The IPO Buzz: Backstage Prep for the IPO Show

The wind under the wings of the equity capital markets (ECM) calendar is a rising stock market. It has always been that way, and if history repeats itself, the return of the IPO market could be sooner rather than later. Consider: All the major U.S. stock market indexes have reversed the recent correction. At Friday’s […]

March 20, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: A Glimmer of Hope

If you missed the sliver of light flashing across Wall Street’s darkened sky as last week came to an end, it’s understandable. You had to be looking hard. The twinkling could be the sign of coming attractions. In past years, it has taken about three to six weeks for the IPO calendar to come back […]

March 13, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Blank Check, Please

This week’s spotlight has swung to a lesser god of the IPO market. On tap is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) or what is also known as a blank-check company. Here is the story on the blank-check offerings. Decades ago, it was not unusual for an IPO blank-check company to disappear, and maybe at […]

March 6, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Genes, Drugs and Clarity

It looks as if the only IPOs to get out the door so far this year are from the health-care sector plus a “blank check” offering. This week has two health-care deals and one “blank check.” Nevertheless, the mislabeling of certain health-care IPOs creates a case of mistaken identity. The financial press insists on labeling […]

February 28, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Reason to Smile

The financial press took aim at the IPO market last week, posting front-page stories about its poor performance since 2015. The supporting numbers looked like a plague had swept through Wall Street, but those stories left smiles on the faces of the investment professionals. The pros took this as a reverse indicator that the IPO […]

February 21, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Frost Bite

Friday’s powerful stock market rally wasn’t strong enough to erase the bone-chilling losses racked up earlier in the week. On Thursday, the major U.S. stock indexes hit their 52-week lows. Even with Friday’s big surge, U.S. stocks ended the week still in correction mode. That took its toll on the IPO calendar. The pending deals […]

February 15, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Working That IPO Mojo

The Super Bowl, the Iowa caucus and another down week for the U.S. stock market dominated the news last week, but 2016’s IPO production line finally kicked into gear. Two out of an expected six IPOs got out the door. The two IPOs that made their debuts last week were from the health-care sector. Each […]

February 7, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Heating Up for February

Hey, January, don’t let the door hit you in the rear on the way out. It’s been widely reported that January 2016 went into the history books producing no IPOs. The last time a January failed to price an IPO was in 2009, but that wasn’t the first time. Going back to 1974, it has […]

January 31, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Warming Up Again for a 2016 Launch

Wall Street’s investment bankers will give the IPO market another shot to launch 2016 this week. On tap are four deals, looking to raise about $234 million. Last week, there were two offerings: One was pushed into this week and the other postponed due to “market conditions.” That’s the key to IPOs – “market conditions.” […]

January 24, 2016 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Behind The Headlines

Over the weekend, a New York City radio station broadcast that stocks are in a bear market, “according to analysts.” They got it wrong. A bear market happens when the market sells off 20 percent or more from its previous high. A correction happens when the market sells off 10 percent or more from its […]

January 18, 2016 Read More
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