01 Jan '12, 4am

Hong Kong set to retain IPO crown, faces bumpy 2012 - Straits Times

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong looks set to retain its crown as the world's biggest IPO market for the third year in a row, pipping New York, but analysts warn of a tough 2012 as market volatility continues. The southern Chinese city overtook New York in 2009 to become the top venue for new listings, as a slew of companies turned to the Asian financial hub in a bid to tap mainland China's explosive growth and cash-rich investors. Despite a choppy year, exacerbated by the euro zone debt crisis that saw some firms shelve or downsize their initial public offerings, Hong Kong is likely to hold its top spot in 2011, according to latest industry data. The Hong Kong stock exchange raised some US$36 billion (S$46.7 billion) through new listings as of Dec 29, against US$31.4 billion raised in New York, according to data provider Dealogic, which tracks IPOs in major markets.

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