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A Little Too Quiet

Just one deal ends its quiet period this week -- but wait until next week!

I'm tempted to begin this column with an apology for the obvious lack of content. What should be listed in the table below is a whole wad of IPOs coming out of their respective quiet periods. What we see instead tells the story of a few quiet holiday weeks wherein no deals were priced.

Well, almost.

The single entry is for

Talisman Enterprise

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. This deal carries the distinguishing title of the first IPO of the new millenium. Woo-hoo! On Jan. 14 Talisman priced 900,000 shares at $5. The stock closed Thursday at 3 3/4.

Moving forward we shall see this column swell with quiet-period endings as the deal flow continues to increase.

Til then...

Ben Holmes is the founder of, a Boulder, Colo.-based research boutique (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of specializing in the analysis of equity syndicate offerings. This column is not meant as investment advice; it is instead meant to provide insight into the methods of new and secondary offerings. Neither Holmes nor his firm has entered indications of interest in any of the companies discussed in this column. Holmes' This Week in IPOs column appears Sundays, This Week's Secondaries appears Tuesdays, Upcoming Lockup Expirations appears Wednesdays and The Quiet Period appears on Fridays. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Holmes appreciates your feedback at