Before Nasdaq bombed, everyone talked about how great IPOs were. Here's how 
      2000 IPOs launched by top investment banks are doing now. We compared 
      companies' recent prices with their closing prices on the first day of 
      trading. So who's a genius now?
      
                        Number             Average Post-IPO
      Bank              of Deals            Performance*
      
      Goldman Sachs       54                  +0.9%
      
      Credit Suisse
      First Boston        50                  -2.3%
      
      Merrill Lynch       27                  -10.5%
      
      Morgan Stanley
      Dean Witter         34                  -14.7%
      
      * Based on prices at Aug. 24 close
      
      DATA: THOMSON FINANCIAL SECURITIES DATA
      
      
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