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The IPO Market Has Never Been Hotter Than It Is Right Now

  • Stock listings set record for a half year as markets rally
  • SPAC boom that drove first-quarter U.S. offerings has cooled
Financial Information Services Company Markit Goes Public On NASDAQ Exchange

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Companies are racing to public markets like never before, cashing in on record-high stock prices.

An all-time high of almost $350 billion has been raised in initial public offerings in the first six months of this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, surpassing the previous peak of $282 billion from the second half of 2020 and enriching entrepreneurs and bankers alike.