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    * BOJ bought ETFs worth 35.2 bln yen on Wednesday * Olympus dives to near 1-month low after Sony halves stake * Mobile application providers jump after Nikkei says Line files 2nd time to go public By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, April 2 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose more than 1.5 percent on Thursday morning, rebounding from Wednesday's three-week low, helped by short-covering and hopes that the central bank is buying stocks. The Nikkei benchmark added 296.42 points to 19,331.26 in mid-morning trade. As of Wednesday, the benchmark dropped 3.6 percent from its 15-year high closing level of 19,754.36 hit last week. "Hedge funds are seen covering their short positions as the Nikkei fell sharply this week," said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. "But they are short-term investors, so whether the gains are sustained throughout the day is uncertain." Traders noted hopes that the Bank of Japan will buy stocks during periods of market weakness were supporting sentiment. Central bank data showed that it bought 35.2 billion yen worth of exchange traded funds (ETF) on Wednesday, when the market fell to a three-week low. The positive sentiment offset Wall Street's drop after weaker-than-expected data spurred concerns over economic growth ahead of Friday's jobs report. Banking shares were higher as investors bought back from the recent falls, with Mizuho Financial Group rising 1.7 percent and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group gaining 2.4 percent. Mobile application providers soared after the Nikkei business daily said messaging app developer Line filed a second application in Tokyo to go public, with an eye on an initial public offering as early as this year. Internet advertising services provider Adways Inc jumped 15 percent, e-book company Media Do Co soared 10 percent and gaming content provider Ateam Inc surged 8.5 percent. Olympus Corp, however, tumbled 5.8 percent to a near one-month low after Sony Corp halved its stake in the camera and endoscope maker to raise funds for a restructuring drive. Sony rose 2.8 percent. The broader Topix gained 1.6 percent to 1,553.49 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 added 1.7 percent to 14,126.90.

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    Etsy Inc, which operates a website that sells handmade goods and craft supplies, said its initial public offering was expected to be priced at $14-$16 per share. The offering of 16.66 million common shares is expected to raise about $266.65 million at the top end of the expected range, valuing Etsy at about $1.78 billion.

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    GoDaddy (GDDY) did just that after launching its initial public offering Wednesday, soaring by double digits. Must Read: 11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty. The Web site hosting and services company surged on its public debut today after pricing its IPO at $20 a share Tuesday night, raising $460 million in capital.

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     . Ever wish you could get in with the big boys investing in companies before they go public? EquityZen is an online platform that allows accredited investors to buy shares in companies that are still privately held, CEO Atish Davda, explained Wednesday. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend-Paying Stocks for 2015.

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    Etsy may be the latest brand-name Internet company to file for an initial public offering. But it apparently isn't yet famous enough to turn a profit. The online marketplace for handmade goods kicked off the roadshow for its coming IPO on Wednesday.

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    Shares of GoDaddy  closed up 30.75% to $26.15 on Wednesday, the Internet domain registrar and web hosting company's first trading day after its IPO. The company priced its 22 million shares at $20 apiece, above the expected range of $17 to $19 a share, and raised approximately $460 million in its initial public offering. The stock hit a low of $25.49 and a high of $26.84 on Wednesday.

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    Etsy yesterday announced the start of its IPO roadshow and proposed pricing, but analysts are concerned that it may be seeking too rich a valuation. The Brooklyn-based handmade-goods marketplace is looking for up to a $1.78 billion valuation despite losing $15.2 million in 2014 -- steeper than the company's $800,000 loss in 2013 -- on a 56% increase in revenue.

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    - Web hosting company GoDaddy Inc has priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, above its previously indicated $17 to $19 per share range, valuing it at around $4.5 billion, including debt, according to underwriting sources. At this price, the IPO would raise $440 million.

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    Shares of GoDaddy Inc. (GDDY), a technology provider to small businesses, opened at $26.15 in their market debut, 31% above their initial public offering price Wednesday. The stock recently traded at $25.76 on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GDDY." GoDaddy (GDDY), which is perhaps known nearly as much for its racy television commercials as it is for selling Web domains, has been working to make over its image.

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    CNX Coal Resources LP, Consol Energy Inc's (CNX) thermal coal business formed as a master limited partnership, filed for an initial public offering with U.S. regulators on Wednesday. The filing had a nominal fundraising target of $250 million. The amount of money a company says it plans to raise in its first IPO filings is used to calculate registration fees.

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    Consol Energy Inc. (CNX) said Wednesday it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the initial public offering of its CNX Coal Resources unit. The unit's initial assets are expected to consist of a 20% stake and operational control of Consol's Pennsylvania mining complex, which comprises three mines and related infrastructure, the company said in a statement. The company is planning to list the unit's shares on the New York Stock Exchange...

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    GoDaddy (GDDY) has taken it first lap around Wall Street. The stock popped over 30% on its initial day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "GDDY." The website hosting service known for its racy Super Bowl ads and sponsorship of NASCAR star Danica Patrick priced its IPO at $20 Tuesday night, compared with its expected range of $17 to $19.

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    Could raise more than $300 million. Etsy Inc., ahead of its roadshow that begins Wednesday, said its initial public offering could raise more than $300 million. The funds would be split between the online-marketplace company and shareholders.

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    * IPO could raise 70-100 mln euros. * Rising biotech interest among European investors. * Follows flood of IPOs in the United States. By Philip Blenkinsop. Belgian molecular diagnosis company Biocartis Group is planning a listing on Euronext Brussels to fund expansion, it said on Wednesday, seeking to take advantage of growing European interest in the sector.

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    IPO SA : * Said on Tuesday that it plans reverse merger transaction with Florida Investments Corp, based in Tampa, US. * Extraordinary shareholders meeting resolved to change company's name to Florida Investments SA, on March 30. * On next extraordinary meeting shareholder will resolve upon issue of new shares to shareholders of Florida Investments Corp, under the reverse merger transaction.

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    GoDaddy priced its IPO beyond its earlier pricing range and bumped up the offering by 1 million shares on Tuesday, a move that signals the strong interest its IPO has spurred among investors. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company, will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "GDDY."  Typically, once a company prices its IPO, its shares begin to trade on the market the following day.

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    Website-hosting company GoDaddy Inc. priced its initial public offering late Tuesday above its indicative range, reports said, suggesting strong demand for the issue. GoDaddy drew $20 a share for the IPO, Reuters cited unnamed underwriting sources as saying, with Dow Jones Newswires later reporting the same amount. This would be above the previously stated $17-$19 range and would imply proceeds of $440 million, with a total company value of about $4.5 billion, according to...

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    Web hosting company GoDaddy Inc has priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, above its previously indicated $17 to $19 per share range, valuing it at around $4.5 billion, including debt, according to underwriting sources. At this price, the IPO would raise $440 million.

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    - Web hosting company GoDaddy Inc has priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, above it previously indicated $17 to $19 per share range, valuing it at around $4.5 billion, including debt, according to underwriting sources. At this price, the IPO would raise $440 million.