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What Do Universal Access and Aclara BioSciences Have in Common?

They're two of the stronger offerings that are coming off their quiet periods next week.
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The end of the quiet period is when Wall Street firms initiate coverage of many newly minted issues: These firms put out research to tell a story. The more compelling the story, the bigger the potential impact on the stock. If you are looking to play the quiet period ends, look for companies with

great stories

. (For background on what the end of a quiet period means, see my

recent column).

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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