Hilton Stock a Buy, Even If Blackstone Is Selling (HLT)

Nov 4, 2014, 11:19 am EST

Investors in Hilton Worldwide Holdings (HLT) have rightfully shrugged off news of Blackstone Group’s (BX) plan to cut its stake in the international hotel group.

Hilton stock has edged above its year-ago IPO levels despite an initial dip Monday on the news of the sale. You can thank last week’s robust earnings report and guidance for the fourth quarter and next year.

Meanwhile, both Hilton’s business and its stock are showing strength amid a promising lodging industry climate, so investors looking for something to hop on board might want to take a closer look at HLT. Read 

IPOs on the Comeback: 12 New Stocks on Deck This Week

Nov 3, 2014, 2:14 pm EST
IPOs on the Comeback: 12 New Stocks on Deck This Week

When the equities markets took a hit a few weeks ago, so did IPOs. There were only a handful of new stocks that were able to pull off deals.

Yes, things were looking kind of grim.  But the markets managed a sudden comeback — and now IPOs are back. In fact, there are 12 deals planned for this week.

What are they? Well, let’s take a look: Read 

Analysts Go Gaga Over Alibaba Stock

Oct 30, 2014, 3:06 pm EST
Analysts Go Gaga Over Alibaba Stock

On October 20th, I wrote a post for the IPO Playbook on why Alibaba (BABA) looked poised for a nice short-term gain. The two key reasons: There would be a snap back from the market correction and there would be a boost from the expiration of the quiet period.

And yes, things turned out pretty well. Consider that Alibaba stock is up about 12% since then.

The post-correction rally was much more than expected (it’s as if nothing bad ever happened!), but the impact of the quiet period was more predictable. All IPOs require a quiet period, which prohibits a company’s underwriters from publishing analyst reports for 40 days after a public offering. The main reason is to help alleviate some of the inevitable hype. Read 

Breast-Implants IPO: Sientra (SIEN) Stock Begins Trading Today

Oct 29, 2014, 3:28 pm EST

Sientra (SIEN), a company that deals in breast implants, started its IPO today. Source: Sientra

Sientra stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the SIEN stock ticker. SIEN is priced at $15 a share and the IPO includes 5,000,000 shares of common stock. Underwriters also have the option of purchasing an additional 750,000 shares of common stock for $15 a share. The offer is expected to close on November 3, 2014.

Piper Jaffray and Stifel are book-running managers for the Sientra IPO. Leerink Partners and William Blair are working as co-managers for it. Read 

Roku Looks Like IPO Magic

Oct 27, 2014, 12:45 pm EST
Roku Looks Like IPO Magic

Roku, which makes a leading device for streaming online video, is preparing for an initial public offering, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal (paywall) last Friday. The company is reportedly in discussions with underwriters like Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C). While most of the details are still sketchy, the timing looks good for a Roku IPO.

As seen with last summer’s GoPro (GPRO) offering, there is plenty of investor interest in innovative consumer electronics companies. Since GPRO pulled off its IPO in late June, the shares clocked a return of nearly 200% before slipping some in October.

Can a Roku IPO can do something similar?  Perhaps so. Read 

3 Fallen IPOs Worth a Second Look

Oct 24, 2014, 2:07 pm EST

When the markets go into correction mode, recent initial public offerings get whacked. Because IPOs tend to carry more risk, investors are more likely to dump them when fear is high. Source: ©iStock.com/Morrison1977

And recently, we’ve gotten a pretty stark reminder of that.

Over the past few weeks, a number of IPOs have been bludgeoned pretty hard. Consider that year-to-date, roughly half of the 222 U.S.-listed IPOs are in negative territory, with 81 currently sporting double-digit losses. Read 

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