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The Give and Take of Stocks

Tech companies top the list in IPO and M&A deals.

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This story appears in the November 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

A resurging market for IPOs is reducing the number of M&A deals but raising prices for acquirers. Data from Dow Jones VentureOne, a financial information tracker, shows that 22 venture-backed companies went public in the second quarter of 2007.

That was 38 percent more than in the second quarter of 2006. The combined value of the IPOs more than doubled to $2.73 billion. Valerie Foo, research manager at Dow Jones VentureOne, says for technology and health sciences firms, which dominated the IPO market in both the number and size of offerings, it was the best quarter since 2000.

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