotments of 115% of shares are common during IPOs, reports CNBC. But Morgan Stanley needed to go beyond this 115% to try to prop up Uber’s sagging share price, says CNBC.

Some potential investors received advance notice before the IPO that Morgan Stanley would use naked short selling to ensure that Uber’s stock price remained high, according to CNBC.

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Uber's Profit Measurements are Misleading, WSJ reports

According to the Wall Street Journal, Uber used a profit measurement that is not sanctioned by standard accounting practices. In its disclosures to investors, Uber said that it earned $940 million last year in “core platform contribution profit,” reports WSJ. When using standard accounting measures, WSJ reports, Uber had a $3 billion operating loss.

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