Tech IPOs Have Averaged 50% Returns in 2018


Since the start of 2018, the S&P 500 has gained roughly 7.5% while the Nasdaq has posted a nearly 15% bump, both of which were driven by mainly by gains in share of Apple (AAPL).

However, the biggest story of the year thus far is perhaps the triumphant return of the initial public offerings (IPOs) within the technology industry. So far, the 26 tech IPOs this year have averaged a whopping 50% return, led by a number of cloud-software companies.

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The biggest gainers include Zscaler (ZS), a cloud-based information security company, which is up 161% since March and Pluralsight (PS), an online education company for software developers, now up 123% since May.

Some of the more recognizable IPOs have also done well, including DocuSign (DOCU), Dropbox (DBX) and Sonos (SONO), the smart speaker company. While DocuSign’s price continues to show strength, Dropbox and Sonos have been in steady downtrends over the past 6 weeks.

Spotify (SPOT), which decided to stage a direct listing instead of an IPO, has also outperformed the market this year and is now up roughly 20% since April.

There are three tech IPOs trading below their offer price this year, notably including Opera (OPRA), the nearly 25-year-old web browser company. Opera has made headlines in recent weeks by actively working to develop and integrate a cryptocurrency wallet system into its PC desktop browser.

However, investors on Wall Street are likely still gun shy of the cryptocurrency market, which has led many equities with exposure to drop this year, including (OSTK).

Similar: Fall 2018 tech IPOs face myriad of headwinds
Interesting: Opera to Launch Integrated Cryptocurrency Wallet for PC Browser

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