IPO Market 2013: What's Next After the White-Hot Start


The IPO market has had a strong first half in 2013, in some cases delivering double-digit gains for those who have ventured into IPO investing.

As the stock market has staged an impressive rally, investor demand to get into the IPO market is returning to pre-credit-crisis levels. The second quarter was actually the most active three-month period for IPOs in six years.

So far in 2013, we have seen 92 deals. The average gain for initial buyers is around 20%.

The pace seems to be picking up, as the first quarter saw 31 deals raise about $7.6 billion, and the second quarter had 61 offerings raise more than $13 billion.

Financial firms, including real estate investment trusts (REITs), have been the most active industry, with 35 offerings. Healthcare companies are right behind, closing in on 34 deals so far this year.

Some analysts think we could see more than 200 deals by the end of the year.

That means more opportunity for IPO investing for double-digit gains…here's where to look.

IPO Market 2013 Outperformers

Technology IPOs have had a pretty strong performance this year, with faster-growing tech companies among the top performers:

  • The top-returning IPO of the year has been ExOne Co. (Nasdaq: XONE). The 3D printing company has seen its shares rise by 27% since its debut back in February.
  • Then there's Marketo Inc. (Nasdaq: MKTO), which provides a cloud-based marketing software platform that enables organizations to engage in modern relationship marketing in the United States. The stock has risen by more than 170% since its IPO back in May.
  • Textura Corp. (NYSE: TXTR) provides collaboration and productivity software tools for the construction industry, and its stock is higher by 120% since its debut offering in June.

Food-related stocks have also had a spectacular year in the IPO market in 2013:

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