Hangover Effect: The New IPO Year Gets Off to a Slow Start

But two big winners may be coming in the market for initial public offerings.
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This is my first day back from vacation, and I'm scrambling to piece together an accurate IPO calendar for the next few weeks. This is not an easy task, as the syndicate departments are, for the most part, just getting back to work.

It is pretty clear at this point that there are no IPOs slated for this week (Jan. 3 to Jan. 7), and it appears that will again be the case next week. In fact, the first two IPOs I see scheduled to price are

Atlas Pipeline Partners

(APL:Amex) and

Regent Communications

(RGCI:Nasdaq), both during the week of Jan 17. Neither is looking like a performer. Of course, I am still making phone calls, and my best guess is that, as the week progresses, there will be more scheduled deals to report. Check back over the next few days for updates.

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Meanwhile, I suggest you take a close look at the S-1 filings for

Palm

(PALM:Nasdaq) and

AltaVista

(ALTA:Nasdaq), both of which have recently been added to

IPOPros.com's small but growing list of

"Buy and Holds." The timing on these two is not firm, but I will update you just as soon as I hear something, so stay tuned.

Ben Holmes is the founder of ipoPros.com, a Boulder, Colo.-based research boutique (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com) 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. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Holmes appreciates your feedback at

bholmes@ipopros.com.