Below is a chart showing the number of US initial public offerings (IPOs) by month going back to 1991. After becoming non-existent during the 2008 collapse, IPOs have been making a comeback. Since the current bull market began in March 2009, the number of IPOs by month has steadily increased. While we're still not getting the amount of IPOs seen during the mid-2000s bull market (and not nearly the amount seen during the Internet bubble), at least things are moving in the right direction (click to enlarge).
IPOs seem to be gaining more and more media coverage ever since the new General Motors (NYSE:GM) IPOd in mid-November. Below we highlight all of the companies that have gone public on US exchanges over the last three months. As shown, Youku.com (NYSE:YOKU) -- the so-called Chinese YouTube -- has done the best of all companies that have gone public since the start of November with a gain of 150%. Do-it-yourself soda maker SodaStream (NASDAQ:SODA) ranks second with a gain of 113% and is the only other IPO to gain more than 100% from its IPO price. Dangdang (NYSE:DANG) (the Chinese Amazon.com) is up the third most with a gain of 81%, followed by Fresh Market (NASDAQ:TFM), Inphi (NYSE:IPHI), iSoftstone (NYSE:ISS), and RDA Microelectronics (NASDAQ:RDA). General Motors (GM) is currently up about 8% from its IPO price. Of the 53 IPOs shown, only 9 are down from their offering price. Click to enlarge: