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 

U.S. Foods Holding Corp: Could This Be the Year’s Best IPO? (USFD)

May 26, 2016, 12:56 pm EDT
U.S. Foods Holding Corp: Could This Be the Year’s Best IPO? (USFD)

US Foods Holding Corp (USFD) may be in the mundane business of food distribution — but investors have nonetheless found excitement with this company. Last night, its initial public offering priced at $23 a share, which was in the upper part of the $21-to-$24 range. Source: AmtrakGuy2010 via Flickr

And so far in today’s trading, the U.S. Foods IPO is up about 8%. The deal is actually the second largest this year, only behind the recent offering for MGM Growth Properties LLC (MGP) .

Yet, the path for the U.S. Foods IPO has not been easy. Back during the height of the buyout boom in 2007, the company went private in a $7 billion deal. But of course, the timing was awful as the U.S. economy would soon plunge into the financial crisis. As a result, U.S. Foods had to take swift actions to restructure the operations. Read 

6 New Stocks to Watch This Week

May 23, 2016, 12:15 pm EDT
6 New Stocks to Watch This Week

By fits and starts, the market for new stocks is getting back into gear. Last week there were four deals that hit the markets. True, the returns were kind of meager — but hey, any activity is a good sign, right? Source: Flickr

Definitely.

The fact is, it will take some time for the market for new stocks to get back to normal levels. Let’s face it, the first few months of this year saw tremendous volatility. Read 

Square Inc: SQ Gets Bent Out of Shape

May 6, 2016, 1:28 pm EDT
Square Inc: SQ Gets Bent Out of Shape

As seen today with Square Inc (SQ) — a provider of online payments systems — the IPO market continues to be treacherous. Wall Street wants to see not just strong growth, but also profitability.

And for SQ stock, this is bad news. On the heels of its second earnings report as a public company, the shares are off a grueling 20% to $10.50.

Keep in mind that the company came public back in November at an offering price of $9. Read 

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