Twilio IPO: Should You Buy TWLO Stock?

Jun 23, 2016, 11:53 am EDT
Twilio IPO: Should You Buy TWLO Stock?

The Twilio Inc (NYSE:TWLO) IPO kicked off with a pop Thursday. But this offering might not just be an exciting opportunity down the road — it could be a turning point for the IPO market.

Twilio — a cloud communications company that allows users to make phone calls and send texts over web service APIs — is up big today. The Twilio IPO priced at $15, which was above an initial trading range of $12 to $14 for TWLO stock — then proceeded to surge 70% after hitting the market.

But now that mom-and-pop investors have a shot at buying the Twilio IPO … should they? Read 

Camping World IPO: 5 Things to Know

Jun 13, 2016, 3:10 pm EDT

The Camping World IPO (initial public offering) will be a reality soon. Source: Wikipedia

The RV manufacturer has experienced a surge in revenue that has helped it move up to a publicly-traded company. Here are five things you need to know about the Camping World IPO:

    The company reached revenue of $3.33 billion in 2015, marking a 25% increase compared to the year before. Profit amounted to $178.5 million last year. Camping World will trade under the stock symbol CWH. It is unclear which market it will trade under. There will be three classes of common stock.

The RV provider has about 3.1 million active customers. Read 

Line Corp.: 2016’s Biggest Tech IPO Gears Up

Jun 6, 2016, 1:45 pm EDT
Line Corp.: 2016’s Biggest Tech IPO Gears Up

While there are some signs of life with tech offerings, the overall activity is still fairly meager. Only three deals have been made this year (and none have come from Silicon Valley). So what can turn things around? Well, perhaps the answer will come from Japan.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, it looks like Line Corp. may soon pull off an initial public offering, which could raise anywhere from $2 billion to $3 billion. By comparison, no U.S. tech IPO has raised more than $150 million in 2016.

OK, you haven’t heard of Line? Granted, the company’s presence in the U.S. is small, but the company, a subsidiary of Naver Corporation (a Korean search engine giant), has built a strong mobile social network in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. Services include calls, messaging, streaming music and games. Read 

Everything to Know About Valvoline’s Well-Oiled IPO (VVV)

Jun 2, 2016, 12:58 pm EDT
Everything to Know About Valvoline’s Well-Oiled IPO (VVV)

A key part of the restructuring of Ashland Inc (ASH) is the spin off of its Valvoline business, which is expected to listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker of VVV with Bank of America Corp (BAC), Citigroup Inc (C) and Morgan Stanley (MS) underwriting. Source: Mike Mozart Via Flickr

It’s been a long time in the making, as Valvoline’s roots go back 150 years when Dr. John Ellis discovered the lubrication qualities of crude oil.

But of course, the game changer was the introduction of the Model T from Ford Motor Company (F), which used Valvoline. Read 

Twilio IPO: A Way to Play Uber and WhatsApp?

Jun 2, 2016, 6:00 am EDT
Twilio IPO: A Way to Play Uber and WhatsApp?

Back in late March, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said that he was “going to make sure [an IPO] happens as late as possible.” It was certainly a big letdown for many investors.

But there may be an indirect way to play a public offering. Just try the Twilio IPO.

The company plans to issue shares under the ticker of TWLO on the New York Stock Exchange and has retained Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) as the bankers on the deal. Read 

$20B Reasons Snapchat Will Stay Private … for Now

May 27, 2016, 11:59 am EDT
$20B Reasons Snapchat Will Stay Private … for Now

During 2013, Facebook Inc (FB) offered to pay $3 billion for Snapchat, which was rebuffed. At the time, the situation seemed kind of surreal (keep in mind that Snapchat was founded in 2012). But again, Mark Zuckerberg showed his sixth sense about tech trends. Source: Via Wikimedia

Fast forward to today and it looks like the valuation on Snapchat is over $20 billion, according to a report from Techcrunch, as the company is in the process of raising $200 million (that would bring the total amount raised to roughly $1.5 billion).

So does all of this portend a publically traded Snapchat? Read 

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