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Stock Prices and IPO Waves

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  • Lubos Pastor
  • Pietro Veronesi

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We develop a model of stock valuation and optimal IPO timing when investment opportunities are time-varying. IPO waves in our model are caused by declines in expected returns, increases in expected profitability, or increases in prior uncertainty about average profitability. The model predicts that IPO waves are preceded by high market returns, followed by low market returns, and accompanied by high stock prices. These as well as other predictions are supported empirically. Stock prices at the peak of the recent bubble', which was associated with an IPO wave, are consistent with plausible parameter values in our rational valuation model.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 9858.

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