Groupon’s Shares Continue Falling to Close at All-Time Low

Everyone loves a discount, and yet no one seems to be buying.

Less than five months after going public, Groupon’s stock is trading at more than half-off.

Today, the daily deals company’s shares slid another 3.2 percent, or 48 cents, to close at $14.54 a share. That’s less than half the $31.14 that some investors paid at the stock’s high point, just after it went public in early November.

At today’s close, the company’s stock hits a new low, though it slumped to similar levels at the end of November.

The stock has not recovered since last Friday, when Groupon revised its results for the fourth quarter due to higher-than-expected return rates during the holiday period.

Today, lawyers announced that multiple class actions have been filed against the Chicago company. The law firms, however, don’t have a lead plaintiff, and are looking for someone who participated in the company’s IPO and suffered financial losses. The complaint charges that certain officers issued materially false and misleading statements regarding financial results.

As part of the announcement on Friday, Groupon reaffirmed its guidance for the first quarter, and is still expecting revenue of up to $550 million, and net income from operations of up to $35 million. The company will release its first-quarter results on May 14.

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