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2. The retail investors themselves (as opposed to institutional investors).
3. Widely known, not secret. opposite of private.

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I could not go out in public with what I was wearing because it was very revealing and did not look good at all.

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We decided to make an initial public offering so the public would be able to contribute to our business by investing.

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Facebook made it's initial public offering at thirty-nine dollars a share and is expected to be quickly bought up later today.

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