Facebook Surges While Zuckerberg Discusses 2012 IPO and 2 Other Hot Stocks to Watch

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB): Current price $45.01

Shares seem to be on track for new all-time highs Thursday, trading up around 0.80 percent in heavy volume, having touched $45.62. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is commenting that the now-famous Facebook IPO in May last year made the company stronger. He preferred to not take the company public at that time, but now that the shares are steadily rising, he has changed his mind – they are up nearly 70 percent in 2013.

Late Wednesday during an interview at the conference staged by AOL Inc.’s TechCrunch blog, Zuckerberg observed that, “We run our company a lot better now. In retrospect, I was too afraid of going public. I have been very outspoken about staying private as long as possible, but I don’t think it’s that necessary to do that.”