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U.S. IPO market suspends due to government shutdown
Last Updated: 2019-01-10 17:15 | Xinhua
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There will be no new initial public offerings (IPOs) since Wednesday until the U.S. partial government shutdown is resolved, said Renaissance Capital on Wednesday, due to the consequent partial closure of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The U.S. institutional research service's statement complies with the SEC's operations plan under a lapse in appropriations and government shutdown, which was publicized on the latter's official website in December last year. The IPO-focused company's statement was also reposted by the official website of Nasdaq.

The SEC halted reviewing and approving corporate registration statements and other related paperwork on Wednesday, following the last IPO filing of Exeter Finance, a full-service subprime auto lender backed by U.S. multinational private equity Blackstone, as of Tuesday.

As the U.S. government shutdown lurches into the third week with no signs of end, there has been only eight companies filing for IPO so far in January.

Among them, there was one Chinese company, Powerbridge Technologies, a provider of global trade management applications based in Zhuhai, a city in south China's Guangdong Province.

The Chinese tech company filed on Jan. 4 with the SEC to raise up to 15 million U.S. dollars in an IPO.

Such companies now have to protract their plans to trade in the U.S. stock market until the country's government agencies eventually re-open, which indicates a sluggish start of the U.S. IPO market in 2019.

Apart from the seemingly interminable U.S. government shutdown, Renaissance Capital attributed the slow start of 2019 U.S. IPO market largely to two other factors.

One is that January is typically a less active month for IPOs. Another lies in the market's recent downturn and spike in volatility, which makes it difficult to price new deals.

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