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TimeMaster
Peace, Equality & Humanity
06:30 PM on 05/18/2012
It's strange to see restrictions and possible penalties to "discourage" investors from selling too quickly, but insiders are basically selling off on the first day. Too bad that these fools and their money are so easily separated by the banks and Wall Streeters.

In 30 to 180 days the stock may be left with half the value of the IPO depending on the timing for quarterly earnings, the general stock market direction, or even analyst ratings.
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07:09 PM on 05/18/2012
of course, but they deserve it------they should have shown more discernment-----who cares-these people cause market trouble on balance-------better they should be spun off---
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rybalaw
06:03 PM on 05/18/2012
I thought that only the best customers of Goldman, Morgan and Merrill got to participate in IPOs. I did not think that customers of the discount brokers got to participate. I always assumed that the only investment banks that could handle an IPO were the three named above and they onnly took care of their best customers and the rest of the investor class could roast.
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Russ Vanover
Lebowski Little Urban Achiever
01:10 PM on 05/18/2012
180 days? What a joke.
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Skeetshooter
Artist, writer, provocateur
01:00 PM on 05/18/2012
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble.....
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Aerobat
Truth through humor ... and sarcasm
12:05 PM on 05/18/2012
The last thing they want is for the sucker money to get out before the big investors take their profits. All these rules are just for the small investors.

Do you really think Big investment firms buy their stock through E-Trade or Schwab. The big investors have seats on the floor and they can buy and sell as much stock as they want or as fast as their computers can process the trades (Miliseconds) to suck out profits. And there is nobody to slap their wrist because it's legal for them and restricted for small investors.

These artificial restrictions by the brokers are only meant to keep the small money in place so it can be ravished by the big guys if things start looking precarious.
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02:07 PM on 05/18/2012
Exactly
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07:11 PM on 05/18/2012
yep---but these small guys (and I am one) gotta get some sense, or they deserve what they get----hate to sound callous----but one does homework before playing in this banana field
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daily randy
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
09:20 AM on 05/18/2012
So few rules for investment firms, so many rules for the small investors. You can bet TD AmeriTrade, Chuck, and E*Trade all buy and sell new IPO stock any time they want. But the rest of us better not.