Goldman Sachs Group Inc. went public Monday, ending 130 years as a private partnership.

It begins trading today under the symbol "GS."

The New York-based firm sold 69 million shares-a little less than 12.5% of the company-at $53 each. That was near the top of price talk, which ranged from $45 to $55 a share.

That would bring the company's market value to about $23 billion-not including 100 million shares that are being reserved for future employee benefits.

Goldman Sachs handled the sale, along with 12 other investment banks that were co-managers on the deal.

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