Summary Box: Facebook IPO could value it near top

BY COMPARISON: When Facebook makes its long-expected debut as a public company this spring, the social-networking company will likely vault into the top ranks of the largest public companies in the world.

THE PLANS: The Wall Street Journal says Facebook is preparing to file initial paperwork for an offering that could raise as much as $10 billion and value the company at $75 billion to $100 billion.

BY THE NUMBERS: Facebook’s reported valuation compares with about $100 billion for McDonald’s Corp., $90 billion for Citigroup Inc. and Inc. and $75 billion for Bank of America Corp.