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The first technology IPO of the year also posted this year's best first-day gain. Care.com (NYSE:CRCM), the largest online marketplace for family care, is the latest in a string of successful tech IPOs, with the previous five (NMBL, ATHM, WBAI, GOMO, ZU) posting an average return of 110%. In fact, since November, of the nine other tech companies to go public, all but one is trading 70% above its IPO price.

However, IPOs in general have not fared as well this year. Excluding Care.com, the average first-day return has been a relatively weak 3%. Outside of Care, only one IPO in 2013 (GlycoMimetics (NASDAQ:GLYC)) managed to hit the average long-term first-day return of 11-13%. Especially impressive is Care.com's performance during the broad market sell-off of the last two days, which saw the stocks of many high-growth / internet names take a hit. Care.com raised $91 million on Thursday after pricing at $17 with an initial price range of $14 - $16.

Initial Public Offerings of 2014
CompanyTickerBusinessDeal Size
($mm)
First-Day
Return
Total
Return
Care.comCRCMOnline family care marketplace$9143%43%
GlycoMimeticsGLYCClinical-stage biotech$5613%18%
Cypress Energy Partners LPCELPEnergy Co. inspection services$757%15%
Santander Consumer USASCSubprime auto loans$1,8005%1%
Rice EnergyRICENatural gas E&P$9244%4%
RSP PermianRSPPOil and gas E&P$3903%3%
CHC GroupHELIHelicopters for oil/gas industry$310-2%-5%
EP EnergyEPEOil and gas E&P$704-10%-9%

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Source: Investors Care About Care.com; 40% First-Day Pop Is Best Of 2014