Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Airbnb shares surged in its trading debut to $146 each, 115% above initial public offering price of $68.
The first-day price gain from its IPO ranks Airbnb as the No. 10 best debut in 2020, CNBC reported.
By comparison, Booking, had a valuation of more than $86 billion and competitor Expedia had a market cap of more than $18 billion, and Delta Air Lines had a market value of about $30 billion. Airbnb's market also surpassed Marriott and Hilton hotels, with market caps of $42 billion and $29 billion, respectively.
"Now that people are coming to Airbnb, they don't necessarily have a destination in mind or dates, because they're flexible. We're all obviously on Zoom, and so people are saying, 'I want to go anywhere 300 miles around me, what can you show me," Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky told CNBC ahead of the IPO. "Now we're going to be getting a little bit more into the game of inspiration and matching people to the perfect home experience for them."
On Wednesday, food delivery service DoorDash stock soared 85% in its market debut.
Airbnb's performance led to comparisons with the first internet bubble that peaked more than two decades ago, but a San Francisco data analytics group, Snowflake, may be 2020's biggest IPO success as its stock market value surpassed $120 billion this week, Financial Times reported.
"Even though [Airbnb had] obviously been hurt by the pandemic, as has all travel, it stands to really get most of the early tail winds as people start coming out of hiding," Max Gokhman, head of asset allocation at Pacific Life Fund Advisors told Financial Times.