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Week in Review: FireEye, Rocket Fuel, and the Empire State Building

Earlier this week both FireEye and Rocket Fuel priced their IPOs higher than the expected ranges, indicating that Wall Street certainly has an appetite for Silicon Valley tech companies. Many point to Twitter (which really shouldn’t have filed confidentially) as the source of the IPO activity.

However, it is not just tech IPOs that are making headlines. Empire State Realty has finally set its IPO target of $1.07 billion, Re/Max priced its IPO at $241.5 million, and Hilton announced its $1.25 billion IPO last week. Internationally, Hong Kong’s IPO market is showing life as well.

It seems like the IPO market is warming up. But knock on wood — the markets can be fickle.

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