We couldn't possibly have an end-of-year IPO list without mentioning what some were calling the worst IPO of the decade, if not all time. From a bungled first day of trading on the Nasdaq to disclosures that the company had provided selective information to large institutional investors, the whole thing was a mess from start to finish.
As Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote in the New York Times in September, "Facebook's market value has dropped more than $50 billion in 90 days. To put that in perspective, that's more market value than Lehman Brothers gave up in the entire year before it filed for bankruptcy." Facebook (FB) has rebounded some since, and it now trades at 28% below its offering price.
The Mayans weren't the only ones who got it wrong this year. Here are a few of the worst predictions of 2012.