The $1.6 Trillion Behind Facebook's "Pop"

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Facebook was up 8% during the last two days of the week, following S&P Dow Indices' announcement late Wednesday that shares of the social-networking company would be added to the S&P 500 following the close of trading on Dec. 20.

The addition validates the growing economic heft of social networking, Facebook's prominence in that space, and its exit from the market's doghouse following a poorly executed initial public offering. (As of Friday's close, the shares had doubled this year!) However, being added to the S&P 500 has no impact whatsoever on the Facebook's intrinsic value, so why the pop?

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