2 New Issues IPO Investors Need to Know About for This Week

The next few days will be relatively light on the IPO front. Nevertheless, this pair of new stocks will be worth keeping an eye on.

Jun 29, 2014 at 12:00PM

As it's done several times this year, the IPO world will take a little break this week. That respite will come in handy for a market that's seen a torrent of issues over the past two weeks.

Several of those enjoyed serious pops on their first day of trading. Specifically, action photography specialist GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) and alt-power company NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) both closed 31% higher than their respective issue prices on their first day of trading.

This week might not be as exciting. At the moment, only four issues are slated to hit the market between today and Friday. None is anticipated to take in more than $66 million in gross proceeds.

Before we get into this week's pair of IPO picks, we have to issue our standard warning -- IPO investing carries above-average risk, as initial stock prices can be far from the value the market eventually puts on the company's shares. This situation provides great upside potential, but it also carries the risk of losing a substantial part of an investment.

Thanks for listening. Now, without further ado ...

Minerva Neurosciences
To corrupt the famous quote, the only sure things in life in 2014 are death, taxes, and at least one biopharma IPO every other week. Taking its turn on the runway is Minerva Sciences, a clinical-stage company that concentrates on developing solutions to treat disorders of the central nervous system. It has two lead product candidates, one a treatment for schizophrenia, and the other a drug for major depressive disorder, and stands to do well if it can effectively bring at least one to market. 

Just over 5.45 million shares of Minerva Neurosciences will go on sale Tuesday at a price of $10 to $12 apiece. The stock should list on the Nasdaq under the highly appropriate ticker symbol NERV. The issue's lead underwriter is Leucadia National's (NYSE:LUK) Jefferies.

Investar Holding
Although somewhat unheralded, the regional-banks segment of the financial sector has a number of stocks that have climbed high on the exchange in recent years -- US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) and KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) have more than doubled in price since mid-to-late 2011, to name but two. Modest lender Investar Holding will be hoping to benefit from the bullish sentiment driving up the prices of its peers. The company has nine branches throughout Louisiana, with total assets just under $674 million. Its finances look solid, with admirable growth in both the aforementioned assets and profitability.

Investar Holding will make its stock market debut on Tuesday, trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol ISTR. A total of 2.875 million shares will be offered for $15 to $17 per share, and the lead underwriters are Sandler O'Neill + Partners and Sterne Agee. 

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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