Initial-public-offering meaning

The sale of a new securities issue to the public, usually by way of an underwriter.
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A company’s first sale of stock to the general public. Typically, a company hires an underwriter, which is an investment bank that specializes in selling stock to the public, to handle the IPO. The sales process is highly regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which approves all public stock sales.
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(US, business) The first offering to members of the public of stock in a company, normally followed by a listing of that stock on a stock exchange.
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