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Chrysler takes first step toward IPO

Chrysler Group LLC has taken the first step to re-enter the U.S. capital markets through filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the automaker’s boss Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday. Get the full story »

Latest share plan values Facebook at $60B

Facebook is considering letting its employees sell up to $1 billion of their shares to institutional investors, at a price valuing the company at about $60 billion, an influential industry blog reported. Get the full story »

Largest McDonald’s franchisee plans U.S. IPO

The largest McDonald’s franchisee globally is planning a U.S. listing that could raise as much as $1 billion, the Financial Times said on Wednesday.

Arcos Dorados might file for an initial public offering within days and could start trading in New York in April, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources. Get the full story »

Ally reportedly picks IPO underwriters

Ally Financial, the former General Motors finance arm that was bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, has selected four investment banks to handle an initial public stock offering.

People familiar with the plans say the stock sale will be led by Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. The people spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. Get the full story »

LinkedIn files paperwork for IPO

LinkedIn Corp., the company behind the largest Web site for professional networking, plans to raise at least $175 million in an initial public offering of stock that could open the IPO floodgates for other widely used online services that connect people with common interests.

The IPO papers filed Thursday by LinkedIn puts the 8-year-old company on a path to make its stock market debut in three to four months, barring major stumbling blocks. Get the full story »

Nielsen IPO pulls in $1.6B at $23 a share

Nielsen Holdings, the consumer measurement firm known for its dominance in TV ratings, priced shares in its initial public offering above the expected range Tuesday.

Nielsen sold 71.4 million shares for $23 each, raising about $1.6 billion, an underwriter said. The company sold $250 million worth of mandatory convertible subordinated bonds alongside the IPO. Get the full story »

Testosterone-maker Clarus plans IPO

A Northbrook-based maker of an oral testosterone product is planning an initial public offering of 5 million of its shares at an expected price of $11 to $13 a share, according to a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Get the full story »

Groupon not committed to IPO, CEO says

From Bloomberg News | Groupon Inc., which last month rejected a $6 billion takeover offer from Google Inc., isn’t convinced it will sell shares in an initial public offering anytime soon, said Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mason. Get the full story>>

Facebook raises $1.5B from investors

Facebook says it has raised $1 billion from non-U.S. investors through Goldman Sachs.

Combined with a $500 million investment from Goldman, funds Goldman manages and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies in December, the investments value Facebook at $50 billion. Get the full story »

Nielsen sees 6.5% revenue growth before IPO

TV ratings and consumer research company Nielsen Holdings B.V. reported its preliminary 2010 financial results Tuesday, saying it expects revenue to be higher than it was in 2009. The report comes a week before the company is expected to debut in an initial public offering.

For the year ended Dec. 31, the New York-based company expects revenue between $5.11 billion and $5.13 billion, up 6.3 percent to 6.7 percent from the company’s 2009 revenue, which totaled $4.81 billion. Get the full story »

Goldman’s Blankfein pitches for Groupon’s IPO

Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein went to Chicago to pitch Groupon executives on hiring his bank to underwrite the online coupon company’s initial public offering, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The report was attributed to a single unnamed source. Get the full story »

IPO could value Groupon at $15 billion

New York Times News Service | Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion offer from the search giant Google, is pushing ahead with plans for its initial public offering, a debut that could value the company at $15 billion or more.

The company, which just raised a record $950 million from big investors, discussed a public offering with bankers this week, according to two people with knowledge of the deal who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Banks are pitching Groupon on dizzying valuations at which they expect to take the company public, with many at $15 billion. Get the full story »

Groupon meets with bankers to explore IPO

Groupon’s executives held a series of meetings with bankers Thursday in Chicago to discuss a potential initial public offering for the coupon website, CNBC’s Kate Kelly reported Thursday evening. Groupon, Kelly said, is serious about an IPO, but the process could take months, possibly into this spring. The offering could be worth $1 billion to $1.5 billion, she said, but the company hasn’t offered any details of the potential size of the deal. Get the full story »

Fiat raises Chrysler stake, readies for IPO

Italy’s Fiat lifted its stake in Chrysler to 25 percent Monday as Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne prepares for an upcoming round of meetings with bankers to refinance Chrysler’s debt and to ready an initial public offering of shares. Get the full story »

BATS exchange hires IPO underwriters: WSJ

Bats Global Markets Inc has selected several underwriters for the potential initial public offering by the exchange operator, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the situation.

The BATS IPO would be the first major exchange offering since that of CBOE, operator of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Get the full story »