Wall Street feeling the chemistry with Match _ shares fly

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of Tinder, Match.com and OKCupid is having a great first date with Wall Street.

Shares of Match Group Inc. got a boost on their first day of trading, closing up $2.74, or 23 percent, to $14.74, after the initial public offering priced at the low end of its expected range.

Parent company IAC/InterActiveCorp, controlled by billionaire Barry Diller, will maintain majority control of Match after the offering. IAC/InterActiveCorp also owns Web properties like Vimeo, HomeAdvisor, About.com and CollegeHumor.

The Dallas-based company has 50 brands using 40 languages around the world, and about 59 million active monthly users. It has been profitable and had $1 billion in revenue over the 12 months that ended June 30.

Match’s IPO gained ground on the same day that Square, known for its credit and debit card readers that plug into smartphones, made a splash with its IPO. Both stocks are rising in what has been a nervous market for technology startups.

Match had priced 33.3 million shares at $12 each, raising $400 million. The stock trades under the symbol MTCH on the Nasdaq market.

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