In Brief: Oct. 11, 1999

IPO UPDATE Internet IPOs are sexy, but remember: stock prices tend to get the biggest boost on Day One, before most small investors can jump in. Nontech IPOs are an alternative, though this year's offerings have been lackluster. That may change, or at least get interesting, when Martha Stewart and World Wrestling Federation go public this month.

THIS YEAR'S IPO AVERAGES*

Internet-related stocks

[up] 111% From offering price [up] 23% From first-day closing price

Nontechnology stocks

[up] 11% From offering price [down] 2% From first-day closing price

*Through 8/28/99 Source: Renaissance Capital

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