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Cross-Market Commentary: IPO Pricings Are Typically Slow In January Jan 12
Standard & Poors, January 2012
Following a year of more than $32 billion from 112 initial public offerings (IPOs) priced on major U.S. exchanges, can the investment community look forward to a fast opening for IPOs in January? Historically, IPO activity at the start of a year is typically tepid. Since 2000, January IPO (excluding REITs and closed-end funds) activity has reached the double-digit level just once (10 in 2006). On the other hand, in two particular years--2003 and 2009--no IPOs were completed during the month of January (see table). More significantly, the S&P 500 Index posted an average gain of 0.58% for the six best Januarys for IPOs. Conversely, the index posted an average loss of 3.46% for the six lagging Januarys, magnified by...
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