IPO | Share sale

An initial public offering (IPO), referred to simply as an "offering" or "flotation", is when a company (called the issuer) issues common stock or shares to the public for the first time. They are often issued by smaller, younger companies seeking capital to expand, but can also be done by large privately-owned companies looking to become publicly traded.

In an IPO the issuer may obtain the assistance of an underwriting firm, which helps it determine what type of security to issue (common or preferred), best offering price and time to bring it to market.

An IPO can be a risky investment. For the individual investor it is tough to predict what the stock or shares will do on its initial day of trading and in the near future since there is often little historical data with which to analyze the company. Also, most IPOs are of companies going through a transitory growth period, and they are therefore subject to additional uncertainty regarding their future value.

Zynga IPO Date is Week of Nov. 17 [REPORT]

Zynga, the social gaming company behind hits like FarmVille, CityVille and Words with Friends, has reportedly set its IPO date for Nov. 17, just a week before Thanksgiving.

Zynga Officially Files For An IPO; Looks To Raise $1 Billion

The company behind Farmville, Mafia Wars, Words With Friends, Empires and Allies and many other social games has officially filed for an IPO. In doing so, it follows in the footsteps of fellow social comapny, LinkedIn, which had an impressive IPO of its own last month.

Deschert advising Norma group AG on IPO

International law firm Dechert LLP is serving as co-counsel to NORMA Group AG, a German-headquartered global industrial manufacturer and portfolio company of global private equity house 3i Group plc, on its initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Pandora Media files for IPO of up to $100 million

Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock, becoming the latest technology company to test the public markets. Pandora, which runs an online service that allows users to stream free music based on feedback from the listener, has 80 million registered users.

Kinder Morgan's upsized IPO raises $2.86 billion

Pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc sold more shares and priced them above the expected range, an underwriter said on Thursday, raising about $2.86 billion in the largest U.S. energy initial public offering since 1998.

Outgunned by Wall Street, SEC warns of fraud

Tighter budgets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could mean killing vital technology upgrades needed to catch swindlers, the agency's chief said on Friday in a blunt appeal for more funding.

Chalco says plans $1.4 bln share sale in China

Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd (Chalco), the country's largest producer of the light weight metal, said it plans to raise up to 9 billion yuan ($1.37 billion) from a private placement of new shares to be listed in Shanghai.

LinkedIn files for IPO

LinkedIn Corp, a social networking Internet site, on Thursday filed documents with the U.S. regulators for an initial public offering.

Dimon, Gorman, Moynihan pitch for AIG share sale

Some of the United States' top bankers descended on a law firm in midtown Manhattan on Thursday to make a pitch for managing what could be one of the largest share sales in history -- a secondary offering for bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc.
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