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Kerry MarunaMarch 22, 2016

Standout Stories

Initial public offerings… The last time initial public offerings were as unwelcome as they have been the last three months was the first quarter of 2009, when the Treasury Department was spending billions to stabilize banks and only one U.S. IPO priced. The quarter before that, the fourth quarter of 2008, was the same story: one deal.

Now, despite the absence of a mind-blowing financial crisis, the IPO market is bogged down again. The first quarter of 2016 brought seven IPOs (as of March 17), raising proceeds of about $600 million. That’s a far cry from the 27 deals that raised $4.5 billion a year ago by this time, or the 64 offerings that raised $10.6 billion in 2014’s first quarter. Read article.

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