IPOS Aren’t Helping Individual Investors

Last week was a showcase week for eight companies who held their Initial Public Offerings. Many believe that the successful Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) IPO was a jumping off point for many companies who had been waiting for the right time in a stagnant economy and are also trying to beat the holiday deadline when the market activity screeches to a hault until the middle of January. Some believe that the market is still too unsteady to support this amount of new offerings.

MarketWatch quoted Scott Sweet, research director of the IPO Boutique, who said, “As soon as the market showed any type of improvement, I did fear that we would run into a week where there would be a large amount of IPOs. Today there were four alone that came out. That’s too much paper in one day for a market that has been showing little to no strength.”

The eight IPOs grossed a total of $1.2 billion in proceeds for the companies. Five of the offerings began at or below the estimated starting price. Scott Sweet continued his remarks on the IPO boom by saying, “I’d rather see one or two a week that work, rather than eight or nine in which only a few work and the rest flounder.”

Many of the companies who have gone public in recent weeks or who plan to hold IPOs in the near future are smaller in size than what the market has typically seen. Sam Hamadeh, CEO of PrivCo.com Inc. said, “They are probably both a bit small to be public, to be honest. The joke on Wall Street is that $100 million is the new $200 million when there is a bubble,” per MarketWatch.

Here are how hot 2011 IPO stocks are trading now:

  • Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN): GRPN shares recently traded at $16.81, up $0.06, or 0.36%. Its market capitalization is $10.72 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $16.20 to $31.14. Volume today was 1,846,684 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 6,486,640 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-2.17 per share. About the company: Groupon advertises a daily deal, typically a half-off coupon for anything from a local restaurant or retail store to a hotel or spa; if enough consumers buy the coupon online by midnight, the deal is on and the featured business can achieve a nice chunk in sales. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Linkedin Corp. (NYSE:LNKD): LNKD shares recently traded at $62.92, down $0.16, or 0.25%. Its market capitalization is $6.14 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $60.14 to $122.70. Volume today was 1,264,170 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 1,060,360 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 861.90, while trailing earnings are $0.07 per share. About the company: LinkedIn Corporation operates a social networking website used for professional networking. The Company’s website allows members to post a profile of their professional expertise and accomplishments. LinkedIn allows members to be introduced to potential clients, service providers, and subject experts. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Angie’s List (NASDAQ:ANGI): ANGI shares recently traded at $13.18, down $0.32, or 2.37%. Its market capitalization is $647.24 million. They have traded in a 52-week range of $13.10 to $18.75. Volume today was 198,095 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 1,425,100 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.88 per share. About the company: Angie’s List Inc. provides internet information and content. The Company offers product and company reviews, actively collects data on listed companies, and provides complaint resolution services between business and client. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ:YNDX): YNDX shares recently traded at $20.93, up $1.18, or 5.97%. Its market capitalization is $6.76 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $17.53 to $42.01. Volume today was 311,687 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 1,214,840 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 42.03, while trailing earnings are $0.50 per share. About the company: Yandex N.V. operates an Internet search engine in Russia. It offers access to a range of information available online; email and personalized services, including email, photo, Website, and blog-hosting services; maps and location-based services comprising map service, road traffic congestion monitoring, maps of metro systems, panoramic photo images of streets and towns, and user-generated map services; and downloadable applications and services for mobile and digital platforms and devices. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE): SAVE shares recently traded at $16.98, up $0.67, or 4.11%. Its market capitalization is $1.23 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $10.18 to $17.48. Volume today was 80,933 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 143,097 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 11.52, while trailing earnings are $1.47 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Renren Inc. (NYSE:RENN): RENN shares recently traded at $3.65, down $0.06, or 1.62%. Its market capitalization is $1.43 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $3.60 to $24.00. Volume today was 2,158,812 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,468,360 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.85 per share. About the company: Renren, Inc. operates an Internet website. The Company operates a real-time social networking website that offers users the ability to communicate, share information and user-generated content, play online games, listen to music, shop for deals, and use other services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE:QIHU): QIHU shares recently traded at $16.12, up $0.49, or 3.13%. Its market capitalization is $. They have traded in a 52-week range of $14.30 to $36.21. Volume today was 393,590 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 830,038 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.00 per share. About the company: Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd. provides Internet and mobile security products in the People’s Republic of China. The Companys products include an Internet security product for Internet security and system optimization; an anti-virus application to protect users’ computers against trojan horses, viruses, worms, adware, and other forms of malware; and a mobile smartphone security program. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Nielsen Holdings N.V. Common St (NYSE:NLSN): NLSN shares recently traded at $29.27, up $0.76, or 2.67%. Its market capitalization is $10.51 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $24.38 to $33.00. Volume today was 117,941 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 666,906 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.03 per share. About the company: Nielsen Holdings N.V. is a global information and measurement company. The Company offers critical media and marketing information, analytics and industry expertise about what consumers watch (consumer interaction with television, online and mobile) and what consumers buy on a global and local basis.
    Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN): DNKN shares recently traded at $24.97, up $0.33, or 1.34%. Its market capitalization is $3.00 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $24.31 to $31.94. Volume today was 476,072 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 932,787 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 41.76, while trailing earnings are $0.60 per share. About the company: The owner of Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin-Robbins has more than 14,800 points of distribution in 44 countries, and approximately 120 years of combined history. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Demand Media (NYSE:DMD): DMD shares recently traded at $7.17, up $0.31, or 4.52%. Its market capitalization is $585.48 million. They have traded in a 52-week range of $5.24 to $27.38. Volume today was 110,376 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 439,305 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.36 per share. About the company: Demand Media, Inc. (Demand Media) is focused on an Internet-based model for the professional creation of content at scale. The Company’s business is comprised of two service offerings: Content & Media and Registrar. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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