stockprice.jpgFive initial public offerings yesterday (Wed) showed the time is ripe to issue new shares, especially in technology — all of them were robust, seeing their stocks start trading at the high end of expectations or even higher.

ComscoreComScore, which measures the amount of traffic Web sites get, is benefiting from strong growth among Internet companies. Its initial pricing plans were between $14 and $16, but the price hit $16.50, opened trading at $22 and then shot up to $23.47 before closing. The company made $1.5 million in profit on revenue of $18.7 million in the most recent quarter. Accel Partners, of Palo Alto, is a big beneficiary. The venture firm owned $26.1 percent of it before the IPO. Other holders included JP Morgan, IVP, Lehman, Adams Street and Topspin.

Data Domain — The storage appliance company saw its stock rise to $24.95, or 66 percent higher than its $15 IPO price. That IPO price, in turn, was higher than its planned range of $11.50 to $13.50 a share. This despite a $1.5 million loss for first quarter. Greylock, NEA and Sutter Hill Ventures all held major chunks of the company.

Spreadtrum Communications — Chinese semiconductor company saw its stock increase 14 percent from its IPO price.

Spectra Energy Partners — The natural gas company saw its stock close at $28.40, or 29 percent higher than its $22 IPO price — above the expected range of $19 to $21.

AuthenTec – Fingerprint sensor company, was the rotten one of the bunch, falling 9 percent below its $11 IPO price. Still, its price range was $9 to $11, and the company is losing money, so what can you expect?

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