iVillage Pops On IPO Debut

The initial public offering market continues to fuel strong interest in Internet stocks as several market leaders show gains today. iVillage’s (NASDAQ:IVIL) rocketship debut soars more than triple from its IPO price. Prices at $24 and opens at $95.875, touches a $100 ceiling before the trade fest softens as IVIL closes at $80.125. The problem here is a paltry handful of individual investors got any shares of IVIL at the IPO price, if indeed any of them did. Most pay full retail — the $90 plus shown.

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