The IPO Buzz: Square Mania and A Full Plate

Square (SQ – proposed) the San Francisco-based provider of mobile payment solutions, set its IPO pricing terms to offer 27 million shares at $11 to $13 each early on Friday morning, Nov. 6, 2015. That Securities and Exchange Commission filing created pandemonium. The financial media went wild. The stock is expected to start trading on […]

November 8, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: The IPO Waiting Game

November’s IPO calendar looks much like the ones from the recent past. Several are true IPOs and some are mislabeled. Nevertheless, the big question is: “Where is the IPO market?” The answer could be: Probably not too far behind the current U.S. stock market. Consider the following: In October 2015, the major U.S. stock market […]

November 1, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Life After Ferrari

The burning question on the side of the IPO mountain reads: “Is there life after Ferrari (RACE)?”  The short answer is “Yes,” but it is not found in this week’s calendar. That calendar lists one new face at the IPO window and two carryovers from past weeks. But more on this later. The answer to […]

October 25, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Ferrari and the Road to Recovery

This week’s calendar has seven IPOs expected to raise about $1.5 billion. The focus is on one. It is Ferrari (RACE – proposed), the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer. Here is the buzz: Monday, the books close. Tuesday, it is to be priced. Wednesday, it starts trading on The New York Stock Exchange. That pretty […]

October 18, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Blockbusters, Pops and Flops

This week’s calendar of 10 IPOs is expected to raise over $5.3 billion. That looks impressive. But looks can be deceiving. A caveat: The IPO market reaches a fork in the road Thursday morning. It is a showdown between buyers and sellers over two blockbuster offerings. Here is the background: Today’s stock market, as measured by […]

October 11, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: A Pullback, Biotechs and Hope

It’s become quite apparent that the stock market and the biotech sector have taken their toll on IPOs. Nevertheless, the new-issue calendar is far from dead. Let’s recap what has been happening in the financial markets, as measured by the popular indexes. The U.S. stock market has slipped into a correction (a pullback of 10 […]

October 4, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Steady IPO Ship in Rocky Seas

Against the backdrop of a volatile stock market, an IPO calendar of 16 deals is emerging. They aim to raise nearly $4 billion in the coming weeks, depending upon market conditions. Speaking of volatility, it looks like uncharted territory. Veteran investment professionals don’t recall a time before now with triple-digit daily fluctuations – up or […]

September 27, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: An IPO Duo in a Somber Week

This week’s IPO calendar opens Monday evening with the pricing of a “blank check” offering, which is expected to start trading Tuesday morning. The week’s IPO run ends on Thursday evening with the pricing of a small-cap offering, which is expected to start trading Friday morning. Between the two dates is Yom Kippur, the most […]

September 20, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Back in the IPO Swing

The post-Labor Day IPO calendar picked up where the pre-holiday calendar left off in mid-August. Blank checks and health-care IPOs are in play. Last week, a couple of “blank check” offerings were priced and traded, but more on those later. Let’s return to the final days of the August IPO calendar. A Look Back at […]

September 14, 2015 Read More

The IPO Buzz: School’s Out

During the U.S. stock market’s wild roller-coaster ride, the phones rang last week. The financial media called with the burning question: “How is the stock market’s correction affecting IPOs?” That was an easy one to answer. It isn’t. School is out. The IPO market traditionally closes down between mid-August and mid-September. (See The IPO […]

August 30, 2015 Read More
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