Blackstone Shares Slip Below Offer Price

Private-equity firm Blackstone Group went public on Friday. It was one of Wall Street's most anticipated offerings in years. But when trading finished Tuesday, the share price had slipped lower than its initial price of $31. That has some people wondering about the buyout boom, partly because of a bill in Congress that could more than double the taxes that firms like Blackstone pay.

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That private equity company went public on Friday. It was one of Wall Street's most anticipated offerings in years. But it has not lived up to its opening splash. When trading finished yesterday, the share price had slipped lower than its initial price of $31. That's got some people wondering about the boom in private equity firms that buy other companies and retool them, sell them again. There's a bill in Congress that could more than double the taxes that firms like Blackstone pay.

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