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How To Trade IPO Stocks: IPO Bases Are Unusual But Can Result In Rich Gains

JUAN CARLOS ARANCIBIA
How To Trade IPO Stocks: IPO Bases Are Unusual But Can Result In Rich Gains

Investors studying IPO bases are partly blinded because new issues don't have enough trading history to generate tools like the Relative Price Strength Rating or the Accumulation/Distribution Rating, as compiled in IBD's proprietary research tool, Stock Checkup. There are ways to evaluate these blind spots, however. Important factors include seeing a shallow correction within the base during normal market conditions, a large increase in price and a close near session highs on the breakout day, and heavy volume on the breakout day and week. ServiceNow, the business software company, went public June 29, 2012, at 18 a share, and met with immediate success as the stock leaped to a close at 24.60 as nearly 11 million shares exchanged hands.