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Deals wrap: Glencore disappoints while Yandex confirms price

May 24, 2011

Even though sources close to Glencore felt the commodities trader had left “money on the table” with an offer price of 530 pence that valued the company at $59.15 billion, the company’s shares were stuck under water on their first day of official trade, dashing hopes of a strong start.

While some analysts still expressed concern over Glencore’s valuation, several analysts and bankers brushed aside worries about the stock trading below the offer price. They said the market debut should be seen as a success given its size and the continued uncertainty in both commodity and equity markets.

In other news Yandex’s initial public offering, the Internet sector’s biggest U.S. float since Google, was 17 times oversubscribed, a source said, with demand boosted by a blow-out float of LinkedIn.

Yandex priced the offer at $25 per share, it said in a statement on Tuesday, confirming an earlier Reuters report.

The float on the Nasdaq raised $1.3 billion, or 19 percent more than initially expected for Yandex, the leading internet search site in Russia.

Seeking Alpha takes an in depth look at how Yandex went from the creation of two entrepreneurs 20 years ago, to the Google of Russia today.

Finally Shira Ovide of WSJ.com has in interesting look at the merry-go-round between eBay, Skype and Microsoft.

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