IPOs

Chinese stocks are again the focus of increased attention and speculative trading. In China, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index (SCI) has been rallying. It is currently up close to seven percent this year, which is encouraging given that the index lost 14.31% in 2010. An area that I…

I have a big problem with the whole General Motors Corporation (NYSE/GM) government-assisted bankruptcy and yesterday’s new public offering. GM originally listed on the NYSE back in 1916. Through its roughly 100-year history, the storied automaker had its ups and downs like every other business. But the buffoon…

— "Ahead of the Street" Column, by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. With the broader market ticking higher, the number of new companies to hit the market is increasing. There have been a lot of initial public offering (IPO) deals sitting on the shelves waiting for better stock market…

— "The Financial World According to Inya" Column, by Inya Ivkovic, MA The smell of money is fresh again. Wall Street watering holes are seeing more traffic, giants among banks still left standing are raking in decent profits, even some in the battered manufacturing sector are showing signs…

If you find a stock that's doing better than the broader market, it's always worthy of further investigation. One recent IPO that looks very interesting is VanceInfo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE/VIT). This small-cap company listed just as the stock market began its correction late last year. Recently, the stock…

Titan Machinery, Inc. (NASDAQ/TITN) came out with excellent financial results. As I wrote before, I never thought I'd get so enthusiastic about the heavy equipment business. I mentioned this company several weeks ago in this column. According to Titan, for its fourth quarter ended January 31, 2008, total…

The June 28 U.S. Federal Open Market Committee meeting ended again with no change in the benchmark interest rate of 5.25%, and was accompanied by yet another ambiguous statement on future changes in monetary policy. The FOMC noted that the economy seems likely to continue to expand at…

The U.S. market for initial public offerings was strong in 2006. Today, an up-and-coming IPO market has emerged in China. And in a move that could help drive IPOs on the SCI or Shenzhen Exchange, the Chinese government has altered its IPO listing policy. Under the new plan,…

Since its IPO debut on August 19, 2004, the shares of Internet advertising firm Google Incorporated (NASDAQ/GOOG) have been one of the hottest stocks. Trading at around $100.00 at its debut, Google has surged fourfold and is trading at over $500.00 a share with an astounding market cap…

Chinese companies are reporting record profits, which are helping to drive buying. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index (SCI) broke above the psychologically key 4,000-point level in trading and touched a record high of 4,081 on May 14. The break and current bull rally has been somewhat a surprise,…

The Internet will continue to be one of the best places for growth investors, going forward. My number-one long-term stock in this area continues to be Internet powerhouse Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG), which is valued at a whopping $146 billion -- not too bad for a company that made…

The overview of the U.S. Federal Reserve System (Fed) on its web site states that it was founded in 1913 with the mandate to provide a more stable monetary and financial system. Over the years, its role has expanded, and the Fed is now responsible for four general…

The U.S. market for initial public offerings was strong in 2006. Today, an up and coming IPO market has emerged in China. The reality is that fewer and fewer major Chinese companies are deciding to list on U.S. markets. What we are seeing in the U.S. markets are…

The initial public offering (IPO) market is extremely hot. In 2005, we saw one of the hottest IPO plays in Under Armour Inc. (NYSE/UA) -- a Baltimore-based maker of synthetic clothing that has attracted somewhat of a cult following among athletes. I don’t want to disappoint you, but…

What a truly awesome display of buying momentum shown by Internet search engine Google Inc. (NASDDAQ/GOOG) in recent weeks after the rapidly rising Internet star broke the $500 level to an intraday high of $513 on November 22. I still remember when Google first traded on its IPO…

I thought Air Canada's IPO would be a hard sell, particularly considering that, as a company, it has very little to offer to investors. Raising red flags are also analysts, who call its IPO price an "accounting invention." Now, for the most part, I get why Bay Street…

This week we found out that Canadian financial institutions are going to participate in the largest IPO in the history of financial markets--the $21-billion initial public offering of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Royal Bank of Canada was named a co-lead manager, while Bank of Montreal…

Over the years, I've been disinclined to seriously consider initial public offerings (IPOs) or relatively new listings to the market. In the vast majority of cases, the shares that come to market are over- priced and traditionally, the stocks don't do well. This all changed during the Internet…

Although Canadians are still playing catch-up, Americans are already convinced that the ethanol market is ripe for the picking. True, buying ethanol IPOs potentially offers a perfect exit strategy for investors, what with all the government support programs and tax breaks on both sides of the border, as…

In a highly anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO) recently, Vonage Holdings Corp., the market innovator and leader in the area of Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP, is set to made its debut on the big stage. Vonage's IPO (NYSE/VG) showed tremendous interest in the market as investors…