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Volvo, Now That They Have Me As A Customer (Again), Is Emboldened To Consider An IPO.


by Anura Guruge


My Volvo CARE leased XC60 in Moosehead Lake, Maine last month, a week-into the lease.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Google News’.

I don’t think it was a coincidence. I think they realized that IF they could win me over — they must be doing real good.

To be honest, I had no idea that Volvo was not a public company. I just looked them up in Wikipedia. Ah! Ah? Wow. Wow. Wow. Volvo cars is Chinese owned? Yikes. I need to look this up. I thought they were Swedish. I am not sure I want a Chinese car.

Well, well, well. I was THINKING that I might subscribe to the IPO, but not if it is Chinese owned.

These days nothing is like what you had hoped & expected.

‘Brainsway’, A Maker Of ‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’ (TMS) Equipment, Filing For ‘Hail-Mary’ U.S. IPO.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. This from Fidelity.


Click for my post that talks about ‘Brainsway’ & TMS.


Stock performance in Tel Aviv.

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I was researching the intriguing ‘PinterestIPO when this caught my eye. I knew exactly who they were. So, I had to do a bit of investigating.

Wow. Their stock performance in Israel has not been stellar — and that is saying it kindly.

I would NOT touch this U.S. IPO. The stock, in Israel, right now, seems to be on a downward trajectory.

Also seems a bit late in the day to do an U.S. IPO. They went public in Israel 12-years ago!

During ‘dot.com’ I did a ton of work for a number of Israeli high-tech companies. Great folks to work with, but I kind of learnt one thing. It is not easy for outsiders to make money in Israeli companies. Yes, of course, there are exceptions.

This one does not fill me with optimism. But, you can check it out.


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“CarGurus” IPO, On October 12, 2017, Only Good For Those Lucky Enough To Have $16 IPO Shares.

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Click to ENLARGE and study. From “MarketWatch”.


I had read, prior to the open (on Thursday, October 12, 2017), that the IPO shares had been re-priced at $16 — higher than the original $15 ceiling.

Given what happened to the SWICH IPO last week, I didn’t even bother to check CARG during the day. I was kind of busy.

Well it appears that I didn’t miss much.

It opened at $29 which meant that there must have been a huge backlog of demand at the start. So a very nice 81% pop for those that had $16 shares. Wonder how many of them got a chance to sell.

But, the trend appears to have been a downward drift from the initial enthusiasm.

I will have to keep an eye on it.


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“CarGurus”, The Car Buying/Selling Portal, Is Scheduled To Have An IPO ~October 12, 2017.

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Click image (which I think is NH) to access their Website/Portal.


Pretty decent introduction to IPO in “Xconomy.com”. Click image to access original.


They advertise heavily on Willow TV — on which I watch my daily cricket. Hence my familiarity with them. The ads and their message seems pretty compelling. I have yet to use them. No car buying plans in the near future (I hope).

Plus, I like their name! {Smile}

I then saw that they were up for an IPO — next week, the tentative date, next Thursday, October 12, 2017. The price is anticipated to be around $14 (i.e., same as Roku).

They are profitable and that might make them unusually attractive.

Fidelity is not offering any IPO shares. Damn (not that I would get any).

I am going to keep an eye on this IPO. This one could be v. interesting.


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The Roku Shoots Up 30% On IPO To $18 (From $14).

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The Roku listing on ‘MarketWatch’. Click image to access MarketWatch coverage.


A very nice pop. Those that were lucky enough to get in at $14 must, obviously, be very happy. Good for them.

Let’s see if the enthusiasm persists two weeks from now. No my watchlist.


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The Roku IPO Is Scheduled For Thursday, September 28, 2017 — $12 – $14 Range.

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The new Roku listing on ‘MarketWatch’. Click image to access MarketWatch coverage.


I have to confess that though a HUGE fan of Roku, I had NOT heard of the Roku IPO until this morning — and that from MarketWatch, a Website I frequent incessantly!

I am no longer BIG on IPOs. I, personally, haven’t made any money on an IPO in ages. So, I no longer get too excited.

At $12 to $14, the Roku IPO price seems ‘interesting’. So, I will keep an eye on it tomorrow morning. It is supposed to get priced tonight, i.e., September 27, 2017. IF it shoots up, it, like so many other tech IPOs of late, is most likely to come down 20% within the month! I will keep you appraised. Do not sweat. That is what and why I am here.



8pm, Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

Roku has set the IPO price at $14 — the maximum that had been previously muted. Hhhmmm.

Thursday’s opening will tell.


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Heard Of IAMXU & CIC.U, Recent IPOs Planning To Acquire Startups!

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘GlobeNewswire’.


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘MarketWatch’.


Just happened to hear about them, fleetingly, on CNBC on Monday morning, i.e., September 11, 2017.

They actually call themselves ‘Blank Check Companies‘. They did an IPO and raised $50 Million — which isn’t much. What they now plan to do is to, in effect, do a reverse merger. Enable a ‘start-up’ to go public without the hassle and risk of an IPO.

