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Deals wrap: Cooling off on IPOs

June 16, 2011

Samsonite, the world’s biggest luggage maker, dropped 7.7 percent in its Hong Kong trading debut on Thursday, underscoring tepid investor appetite for initial public offerings as global markets struggle.

Pipeline operator Energy Transfer will buy smaller rival Southern Union for about $4.11 billion to bolster its natural gas gathering and transportation capacity amid burgeoning production from U.S. shale fields.

Alibaba Group said it has reorganized Taobao, China’s largest e-commerce website, into three separate companies, squashing any chance of a Taobao public offering.

Investors learned a hard lesson on Wednesday about red-hot Internet companies: they can go cold very quickly. The Lonely Value Investor writes about loving Pandora’s product, but hating the stock.

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