The IPO Buzz: IPOs Get Game

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
GAME, Shanda Games’ proposed trading symbol, will be the lightning rod to this week’s IPO calendar. That’s nice to know, but the calendar needs a supporting cast to sustain any kind of momentum. It has it. Some experts have said to expect a rebirth of the IPO market in 2010. You don’t have to wait that long — it’s arrived.
September 21, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Runway Full of IPOs

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Fashion Week’s curtain went up in New York City last Thursday with all the sparkle and glitter one can imagine. Not to be outdone, Wall Street started parading IPOs down its runway. Companies began filing S-1/A amendments setting proposed pricing terms, and most found their way onto a then-vacant IPO calendar. Wall Street’s fall season is shaping up to be “active.”
September 13, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Rosetta Sinks Like A Stone

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Found inside every IPO’s prospectus is the sub-title “Lock-up Agreements.” Insiders agree not to sell any of their holdings for a period of normally 180 days. It’s there to discourage the “pump-and-dump” schemes that were popular before the Securities Act of 1933 went into effect. This clause is found in the Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) prospectus.
August 23, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Late Summer Break

The IPO welcome mat gets rolled up this week, but it’s not “due to market conditions.” It’s seasonal. We are moving into the last two weeks of summer. That’s when the new-issue players close shop and head off to exotic places with 5-Star accommodations — or maybe Brighton Beach this year.
August 16, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Southern Comfort for IPOs

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
When you hear Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry comes to mind. But that’s not the only thriving business in that part of Tennessee. This week’s IPO calendar features two Nashville-based companies with healthcare-related businesses: Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPIX – proposed) and Emdeon (NYSE: EM – proposed).
August 9, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: IPOs Get Hip to PPIP

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Depending upon which IPO service you follow, you’ll find either two or three deals on this week’s new-issues calendar. Two are newly minted companies while the other has been publicly traded since October 2005.
July 26, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Peek into the IPO Bull Pen

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
The yellow brick road to the Land of IPOs starts at the filing window of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Last week was the busiest in 11 months. The funny thing was that it wasn’t just munchkins or bumper cars going down that yellow brick road. Weaving in and out of traffic: A bull was spotted. The NASDAQ Composite Index closed at a high for 2009 on Friday.
July 19, 2009 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Anatomy of a Bank Conversion

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Every now and then a strange creature will wiggle its way onto somebody’s IPO calendar. It really isn’t your day-to-day initial public offering; it’s known by different names. This week’s calendar has one such deal. It is called a bank conversion and it’s offered on a “best effort” basis.
July 12, 2009 Read More
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