IPOs Slow in October as Markets Swoon


The red-hot IPO market took a breather last month as the broader indexes tumbled lower.

Some $4.8 billion of initial public offerings priced in October, according to ClickIPO. That was 11 percent less than September and a 23 percent decline from the same month a year before. But it’s still a healthy number when you consider the broader stock market had its worst selloff in over seven years.

The biggest deal was StoneCo (STNE), a Brazilian credit-card processor that raised $1.2 billion. Its offering came shortly before a pro-business candidate was elected president.

Network-security provider SolarWinds (SWI) was the second-biggest deal, weighing in at $375 million. It was followed by Studio City (MSC), a casino operator in the gambling hub of Macau, at $359 million.

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David Russell is Global Head of Market Strategy at TradeStation. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience as a financial journalist and analyst, his background includes equities, emerging markets, fixed-income and derivatives. He previously worked at Bloomberg News, CNBC and E*TRADE Financial. Russell systematically reviews countless global financial headlines and indicators in search of broad tradable trends that present opportunities repeatedly over time. Customers can expect him to keep them appraised of sector leadership, relative strength and the big stories – especially those overlooked by other commentators. He’s also a big fan of generating leverage with options to limit capital at risk.