At $10/share it is tempting. They could hit big. I might have to have a flutter.

Just letting YOU know.


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“Shake Shack” Adds Chicken To The Menu With “Chick’n Shack” — Yes, Yes, Yes.

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Though I have only, as yet, managed to eat at a ‘Shake Shack‘ once, and that was a couple of weeks ago when we were in New York, I have been shareholder of the ‘SHAK‘ since more or less the IPO — and today, as I heard on CNBC, with SHAK the bell ringers for the market open, was the one year anniversary. With the stock in the dumps (even more so than others) I am all in favor of anything to further improve the financials though to be fair the financials are not bad and from what we saw, the restaurants are mobbed.

I am in SHAK for the long haul. I am now writing options against the shares and that alone is beneficial. But adding chicken to go with the vegetarian ‘Shroom Burger is good. Love it. Can’t wait to go again.

I am happy. 


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“Shake Shack”, Theater District, New York Was Mobbed Over Christmas — I Am Thrilled.

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There are NO, alas and alack, ‘Shake Shacks‘ in poor ‘you guys spend all your money on heating’ New Hampshire. The nearest ‘Shake Shack’ is in Massachusetts, Harvard Square. I had never been to a ‘Shake Shack’ and really wanted to try them out since I had heard so often, albeit in the financial media, that they had the BEST burgers in the known universe. Plus, based on the hype prior to their IPO last year, I did buy some SHAK over the Summer.

On our way to Philadelphia last May, to pick up our Jaguar XJ8, we did partake in a great lunch at the Times SquareWhite Castle“. We all agreed that their sliders were as good, if not better, than what folks had raved about. Now we needed to check out ‘Shake Shack’.

Even prior to arriving in New York City, on Monday, December 28, 2015, I had already announced, having checked the locations online, that we would be having dinner at the SHAK our first night in NYC. Well that proved NOT to be the case. Oh, YES, we did walk down to the one in the Theater District, 8th Avenue & 44th Street, from the Novotel Times Square hotel (7th & 51st) where we were staying, around 7:30pm in the cold drizzle that had just started.

We could NOT believe it. It was MOBBED. The line was out of the door and halfway up the block — and there was a fair amount of cold, near freezing precipitation (i.e., freezing rain). The inside was packed. So we gave it a miss that night.

The next day, Tuesday, we went to the 2pm matinee of the “Phantom of the Opera“. SHAK is just around the corner from the Majestic. So at 5pm we walked across. There was still a line and it was PACKED inside. But I insisted. They are slick. As a SHAREHOLDER I was thrilled. They hand out menus while you are still in line so that you can formulate your order before you get to the counter. That helps.

I had the “Shake Stack” and a glass of their house red wine. Deanna and the kids had shakes, burgers and fries. The ‘Stack’, a cheeseburger with a cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom, was delectable. The wine wasn’t bad. The girls liked the shakes. It was PACKED, elbow-to-elbow. But as a SHAREHOLDER I was delighted.

SHAK will go far. I am LONG. I am holding onto that puppy.

In Philadelphia, New Year’s Eve, because it was handy, we ended up going to a ‘BurgerFi‘ — kind of opposite ‘Reading Market‘. They are, of course, in direct competition with SHAK with a similar menu. The Philly location was not packed — BUT Philly was remarkably empty given the crush in NY. The food was good. I was impressed. They did not have any wine or beer. I still liked SHAK better — but I am biased.


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Stock Symbols Of Interest From CNBC Morning Ticker — Thursday, June 18, 2015.

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by Anura Guruge


This is meant to be daily, weekday, post (when I can), of 5 to 6 stock symbols that caught my eye, typically between 9 and 9:30 am, on the CNBC scrolling ticker. Basically random. Just symbols that jumped out at me — either because of their gains for the day, their attractive stock price or JUST because the name looked interesting. In general names that were unfamiliar to me — though it could be a symbol, e.g., ‘S’, that might have piqued my interest this time around. These are stocks I plan to check to check, if I get the time (using ‘MarketWatch.com’), during the day. Sharing with you for the heck of it — incase it MIGHT help at least one of you. Of late people keep on asking me about investing (as IF I know what I am doing). This will also help me with that. I can just point them to these posts. No guarantees, warranties, promises, recommendations or anything like that. 99.6% of the time these stocks catch my eye because I know NADA about them.

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CKSW, S, IXIA, HZNP, OCLS, TOUR.


Today, FitBit (FIT) a company that we are vastly familiar with, given that we were early product customers in 2011, had their IPO. We were NOT impressed with the product, and I actually TOSSED mine in the garbage, but we have to say, that at least in 2012, their customer support and PR were outstanding. They sent my wife a number of FREE FitBits to try and placate her. I was impressed. No Fidelity, given my pitiful assets, did NOT give me any IPO allocation. C’est la vie. I will not buy it at $30. I might, for the heck of it, purely to TRADE (as opposed to going long), might by some in the next few days IF the price gets to $28 or below.