For all of the hand wringing about the weak start to the stock market this year, initial public offerings (IPOs) haven’t been this hot since 1999.
More than 30 companies have already launched IPOs in 2014. That is a 72% increase compared to the same time last year, according to Renaissance Capital, and the best start to the year for IPOs since at least 2006.
The popularity of investing in IPOs should be really no surprise.
After all, the share prices of IPOs — driven in part by the boom in biotech — are trouncing the broader market in terms of performance.
And, IPOs always offer all of the attractions of a lottery ticket, but with much better odds. If you’re lucky, you can make a year’s worth of returns in a day. IPOs in 2014 have “popped” an average of 14% on the first day of trading. And over the past 12 months, U.S. IPOs have been up by an average of 57%, according to Renaissance.
Read more about how to profit from initial public offerings at Eagle Daily Investor.