Alibaba Stock Is Poised for a Strong Move

Oct 20, 2014, 9:33 am EST
Alibaba Stock Is Poised for a Strong Move

It has been about a month since Alibaba (BABA) pulled off the biggest IPO in history, raising more than $25 billion. Yet the company has not escaped the wrenching correction in the equities markets. So far, Alibaba stock is off 10% from its high.

But this could be a nice entry point for investors interested in Alibaba stock. The fact is that BABA stock should benefit from strong long-term trends in its businesses, such as its ecommerce marketplaces, the cloud and payments.

There may also be a nice short-term boost from the expiration of the quiet period — which comes on October 29. Read 

5 Reasons to Avoid the Wayfair IPO

Oct 14, 2014, 9:32 am EST

Online home furnishings retailer Wayfair (W) gained 30% in its first day trading as a public company. But in the days since, Wayfair stock has lost all of those early gains.

Those who bought Wayfair stock at the open October 2 are now down more than 20%, proving exactly why buying an IPO on the first day of trading is generally a bad idea.

Some of that drop is due to jittery markets. However, it’s also clear that Wayfair has its work cut out for it in the world of online retail. Competition is bloodthirsty; although it was able to generate almost $1 billion in revenue in 2013, there’s concern its momentum will stall as a result of its brand anonymity. Read 

It’s All About Biotech — 8 New Stocks to Watch This Week

Oct 13, 2014, 11:18 am EST
It’s All About Biotech — 8 New Stocks to Watch This Week

Nine new stocks were supposed to hit the markets last week, but only seven managed to pull off their deals. With the tumult in the equities markets, there was lots of pressure on IPOs. Among last week’s deals, only four posted gains, with the largest one being Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO), up about 23%.

For the upcoming week, the difficulties will likely continue. After all, many of the news stock are biotech companies, which generally are shunned when markets are on the risk-off mode.

Let’s take a look at the new stocks that plan to brave the markets this week: Read 

Dave & Buster’s IPO Gets Off to a Slow Start

Oct 10, 2014, 12:36 pm EST

Despite a rough market, Dave & Buster’s (PLAY) was able to pull off its IPO today. But it wasn’t easy. The company issued 5.9 million shares at $16 each, which was at the low end of the expected $16 to $18 price range.

But so far in today’s trading, the stock price on the Dave & Buster’s IPO is up about 11%.

Founded in 1982, the company’s motto is “Eat, Drink, Play, Watch Sports!” This involves a full-on menu with items like gourmet pastas, choice-grade steaks and premium sandwiches as well as a variety of beers and signature cocktails. To provide more variety, Dave & Buster’s changes the menu three times a year. And yes, there should be no worry about being bored while eating since there are more than 100 high-definition big-screen televisions in a typical venue. Read 

HubSpot IPO Soars Into the Cloud

Oct 9, 2014, 11:45 am EST
HubSpot IPO Soars Into the Cloud

Hubspot (HUBS), a top provider of cloud-based marketing automation software, got off to a nice start as a public company. It priced 5 million shares at $25 each, which was above the expected range of $22 to $24. As for early first-day trading, HUBS stock is up about 25% or so.

Hubspot focuses on inbound marketing — that is, strategies to attract users through channels like websites, emails, blogs, search engines and social media. At the core of the technology is a database that captures activities throughout the customer lifecycle, from the initial lead, to closing the sale and follow-ups.

HubSpot is mostly focused on selling to small and medium-size businesses (defined as companies that have between 10 to 2,000 employees). As should be no surprise, the company uses its own inbound technology to efficiently capture these types of customers! But HubSpot also has relationships with more than 2,000 marketing agencies across the world, with a customer base of roughly 11,624. Read 

3 New Stocks to Sell Now

Oct 8, 2014, 9:28 am EST
3 New Stocks to Sell Now

It’s been a stellar year for IPOs. So far, there have been 215 new stocks that have hit the markets, with the average first-day return of about 13%, according to Renaissance Capital.

But given the giddiness, perhaps it’s a good idea to take some profits?

Perhaps so. Consider that there are already signs that investors are getting fatigued with new stocks. After all, last week there were 11 new stocks that went public, yetonly four had positive returns. In fact, some of the deals were downright stinkers, with Vivint Solar (VSLR) down 11% and Atento (ATTO) off by 15%. Read 

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