AAII's Guide to Top Web Sites


An initial public offering (IPO) is the first sale of stock by a company to the general public, effectively making a once privately held firm a publicly traded firm. Information on IPOs is sought after because of the possibility of generating above-market returns and because an IPO represents the first time most individual investors can buy shares of a certain company. Several sites provide IPO news and data, including SEC registration statements and calendars of upcoming IPOs. Our top sites provide comprehensive IPO information such as follow-up data, actual offering information and secondary offering data.

 123Jump.com IPO Center  

Offers recent IPO news stories and an IPO calendar and reports the upcoming week's offerings with a price range, the size and a "hot tamale" sentiment rating that takes into account investor interest and future prospects. The latest IPO prices, withdrawals and reports are all available on the main page. Provides financial data and a business summary for all IPOs. Includes IPO performance data and monthly and annual historical prices for companies dating back to 2000. Search IPOs by industry, ticker symbol or state. Lockup and quiet periods are not reported.

 Hoover's Online IPO Central  

Lists the proposed IPO offerings for the week, latest IPO filings and latest pricing information. Each company name in the charts links to a quick overview of the firm. Hoover's also provides a calendar, and its IPO filings section organizes filings by quarter. The IPO performance page presents shares offered, offer amount and price, along with first day opening and closing prices. A IPO scorecard offers data on best and worst returns, biggest first days, and winners and losers; it also provides a breakdown of IPO pricing by industy for the last quarter.