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These Five High-Tech IPOs Are On Fire

Who says high-tech stocks have hit the skids?

In a move that bodes well for 2013 stock market, high-tech IPOs have been absolutely on fire in the closing weeks of 2012.  

In fact, judging by their gains, high-tech IPOs have soundly beaten the rest of the market’s new issues over the last three months. At least five soared by more than 40%.

Even the IPOs that many market watchers thought would fizzle have jumped out of the box.

The most recent is SolarCity Corp. (Nasdaq: SCTY) which debuted last week.

Instead of landing with a thud, shares of the solar panel installer soared nearly 50% on its first day of trading from a reduced offering price of $8 a share.

That left SolarCity tied for third place among IPO performers in the quarter that ends Dec. 31.  Even as of late yesterday, SolarCity shares were still up by 55%.

But SolarCity is just the latest big winner.  Here is a look at the other four winning high-tech IPOs based on their closing prices as of last week.

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Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nation's S&L crisis, long before the word "bailout" became part of our daily lexicon. He's a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores "what's next" in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.

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  1. philip theodorou | December 19, 2012

    interested in projections for qcom

    • (Admin) Bill Patalon | December 19, 2012

      Dear Philip:

      QCOM is a focus stock in Private Briefing.

      Just wanted to LYK.

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  2. Joseph | December 19, 2012

    Great News but always after they take off. What a waste this service is because of the lack of timely information!!

    • (Admin) Bill Patalon | December 19, 2012

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  3. Curtis Edmark | December 19, 2012

    The problem with trying to pick individual stock winners is they can often be just like the boats in a harbor. All the boats go down when the tide goes out. If the market as a whole takes the plunge some are predicting, it could have an impact on these IPO's. Then again, maybe not! This market and economy are crazy.

  4. john j | December 20, 2012

    Mr Patalon,

    I wish to say that MM is a well written simple, straight forward, no BS letter that is not encumbered by lengthy volumes of unnecessary word pictures…I do not want to read & review a novel of info related to publications…Just make it short, sweet, and to the point. I would very much like to view your other paid for publications if you can provide the links.


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  5. 000037089620 | December 20, 2012

    I am learning to use your write ups.
    In your 19th's write up of five IPOs SSTK, AMBA, KYTH, ICPT and WDAY have all gone up large % since their issuing date. Is your suggestion to buy they now, or its too late but to wait for other IPOs to come?
    Daniel Chang (chang89620)

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  7. 000060252174 | December 27, 2012

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