We haven't seen an IPO market this strong in six years. Of the 168 companies to go public this year, more than 70% are trading above their offer price. And the top IPOs this year have seen gains of 140%, 187%, even 369%.
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It's been a busy year for initial public offering (IPO) investing, and despite recent volatility, it's looking to be a busy fall for the new issues market...
The stock market has remained firm in spite of increasing tensions in the Middle East and the fear of quantitative easing (QE) tapering from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
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.
As we move deeper into the second half of the year, we're seeing a robust IPO market that has been able to shake off 2012's Facebook IPO shame.
So far this year there have been 116 debut offerings, the strongest pace since 2007.
As Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon explained earlier this week in his Private Briefing investment service column, the IPO market in 2013 is "white hot."
From Bill's analysis: The market has locked and loaded on about $4 billion in U.S. IPOs so far this year, Bloomberg News reports. At that pace, companies "going public" would raise the most this year since at least 1999, the financial news service says.
The 2013 IPO market has focused on some strong real-estate offerings. If you’re looking for the next hot issues, here are two to watch.
Encouraged by Groupon Inc.'s (NYSE: GRPN) successful IPO Nov. 5 as well as the October rebound in the stock markets, eight stocks went public last week. They include such well-known names as Angie's List Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) and Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH).
But analyst skepticism over Groupon's long-term prospects and lingering fears over the European debt crisis, as well as the tepid U.S. economy, mean that the dry spell for the IPO market will stretch on into next year.
Companies around the globe have raised more than $26 billion through initial public offerings (IPOs) this year, a 20% increase over last year and the best start on record, according to Dealogic. Globally, 15 IPOs were crammed into the first two weeks of February - a month that last year had seen a total of just four IPOs.
Not since 2007, when 17 companies listed, has the IPO market been so active. By comparison, just three companies listed in February 2009 and four in 2010.