Tiny IPO Spikes 1,150% in US Debut in Wake of AMTD Digital

(Bloomberg) — For the seventh time this year, a tiny US listing by a company based in China or Hong Kong is seeing a wild price surge after its initial public offering.

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This time, it’s Hong Kong’s Magic Empire Global Ltd.. which was halted for volatility after surging nearly 4,000% above its IPO price in its debut session Friday. It’s the latest in a string of similar moves that includes AMTD Digital Inc. — the firm that became bigger than Goldman Sachs after surging by 14,000%.

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Seven of the 10 US listings from China and Hong Kong this year have now experienced similarly unusual price action. That stands out at a time of otherwise muted IPO activity due to market volatility and reduced public valuations.

Magic Empire, which provides underwriting and advisory services, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The IPO was underwritten by Network 1 Financial.

For its part, AMTD Digital is down 8.8% on Friday. It’s the third straight day of losses that have left the stock 9,259% above its July 15 IPO price.

(Updates headline and the second paragraph for the latest trading, and adds AMTD Digital details in the final paragraph.)

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