Tiny IPO Peaks 1,150% in US Debut in AMTD Digital’s Wake


(Bloomberg) — For the seventh time this year, a small U.S. listing of a company based in China or Hong Kong is seeing a wild rise in price after its initial public offering.

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This time it’s Magic Empire Global Ltd. in Hong Kong, which was halted due to volatility after it rose nearly 4,000% above the IPO price during its debut session Friday. It is the latest in a string of similar moves, including AMTD Digital Inc. – the company that grew larger than Goldman Sachs after rising 14,000%.

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Seven out of 10 US listings out of China and Hong Kong this year have now seen similar unusual price action. This is noticeable at a time of otherwise muted IPO activity due to market volatility and reduced public valuations.

Magic Empire, which provides insurance and advisory services, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The IPO was underwritten by Network 1 Financial.

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AMTD Digital, for its part, was down 8.8% on Friday. It is the third consecutive day of losses that have left the stock 9.259% above its July 15 IPO price.

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