NetSuite is the big buzz in this week’s IPO calendar, but nature tends to side with the hidden flaw. The sobering factor is the deal is coming to market as a Dutch auction, which usually doesn’t produce opening-day moonshots.
There’s no question that the Fed wrote the script for last week’s surging stock prices. But here’s what many missed. Just around the corner from Wall Street is an alley called IPO Lane, where bankers were busy stuffing the new-issues calendar. If all goes as planned, this month could very well be the busiest December for the IPO production line in this decade.
The spotlight last week belonged to Macy’s 81st annual Thanksgiving Parade. An estimated 3.5 million people turned out to cheer as the storied balloons and floats made their way along the parade’s 3.3-mile route from 77th Street and Central Park West, down Broadway and on to Herald Square.
This week’s focus in New York City will be on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. That closes the securities markets on Thursday and for Friday -– who cares? (Friday’s abbreviated trading session is scheduled to end at 1 p.m.) Nevertheless, there is an IPO calendar. Whatever gets priced will be done on Monday evening for Tuesday morning’s trading and then it’s off for the rest of the week.
Upon hearing that there are 22 IPOs on this week’s new-issues calendar, a veteran syndicate manager commented, “Just like old times.” Well, maybe so, but facts show we have a long way to go before the “good old days” return.
From the streets of Hong Kong to America’s financial TV Land, last week’s buzz was about the Alibaba.com $1.5 billion IPO. Like many hot issues, millions were shut out from getting a piece of China’s huge, hot IPO, including Americans. The later was not a case of: “Yankee! Go home.” It was the Securities Act of 1933 that got in the way.