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Looking to the Future - IPOs in 2012

A recent Focus infographic names technology as the current hottest industry in terms of IPO activity, at $7.2 billion.

As of the end of last month, the number of initial public offerings that debuted in 2011 was 76 - a marked slowdown compared to last year's figure of 152, Techi notes. However, this year's figures are still positive, especially in comparison to the start of the recession.

Looking ahead to 2012, things are shaping up to be more prosperous, fueling hopes that the bottleneck created in 2008 and 2009 may be alleviated. A recent Focus infographic names technology as the current hottest industry in terms of IPO activity, at $7.2 billion. The 35 technology IPOs launched this year garnered an average first-day return of more than 20 percent.

Technology is followed by the industries of energy ($6.5 billion), healthcare ($4.9 billion), financial ($3.5 billion) and consumer ($3 billion). "Cold" industries include transportation and communications (both $1.6 billion), materials ($0.5 billion), business services ($0.3 billion), capital goods and services and utilities (both $0.1 billion).

One of the biggest IPO rumors of the moment involves Facebook potentially floating itself to outside investors. Eric Jackson notes on the Forbes blog that some analysts believe the social networking titan's valuation could hit $100 billion after it goes public. 

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