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    Shares of Columbia Pipeline Partners  soared 17.87% to $27.11 in afternoon trading Friday, the company's first trading day after its IPO. Columbia Pipeline Partners (CPPL), the first master limited partnership to go public in 2015, priced its initial public offering at $23 late Thursday, greater than the initial range of $19 to $21.

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    Shares of Easterly Government Properties (DEA)   are up 5% to $15.75 in afternoon trading today on the REIT's debut on the New York Stock Exchange. The REIT started trading on the NYSE today under the ticker "DEA" after announcing yesterday the pricing of its initial public offering of 12,000,000 shares of its common stock at $15.

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    Get in on the ground floor of a hot IPO, make a killing. Take the case of fast-casual burger chain Shake Shack (SHAK), which went public last week. For now, we can only look back to last year's IPO flops to learn what lessons we can. Of note, molecular diagnostics companies seem to dominate the list but there are plenty of sectors and industries represented.

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    Wall Street is ending its love affair with GoPro (GPRO) just before Valentine's Day. GoPro (GPRO) shares plunged more than 10% Friday after the company issued a less-than-stellar outlook for the first quarter and announced the surprise departure of its chief operating officer. The wearable camera company went public last summer and quickly wowed Wall Street.

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    Aluminum processor Aleris Corp filed on Thursday to withdraw its $500 million initial public offering, nearly three years after postponing the listing due to market conditions. Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris had planned to list 31.3 million shares in a price range of $15 to $17. The withdrawal is a blow to the private equity firms that own Aleris.

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    Private equity-backed aluminum processor Aleris Corp filed to withdraw its initial public offering, after delaying it for years. The company initially filed for an IPO in April 2011 and delayed it in 2012, citing market conditions.

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    NiSource Inc. (NI) unit Columbia Pipeline Partners LP priced its initial public offering at $23 a share, above its initial range of $19 to 21 a share. The company is selling 46.8 million shares with an option to sell another 7 million. The shares will begin trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol CPPL.

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    Mexican mining, transport and infrastructure company Grupo Mexico is aiming for an initial public offering of its railroad unit in the first half of this year, a senior company executive said on Thursday. On Tuesday, Grupo Mexico said it was considering a public offering for about 15 percent of its rail unit.

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    It may look like an odd time for an IPO for an energy company, but demand for units of Columbia Pipeline Partners is expected to be strong. The shares, which will be priced Thursday night and begin trading on Friday, will be in a master limited partnership, or MLP, which passes most of its profit on to shareholders in the form of a dividend, much like a real estate investment trust.

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    Getting in at the offering price on a hot IPO may prove difficult -- if not impossible -- for the majority of retail investors. Last year was a record-breaking year for initial public offerings in terms of deal size and number of deals, with Lending Club and Alibaba (BABA), as the top two IPOs in 2014.

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    If gossip on the Twittersphere is to be believed, then Twitter CEO Dick Costolo might lose his job. Thursday's quarterly earnings report could help decide his fate. Twitter has been an inconsistent stock since its blockbuster initial public offering in November 2013. A month later, the stock was up nearly 200% from its offering price to over $70 a share.

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    Shares of GlaxoSmithKline are up 2.94% to $45.56 in pre-market trade after it was reported that the drugmaker hired Citi, Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) as financial advisers on its ViiV Healthcare unit as the company explores a partial initial public offering of its HIV medicines unit, sources told Reuters.

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    GlaxoSmithKline Plc CEO Andrew Witty tells reporters: * CEO says any ViiV IPO likely to be 2016 event * CEO says globally scaled businesses post-Novartis deal will have more options * CEO says not giving any guidance for 2016 dividend * CEO says share of new respiratory patients in Japan, U.S. has started to go. up in recent weeks * CEO says 29 pct in 2014 smoking cessation product sales mainly...

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    LONDON-- European budget carrier Wizz Air Holdings PLC on Wednesday revived plans to float stock in London after falling oil prices boosted the fortunes of most airlines. Wizz Air said it plans to raise 150 million euros when it floats in the first quarter. "It is not only the market environment that has moved in a positive direction, but also our business has performed well," Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi said in an interview.

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    GlaxoSmithKline has hired Citi, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as financial advisers on its ViiV Healthcare unit as the drugmaker explores a partial initial public offering of its HIV medicines unit, sources familiar with the matter said. Britain's biggest drugmaker, which is due to release full-years results at 1200 GMT, declined to comment on the news on Wednesday.