kgb goes to ground

March 20, 2009

BRITAIN-POISONING/RUSSIAkgb, a New York provider of directory assistance services that has nothing to do with Soviet-era spy services, canceled its $250 million IPO Thursday. It cited the ever sinister “unfavorable market conditions”, and decided it would remain cloaked in the secrecy of private ownership, depriving the market of one of the coolest tickers of the year. That could be good news for a provider of corporate intelligence services that is looking to list with the ticker “KGB”, which is still available on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are some other cool tickers that that have blown their cover:

On the New York Stock Exchange:
CIA — Citizens Inc (insurance)
FLY — Babcock & Brown Air Ltd (airline leasing)
HOG — Harley Davidson Inc
LUV — Southwest Airlines Co
PAY — Verifone Holdings (credit card payment machines)
POT — Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

On the Nasdaq:
BABY — Natus Medical (newborn care products)
BEAT — CardioNet (health care)
BOOT — LaCrosse Footware
CACA — Chardan 2008 China Acquisition (SPAC)
CASA — Mexican Restaurants Inc
FIZZ — National Beverage Corp
HOOK — Craft Brewers Alliance
KFED — K-Fed Bancorp (no relation to Britney Spears’ ex)
RAIL — FreightCar America
SHIP — Seanergy Maritime Holdings
WOOF — VCA Antech (animal health care company)

Got any others?

(PHOTO: The headquarters of the FSB, the Russian state security service and the main successor to the Soviet era’s KGB, are seen at Lubyanka Square in Moscow December 5, 2006 REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA)

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