Potbelly Gets Major Heartburn

Jul 10, 2014, 1:23 pm EDT
Potbelly Gets Major Heartburn

Potbelly (PBPB), an operator of sandwich shops, pulled off a huge IPO back in October, with the stock soaring 120% to $34 on its first day of trading. But since then, life as a public company has been downright miserable. Just look at today’s chart, in which PBPB stock falls off a cliff. As of now, the price is hovering just above $11.

What’s going on here? Well, the growth rate is slowing down.

Just look at the latest announcement from the company, which provided a warning for fiscal second-quarter earnings. PBPB expects to post a meager 6.9% increase in sales to $83.6 million, which compares to the Wall Street estimate of $87 million. Read 

Shale Boom, IPO Boom – 5 New Energy Stocks to Buy

Jul 10, 2014, 6:00 am EDT
Shale Boom, IPO Boom – 5 New Energy Stocks to Buy

When investors think of big gains from newly minted stocks, they tend to focus on the technology sector. That’s been true as some recent big tech IPOs — like GoPro (GPRO) have surged since hitting the ticker tape this year. Tech has certainly been the reigning IPO king. Source: Flickr

At least until fracking came to town.

As the U.S. has undergone its energy renaissance, the appetite for new energy stocks has been great. How great, exactly? There were seven new energy stocks that went public during the second quarter alone. Perhaps more importantly, data from Dealogic shows that those IPOs in the energy sector saw an average first weekly gain of nearly 19%. Read 

The Alibaba IPO – How the Timing Works

Jul 9, 2014, 7:00 am EDT
The Alibaba IPO – How the Timing Works

Will Alibaba time their IPO during the typical Wall Street vacation season?

Over the past few months, Chinese Internet giant Alibaba has taken some key steps in the IPO process, such as the filing of the F-1, which includes details like the business description, financials, executive compensation and risk factors. Then there were two amendments to the F-1, which updated the financials as well as indicated the ticker (BABA) and exchange the company will list on (New York Stock Exchange).

Going forward, the Alibaba IPO process will involve some other key events. Here’s what to expect: Read 

3 Reasons Why the Box IPO Will Flop

Jul 8, 2014, 2:17 pm EDT
3 Reasons Why the Box IPO Will Flop

Box, the cloud-based storage operator, was planning on launching its IPO in the spring. The company recently raised $150 million from TPG and Coatue Management. But now it looks like a deal will not happen until the fall. And even this new timeline may be a long-shot for a Box IPO.

This week the company also released its first amended S-1, which included the results for the first quarter. And there were some notable positives in the filing. For Q1, revenues shot up by 94% to $45.3 million and the number of paying customers hit almost 40,000, up from 34,000 at the beginning of the year.

Despite this, the Box IPO will likely face lots of skepticism from Wall Street investors. What’s holding it back? Well,  let’s take a look: Read 

An Inside Look at Google Ventures

Jul 8, 2014, 8:15 am EDT
An Inside Look at Google Ventures

Here’s a look at some cool companies that Google Ventures has invested in.

As should be no surprise, Google Ventures takes an unconventional approach to the venture capitalism game. While a typical firm may focus on one industry or a certain part of a company’s lifecycle, GV has a much more expansive vision. It invests at all levels and a myriad of industries. Oh, and the portfolio covers more than 200 companies.

Google Ventures is not just about writing checks, either. It is more like a company factory. Read 

One Big Reason to Avoid GoPro Stock

Jul 8, 2014, 7:00 am EDT
One Big Reason to Avoid GoPro Stock Source: GoPro

Since coming public on June 25, shares of GoPro (GPRO) stock have been about as good as you could want. GoPro stock priced at $24 and quickly hit a high of nearly $50.

Even with a recent dropoff, GPRO still is trading for a robust $42.

So … why does it feel like a wipeout is just around the bend? Read 

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