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By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace Writer
NEW YORK (
) -- Even with a slowdown in China -- as well as a weakening real estate market and plunging stock prices -- the country's IPO market continues to be healthy. In fact, for 2011, it was the top place for public offerings.
The Globe and Mail
, the top exchanges in China -- including Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong -- saw $73 billion in capital raised. This was nearly twice the amount of the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq combined.
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A key to China's IPO strength has been the participation of foreign companies. Some of recent listings include Italian fashion label
, Swiss commodities trader
and American luggage maker
Besides the huge amount of liquidity in the Chinese markets, there also is the advantage of getting closer to the huge domestic market. For example, the developer of the highly popular "Angry Birds" franchise,
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This boom still should be an opportunity for U.S. investment banks like
, right? Well, for the most part, they have had a tough time getting traction. The fact is local investment banks have had a better time snagging clients.
Conversely, Chinese companies have had a nightmare year with offerings in the U.S. markets. Just take a look at this table:
Qihoo 360 Technology
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In light of all this, it's a good bet that 2012 will not see many Chinese IPOs hit the Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.
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Tom Taulli runs the InvestorPlace blog IPOPlaybook, a site dedicated to the hottest news and rumors about initial public offerings. He is also the author of All About Short Selling (Link: ) and All About Commodities. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not own a position in any of the aforementioned stocks.
This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.