Twitter IPO Stokes Hot Market for Internet Stocks

Twitter IPO Stokes Hot Market for Internet Stocks

Internet stocks are heating up again, just as Twitter is preparing to turn up the temperature with its highly anticipated IPO.

Consider what’s happened in the past month: The once-scorned stocks of Netflix and Facebook have soared to new highs; Yahoo’s long-languishing stock has regained its vigor and surpassed $34 for the first time in nearly six years; enamored investors just poured more than $1.7 billion into secondary stock offerings by LinkedIn and Pandora Media Inc.; and Priceline.com’s stock recently broke $1,000, catapulting past its peak reached in 1999 during the dot-com boom.

“There is great demand right now to invest in companies that could be powering the future, but it’s a window of opportunity that won’t last forever,” says BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis.

As hot as some Internet stocks are, the fervor is nothing like it was in the late 1990s when investors minted dozens of unprofitable companies with rich market values.

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