Soars In IPO Debut

Jim Cramer got the debut he wanted for’s IPO.

The question now is whether share prices of the online financial news
service co-founded by the voluble hedge-fund manager can defy the recent
trend of Internet IPOs that begin like moonshots but end up like Alan
Shepherd’s sub-orbital hop in 1962 – straight up and almost immediately
back down. (See Tuesday’s Midday Report.)

I expect’s IPO to enjoy a longer initial flight than the
most recent Internet offerings, in large part because of the site’s
popularity among day traders. For these desktop investors,
— like CBS, which has the best first-day performance
this year among Internet IPOs, and Wit Capital, which is expected to go
public later this month – is one of their own. Their level of interest
and confidence in the stock should give it a good ride.

It was that investor buzz which helped open trading
Tuesday at $61, more than three times the $19 price at which 5.5 million
shares were offered.

The stock closed at $60, or 216% above the offer price, giving it the
eight-best opening day of 1999 and the best since Log On America’s
Rocky-like debut on April 22. While that may not seem so long ago, 15
Internet IPOs had come out since then before hit the

(Check out Tuesday’s
Morning Report
for an investment analysis of in which
Steve Harmon accurately predicts how the stock would perform on opening

Trading any moment now’s debut will be a tough act to follow for ISP, which, like the financial news site, priced shares on
Monday but as of Wednesday morning had not yet begun trading. The New
Jersey-based access provider for corporate and residential Internet
users in the Northeast priced shares at $10 each, slightly above the
proposed $7-$9 range. Nasdaq ticker will be BIZZ.

Pricing on Tuesday for trading Wednesday was online employment services
company CareerBuilder (CBDR), which set shares at $13 apiece, at the top
of the $12-$13 offer range. The company’s IPO was profiledin Monday’s Midday Report.

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