What You Need to Know About a Snapchat IPO

May 27, 2015, 2:10 pm EDT
What You Need to Know About a Snapchat IPO

Snapchat, which is an app that allows users to send photos and videos that disappear within 10 seconds, continues to be a red hot.  If anything, Snapchat has the potential to put serious pressure on the mighty Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).  In fact, Mark Zuckerberg tried to buy Snapchat for about $3 billion back in 2013.

OK, then what about an initial public offering for Snapchat?  Well, Snapchat CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel said, “An IPO is really important.”  To this end, there is already a plan in place. Read 

Jimmy John’s IPO – Investors Will Eat This Up!

May 27, 2015, 1:37 pm EDT

Gourmet sandwich chain Jimmy John’s is prepping for an IPO, says Reuters, citing sources. And considering the booming fast- and fast-casual restaurant industry right now, the real question about the Jimmy John’s IPO is this: Why not?

While I’m keen to take the skeptical point of view as an investor, it’s not like a Jimmy Johns IPO would look to capitalize on some two-bit sandwich joint hitching a ride on today’s trends. Founded back in 1983, the business blossomed, and now you can find more than 2,000 Jimmy John’s stores across the country — most of them franchised.

They make a mean sandwich, too. When I first tasted the Italian Night Club (#9 for the uninitiated) my taste buds thought they were dreaming. Read 

Planet Fitness IPO – The Gym Secret Wall St. Won’t Tell You

May 27, 2015, 11:20 am EDT

Everyone’s favorite gym-that-isn’t-really-a-gym, Planet Fitness, filed papers to prepare for an initial public offering on Tuesday. The confidential draft registration of its Form S-1, which the company submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission,  means we’ll likely soon see a Planet Fitness IPO on our hands.

Some of the more itching questions investors might have about the Planet Fitness IPO — How much is the company trying to raise? What’s the valuation? The top- and bottom-line? Ticker symbol? — we just don’t have the answers for yet.

But we do know one thing with certainty about the fitness chain, and you should know it too before the IPO. Read 

Etsy Stock: This Big Dip Makes ETSY a Rebound Buy

May 20, 2015, 11:53 am EDT

Etsy Inc (NASDAQ:ETSY) stock plummeted by more than 20% on Wednesday on the heels of the company’s maiden earnings report as a publicly traded company.

Brooklyn-based Etsy, which sells handcrafted items via its “local” online marketplace, was punished for its wider loss and revenue shortfall reported Tuesday night. Including today’s meltdown, Etsy is off some 45% since its first day of trading in April, and now trading right around its IPO price of $16 per share. Read 

5 New Stocks on Tap – And No Biotechs

May 18, 2015, 1:45 pm EDT
5 New Stocks on Tap – And No Biotechs

Last week was not so good for new stocks. Eight deals were on tap but only six could get done. In fact, two of the offerings posted negative returns and another broke even. Source: ©iStock.com/zigarrenschachtel

As has been the case for the past few months, the most trouble came from biotech offerings. It appears that there have been just too many deals — and yes, investors are getting much more selective.

How about this week?  Well, there are no biotechs on the calendar.  However, there are a spattering of other new stocks that plan to come public. Read 

Ctrip.com Takes Off, Powered By Mobile Apps (CTRP)

May 14, 2015, 2:51 pm EDT
Ctrip.com Takes Off, Powered By Mobile Apps (CTRP)

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP), China’s largest online travel agency, gave investors a lot to celebrate today. The company had a blowout quarter and, as a result, CTRP stock opened up a sizzling 13% on Thursday, hitting an all-time high.

In Q1, the company posted a 46% jump in revenues to $373 million, which handily beat the Street consensus of $363 million. Ctrip showed solid performance across all its main lines of business: accommodations (up 45%), transportation (up 46%) and packaged tours (up 53%)

While the company did post a loss of 15 cents per share, it was still much better than the year-ago loss of 26 cents per share. Analysts were expecting a loss of 25 cents per share. Read 

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