Sat. Sep 30th, 2023
    Arm Makes Strong Debut on the Nasdaq, Boosting IPO Market

    British chipmaker Arm successfully debuted on the public markets on Thursday, with an opening price of $56.10 on the Nasdaq. The stock saw an immediate 10% jump and climbed over 20% to reach above $61 within the first 30 minutes of trading. By the end of the day, the stock closed up nearly 25%. With an initial valuation of $54.5 billion, Arm’s market capitalization has already surpassed $60 billion.

    The IPO is considered a significant event for the US tech market, which has experienced a drought of IPOs over the past 18 months. Mark Roberts, Managing Director at Blueshirt Group, views Arm’s public debut as a positive catalyst for the reopening of the IPO market. The Nasdaq has not witnessed such a high-profile IPO since the IPO boom of 2021, which subsequently turned into a bust in 2022.

    While Arm’s successful IPO indicates a potential shift in the market, experts caution that the valuations of these newly listed companies remain a concern. Arm sought a valuation between $60 billion and $70 billion, while Instacart, valued at $39 billion in 2021, is now seeking a $9.3 billion valuation.

    Arm is a unique chip designer that counts tech giants like Apple among its customers. The company has recently shifted its focus away from the smartphone industry toward artificial intelligence (AI). This strategic move aligns with the growing demand for AI technologies and positions Arm for significant growth potential.

    The success or failure of Arm’s IPO could have implications for the overall tech sector. A strong showing could boost market sentiment and potentially uplift a tech sector that has experienced stagnant growth in recent months.

    – Yahoo
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