Twitter may have garnered the most attention, but it was just one of 222 companies to make its initial public stock offering this year. That's the most since 406 debuted in 2000.
It has been five years since the financial crisis dampened enthusiasm for IPOs. In 2008, only 31 companies began trading for the first time. Investor interest has since gained momentum as the major market indexes moved into record territory. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index both closed at an all-time high on Friday.
The IPO market was also less volatile in 2013. In the past two years, IPO activity slowed as concerns, such as the European debt crisis and Facebook's troubled debut, weighed on the market. IPO tracking firm Renaissance Capital expects another strong year for IPOs in 2014.Associated Press
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