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 

Looking for Stocks to Buy? Stay Away From IPOs

May 29, 2015, 9:00 am EDT

When you’re hunting for stocks to buy, one tried-and-true piece of advice is to beware of the hype. Source: ©

That’s why, when I appeared on Fox Business recently, I talked a good bit about the risks of investing in initial public offerings. Companies that are about to go public come with lots of hype … but also lots of risk, especially for individual investors.

It’s impossible to talk about IPOs right now without mentioning all the chatter flying around about a tech bubble. As we also discussed on Fox Business, the situation right now is nothing like it was in the dot-com era — which is good news. There are more legitimate companies and valuable examples of technological innovation now compared to the dot-com era. Read 

What You Need to Know About a Snapchat IPO

May 27, 2015, 2:10 pm EDT
What You Need to Know About a Snapchat IPO

Snapchat, which is an app that allows users to send photos and videos that disappear within 10 seconds, continues to be a red hot.  If anything, Snapchat has the potential to put serious pressure on the mighty Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).  In fact, Mark Zuckerberg tried to buy Snapchat for about $3 billion back in 2013.

OK, then what about an initial public offering for Snapchat?  Well, Snapchat CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel said, “An IPO is really important.”  To this end, there is already a plan in place. Read 

Jimmy John’s IPO – Investors Will Eat This Up!

May 27, 2015, 1:37 pm EDT

Gourmet sandwich chain Jimmy John’s is prepping for an IPO, says Reuters, citing sources. And considering the booming fast- and fast-casual restaurant industry right now, the real question about the Jimmy John’s IPO is this: Why not?

While I’m keen to take the skeptical point of view as an investor, it’s not like a Jimmy Johns IPO would look to capitalize on some two-bit sandwich joint hitching a ride on today’s trends. Founded back in 1983, the business blossomed, and now you can find more than 2,000 Jimmy John’s stores across the country — most of them franchised.

They make a mean sandwich, too. When I first tasted the Italian Night Club (#9 for the uninitiated) my taste buds thought they were dreaming. Read 

Planet Fitness IPO – The Gym Secret Wall St. Won’t Tell You

May 27, 2015, 11:20 am EDT

Everyone’s favorite gym-that-isn’t-really-a-gym, Planet Fitness, filed papers to prepare for an initial public offering on Tuesday. The confidential draft registration of its Form S-1, which the company submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission,  means we’ll likely soon see a Planet Fitness IPO on our hands.

Some of the more itching questions investors might have about the Planet Fitness IPO — How much is the company trying to raise? What’s the valuation? The top- and bottom-line? Ticker symbol? — we just don’t have the answers for yet.

But we do know one thing with certainty about the fitness chain, and you should know it too before the IPO. Read 

Etsy Stock: This Big Dip Makes ETSY a Rebound Buy

May 20, 2015, 11:53 am EDT

Etsy Inc (NASDAQ:ETSY) stock plummeted by more than 20% on Wednesday on the heels of the company’s maiden earnings report as a publicly traded company.

Brooklyn-based Etsy, which sells handcrafted items via its “local” online marketplace, was punished for its wider loss and revenue shortfall reported Tuesday night. Including today’s meltdown, Etsy is off some 45% since its first day of trading in April, and now trading right around its IPO price of $16 per share. Read 

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