Facebook is reportedly preparing to stage its initial public offering (IPO) in May.
Bloomberg reported the firm is planning to halt trading of its stock on the secondary markets by the end of this week, citing company sources.
Firms on the cusp of launching their IPOs are, under stock market rules, required to suspend secondary trading in their shares.
The timing of the suspension would also be consistent with Facebook's long-rumoured early May target for its offering.
The latest report comes after months of speculation on Facebook's IPO.
The company in February announced its intent to go public with a deal that could raise as much as $5bn for the company in its first days on the market.
When the company does finally take itself to market, Facebook could see its market valuation soar as high as $100bn.
The IPO would be one of the largest ever for a technology firm and by far the largest in recent years.
Many in the industry have pointed to the Facebook IPO as a critical moment in the ongoing recovery of the technology industry and the growth of the online economy. Should the IPO be well-received, other companies will likely follow suit.
Likewise, if the offering goes poorly industry analysts believe other companies could hold off on scheduling their own IPOs.
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