The Wingstop IPO Is Soaring; When Should You Buy?

Jun 12, 2015, 12:21 pm EDT
The Wingstop IPO Is Soaring; When Should You Buy?

Wingstop (WING), which is a fast-casual chain of 745 chicken wing restaurants, offered up a mouth-watering IPO today. The shares were priced at $19, above the price range of of $16 to $18 (the initial range was $12 to $14).

And so far in early trading, WING stock is up a sizzling 65%.

So why all the giddiness? Well, let’s get some background: Wingstop, which got its start back in 1994, provides a menu of 11 distinctive flavors of bone-in and boneless chicken wings, including sides like hand-cut fries, coleslaw, bourbon baked beans, potato salad and freshly-baked yeast rolls. Read 

BOX Stock: Box Earnings Are a Mixed Bag

Jun 11, 2015, 4:55 pm EDT
BOX Stock: Box Earnings Are a Mixed Bag

When Box Inc (BOX) reported its first earnings report as a public company back in March, it was an absolute disaster. CEO Aaron Levie actually berated analysts — on the call — for getting the share count wrong (perhaps a private call or email may have been a more tactful).

But it looks like he has learned his lesson, as things have gone much better with the second earnings report. In today’s trading, BOX stock was up as much as 10% to $19.68.

In fiscal Q1, revenues jumped by 45% to $65.6 million, beating the Street estimate of $64 million. The net loss per share came to 28 cents per share of BOX stock, down by 1 cent per share year-over-year after adjusting for the massive spike in share count post-IPO (119 million shares vs. 14 million pre-IPO). The Street was looking for a loss of 31 cents per share. Read 

5 New Stocks On Deck — Including Wingstop

Jun 8, 2015, 2:17 pm EDT
5 New Stocks On Deck — Including Wingstop

There seems to be no end to the appetite for the new stocks of fast-casual operators. And yes, the latest deal came last week: David’s Tea (DTEA). On its debut, the stock surged by about 42%.

Well, as for this upcoming week for new stocks, there will be another fast-casual deal to whet investors’ appetite — that is, Wingstop. It certainly helps that one of its peers, Buffalo Wild Wings, (BWLD), has been a big winner. Since its IPO back 2003, the stock has clocked a mouthwatering return of more than 1,200%!

OK, so let’s take a deeper look at all the new stocks that are ready to come public this week: Read 

5 Reasons You Should Buy the Fitbit IPO

Jun 2, 2015, 1:40 pm EDT
5 Reasons You Should Buy the Fitbit IPO

Fitbit, which develops wearable devices for fitness, expects to issue 29.85 million shares at a range of $14 to $16 for its upcoming initial public offering. Assuming the deal gets done at the top of the range, the amount raised will come to $478 million, and the valuation will be about $3.3 billion. Yet, the Fitbit IPO will likely go well beyond this.

The deal should hit the markets in a couple weeks. Fitbit plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker of FIT, and the lead underwriters include Morgan Stanley (MS), Deutsche Bank (DB) and Bank of America (BAC).

OK, so — should you buy the Fitbit IPO? Well, I think so, and here’s a look at five reasons why: Read 

DavidsTea Leads 4 New Stocks to Watch

Jun 1, 2015, 12:10 pm EDT
DavidsTea Leads 4 New Stocks to Watch

For the current week, the market for new stocks will be light, with only four deals on the calendar. And even then, all stocks to watch are pretty low-key deals. Source: ©

Yet this may still provide opportunities for investors — just look at DavidsTea.

This fast-growing retailer of teas, which got its start in Canada, is now making a big play for the U.S. market. Besides, the restaurant sector has produced various strong deals already in 2015, such as Bojangles Inc (NASDAQ:BOJA) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK). Read 

Report: Snapchat Raising $650M in Funding

May 29, 2015, 2:46 pm EDT

Snapchat recently announced plans to go public and the company is reportedly raising $650 million in funding.

“An IPO is really important,” said CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel recently. Raising $650 million in equity would value the company at $16 billion.

Snapchat recently raised a $200 million Series E round in March from Alibaba. This valued the company at $15 billion. Read 

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