By CBS MarketWatch Last Update: 1:56 AM ET April 26, 2004 SAN FRANCISCO (CBS.MW) -- Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley will lead the highly anticipated Google initial public offering likely to be announced this week, according to a published report. A story in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal early Monday, citing people familiar with the situation, identified the two securities firms as the ones chosen for the job -- a prestigious plum that is likely to generate fees of as much as $100 million. CSFB, the securities unit of Zurich's Credit Suisse Group (CSR: news, chart, profile), and Morgan Stanly (MWD: news, chart, profile) have long been considered top contenders for the Google IPO. Google could be the biggest dot-com IPO ever, with the potential of raising up to $2 billion and attaining a market cap of $15 billion. But much depends on the pricing of the IPO, and whether Google's price-to-earnings ratio appeals to value-oriented investors seasoned by the lessons of the dot-com bubble. Google's Web site says the company employs more than 1,000 people and offers stock options benefits to all new hires. It also says the company is profitable, with no specifics. Besides its employees, Google also has a long line of institutional investors such as marquee venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, entrepreneur Ram Shriram and others. The first two put in $25 million each back in 1999. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., is the most-used site in the world for Web searches, logging more than 200 million searches a day. Google also licenses its technology to scores of companies, including America Online and Yahoo. In addition to the Google News service, it also operates a shopping search service called Froogle.