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April 17, 2014
(Gold Stocks Today, 4/16/14)
After remaining nearly empty for years, the initial public offerings calendar is coming back to life this year. Unfortunately for eager investors, most of these new stocks are succumbing to lower prices as spooked traders bail on the once-popular momentum stocks of 2013. Greg Guenthner explains...
A twofer of posts over at Alpha Baskets. First up is a look at the hot IPO market. I found some interesting stats but I would add that there won't be a repeat of 2000 (we are below new issuance...(read more)
(Energy and Capital, 11/27/13)
Dropbox is gearing up for another round of funding which will put its valuation at $8 million. Is the next step going public?
Initial Public Offering (IPO) Company Overview

An initial public offering, or IPO, is the first sale of a corporation's common shares to investors on a public stock exchange. The main purpose of an IPO is to raise capital for the corporation. While IPOs are effective at raising capital, being listed on a stock exchange comes with heavy regulatory compliance and reporting requirements.

The term IPO only refers to the first public issuance of a company's shares. It assumes a company is big enough, successful enough, and has the required track record to raise capital in the public equity market. If a company later sells newly issued shares again to the market, it is called a seasoned equity offering. When a shareholder sells shares, it is called a secondary offering and the shareholder, not the company that originally issued the shares, retains the proceeds of the offering. These terms are often confused and only a company which issues shares can make a primary offering or IPO. Secondary offerings occur on the secondary market, where shareholders (not the issuing company) buy and sell shares from and to each other.

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