Alibaba IPO Questions Answered

Jun 13, 2014, 9:52 am EST
Alibaba IPO Questions Answered

China’s Alibaba is a global powerhouse — an e-commerce ecosystem bigger than Amazon.com (AMZN) and eBay (EBAY) combined. Within the next few months, the company will go public, and the Alibaba IPO is expected to be massive, potentially raising more than $20 billion to put it on par with some of the biggest IPOs of all time.

Not bad for a company founded in an apartment. By an English teacher.

It’s facts like these that make the Alibaba IPO one of the more interesting offerings to come around in some time. We’ve already tackled some of the trivia, though — now, I’ll answer some questions to help investors better understand the Alibaba IPO. Read 

7 New Stocks to Watch: MobileIron Leads 7 New IPOs

Jun 9, 2014, 10:01 am EST
7 New Stocks to Watch: MobileIron Leads 7 New IPOs

During the past month or so, the IPO market has been getting back into gear. Last week Arista Networks (ANET) went public with a gain of 28%, even after pricing well-above its range. Some other gainers include Zendesk (ZEN), up 71%, and TrueCar (TRUE), which has returned about 61%. It certainly helps that the overall markets remain in the bull phase and that the U.S. economy continues to grow.

As for this week, 7 new stocks are expected to launch their deals. They are also a diverse group, ranging from shipping to energy to mobile tech.

So let’s take a look at each: Read 

Arista Networks IPO Soars on Hopes of Cracking Cisco

Jun 6, 2014, 3:42 pm EST
Arista Networks IPO Soars on Hopes of Cracking Cisco

Arista Networks (ANET), a next-generation developer of switches and networking software, has shown that the market for tech IPOs is warming up.

The company priced 5.3 million shares at $43 per share, which was above the range of $36 to $40, and ANET finished the day’s trading up 30% at $56.

Why all the excitement? Well, Arista Networks is trying to get a chunk of Cisco’s (CSCO) massive business. Granted, many have tried, but ANET has a decent chance of success. Read 

Virginia Slams the Brakes on Uber

Jun 6, 2014, 2:00 pm EST
Virginia Slams the Brakes on Uber

News recently broke about Uber being banned in Virginia (along with rival service, Lyft). It’s the latest in a long line of bans, lawsuits and protests — not just in the U.S., but across the world. However, Uber — which is the leading mobile car-booking service — seems unfazed by headlines about the Uber Virginia ban.

In fact, many big-time investors, such as TPG Capital, Google (GOOG) Ventures, Benchmark Capital, Goldman Sachs (GS) and even Amazon’s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos aren’t fazed either. Uber just raised an impressive $1.2 billion round that valued Uber at $17 billion. So for now, the bet is that an eventual Uber IPO would be off the charts.

But first, let’s get some background on the company: Founded in 2009, Uber saw a huge opportunity to disrupt the traditional taxi cab industry. To this end, the company developed a sophisticated mobile app allowing users to select a nearby driver, on a real-time map. There was also a photo of a driver and background information. Read 

Twitter Stock – 3 Great Lessons for IPO Investors

Jun 3, 2014, 5:15 pm EST
Twitter Stock – 3 Great Lessons for IPO Investors

I’ve been following IPOs since the mid-1990s, and along the way, I’ve seen some interesting patterns. But perhaps the most important to investors like you and I is that if you wait six months to a year after an offering, you’ll almost always get a much better price.

Cue Twitter (TWTR).

Twitter stock came public back in early November to heavy demand. The price range for TWTR increased before the offering, then Twitter stock soared 73% to $45 on the first day. Read 

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