Facebook shares opened today at an unremarkable $25.60, and have since lost around half a percent in value.
The itty-bitty decline immediately follows Facebook's late Thursday announcement about an Android-related event, which led many to speculate about the potential unveiling of a long-rumored Facebook phone. The latest leak suggests Facebook will show a special social-networking home screen and mobile phone application running on an HTC handset. The software could be made available to other Android devices.
But investors could care less. They are, as is typical, embracing a show, don't tell attitude.
"I'm not sure that optimizing mobile for Android is all that earth shattering," Michael Pachter, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, told CNET. "I don't expect much of an epiphany when they host their event."
Investors' tepid reaction to Facebook's improved placement on Android shows a continued disquietude with the company's ability to profit as expenses increase, as well as an overall lack of confidence in CEO Mark Zuckerberg and crew's statements about mobile being a fruitful, revenue-generating medium for Facebook.
Perhaps the only thing less thrilling to Wall Street than new Android software would be the unveiling of an actual Facebook Phone. Pachter characterized a handset play as earth shattering -- earth-shatteringly bad.