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Forget Twilio And Acacia, This Stock Is Up 6,000% Following Its IPO

Forget Twilio And Acacia, This Stock Is Up 6,000% Following Its IPO

Twilio Inc (NYSE: TWLO)'s stock has gained more than 80 percent since its initial public offering while Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) is higher by nearly 200 percent. By all accounts, these are impressive returns that should satisfy all investors; however, they pale in comparison to the world's hottest IPO.

According to Bloomberg, the world's top performing IPO in 2016 is a Hong Kong-based civil engineering stock called Luen Wong Group Holdings (HKG: 8217). The stock soared nearly 1,500 percent on its first day of trading back in April and is 6,715 percent above its offer price.

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The company's activities include laying roads and digging sewers.

Bloomberg noted this particular instance exemplifies the "quirks" in Hong Kong's stock market. Luen Wong Group reported sales of $41 million in 2015 and earned a profit of $1.1 million but is valued just shy of $3 billion and is trading at 2,196 times its earnings.

This is because many companies only offer a tiny portion of their stock to the public to trade, and there is a "healthy sideline" of mainland China-based firms buying Hong Kong listed forms to plot a reverse takeover.

Bloomberg added that a study conducted by the Securities and Futures Commission found that 56 companies listed in Hong Kong saw their stock rise more than 1,000 percent over a six-month period. Thirty-nine of those companies happened to be unprofitable.

Needless to say, buyer beware.

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