Last week wasn’t the best time to throw a handful of IPOs into the market. Had bankers tried to find a worse one, it would have been difficult.
The week of the July 4th holiday break is generally slow for the IPO production line. And last week was no exception. None were priced.
If you think Wall Street’s investment bankers couldn’t get out of town fast enough after a disastrous IPO week, think again. The week was much better than most thought.
There weren’t too many smiles at the IPO Corral last week, but it wasn’t a complete disaster, either. It was a classic lesson in reading the market.
There was more riding on last week’s VeraSun Energy deal than many realized. Had it flopped, the IPO Summer of 2006 would have been over before it started.
Wall Street is a perpetual motion machine. And a SCOOP rating – like the one for VeraSun Energy – reflects that.
June’s IPO market got off to a stumbling start as each deal was priced well below its filing range. But the action backstage at the IPO Theater pointed to a good month.
Three high-profile IPOs were priced last week. One crashed on take-off, one did better than expected and the other didn’t trade. Investors coughed up over $12.6 billion to buy the trio.
The IPO Express made all the scheduled stops on its timetable last week. Two stations were bypassed, but those deals were carryovers from previous weeks.
Should the hopes and dreams of some of Wall Street’s investment bankers and their corporate clients come to pass, then this week’s IPO calendar could turn out four deals. Don’t bet on it.May 3, 2006 Read More