The IPO Buzz: Message from China

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
The year’s first billion-dollar deal walked down the IPO runway last week. It was China Zhongwang Holdings, but its name was nowhere to be found on any U.S. new-issues calendar. The simple reason was the deal was not registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
May 3, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: When IPOs Hit ‘Rewind’

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Watching today’s IPO market is much like watching grass grow. By Friday, April 24, this year’s new-issues calendar had produced just five deals. That’s not unexpected, given recent market conditions. Actually, it wasn’t all that long ago that we witnessed the same scenario unfold. It was in the 2002/2003 markets.
April 26, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: IPO Stars Align

All the stars are falling into place for a revival of the new-issues market. Last week’s IPO aftermarket performance was the icing on the cake. Here’s what the “CSI” evidence tells us:
April 18, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Spring Appetizers

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Any banquet starts with an appetizer. So far this year, the IPO market has given us two tasty morsels. This week, bankers plan to add more appetizers to the 2009 IPO menu.
April 12, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Reading the Dow

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
“Coyote ugly” was the only way to describe the securities markets’ first quarter this year. But where’s there life, there’s hope. By the end of April’s first week, there were a few signs those times may be in the rear-view mirror.
April 5, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: No Fooling

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
By now the whole world knows a Chinese IPO plans to make its debut in the U.S. capital markets this week. The deal is (NASDAQ: CYOU proposed), a carve-out from (Nasdaq: SOHU) and, if wiggles out the door, it’ll be the second Chinese IPO to see daylight in NYC’s financial district this year.
March 29, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Road To Recovery

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
In tandem with the calendar’s flip to the first day of spring on Friday, March 20th, the outdoor temperatures warmed up a bit and so did the climate on Wall Street.
March 22, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Whipping up Hope

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Some people might remember March 10 as “turnaround Tuesday.” That’s when Citigroup (NYSE: C) (quote) announced it was profitable in the first two months of 2009, other big banks chimed in with similar news, and the stock market surged. The good news on the banking front followed stocks hitting their lowest closes for 2009 on Monday, March 9. By Friday’s closing bell, the popular U.S. stock indexes were up about 9 percent to 11 percent for the week. And on Thursday evening, the IPO market had kicked in with a tiny deal.
March 15, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Deep Freeze

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
March roared into town like a lion. It produced winter’s worst storm as temperatures plunged, the winds blew and snow piled up to over 10 inches. In the meantime, Wall Street was hit with its own version of a winter storm. The major U.S. stock indexes lost 6 percent to 7 percent for the week, while the IPO market stayed in hibernation.
March 8, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Bookmark These IPOs

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
When the IPO market returns, you’ll want to have your ducks lined up to aim at what takes flight. One industrial sector to keep an eye on is education; IPOs from this industry are making the grade. And there’s a couple more in the pipeline that should be bookmarked.
February 28, 2009 Read More
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