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How IPOs Test Traders

Traders Magazine, August 1998

Stephen Lacey

The initial-public-offering market appears to be a victim of its own success. An excess supply of stocks, combined with the market's recent sluggish performance, has hurt potentially lucrative IPOs, making them tougher sells.

The pain caused by dramatic market dips and a slowdown in the IPO market is not confined to individual investors. Traders on both the sellside and the buyside know of the agony.

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