Hong Kong IPO Heats Up

A cemetery is one place most people would not choose to queue for. Except in Hong Kong, where the resurgent market for new equity listings is prompting some unusual behavior.

The $200 million deal from Fu Shou Yuan, a mainland-based chain of burial grounds, is attracting fevered early interest from investors keen to tap the spending power of wealthy Chinese, even in the afterlife.

In spite of missing out – at least for now – on the blockbuster listing of Alibaba, Hong Kong’s market for initial public offerings has sprung back to life. After a nervous few months, deal flow has picked up, guaranteeing that 2013 will better last year’s moribund haul. In the year to date, $12 billion has been raised in the city, beating last year’s total of $11.4 billion, according to Dealogic.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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