Zoom. IPOs are making headlines again.
Ten companies completed their initial public offerings last week, making it the biggest week for IPOs since November 2007. Chinese offerings dominated, with Youku.com (YOKU), described as a “cross between the US’s YouTube and Hulu” jumping $161 in its first day of trading. That’s the largest “first-day pop since Baidu went public in 2005″ according to Renaissance Capital.
Of course, IPOs are often volatile and for every Youku, there’s a Make My Trip (MMYT). That Indian online travel planning site has suffered a big drop in the last few months.
Burnt by a history of recommending Chinese IPOs that promptly “flopped” — including China Ming Yang (MY) and Bitauto Holdings (BITA) Mad Money’s Jim Cramer has warned that investors who’ve seen their IPOs rise should take their profit off the table.
Those that do well for some time, like online reservation gatherer Open Table (OPEN) can become pricey. Now $72 a share, up from $57 three months ago, the company trades at a remarkable 142 times earnings. Other young climbers include network security software maker Fortinet (FTNT), Open Table, and elecrtic car manufacturer Tesla Motors (TSLA).
According to Renaissance, $223 billion has been raised in IPOs globally this year. That’s up from $109 billion last year and just $85 billion in 2008.
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