Rovio, Creator Of Angry Birds, Surprisingly Passive In First Day’s Trading

Morning Report: The birds are angry. The stock is boring.

Living up to the Levie Dictum, Rovio’s IPO today was a bit of a snooze.

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After pricing at the upper-end of a lower-than-expected range, shares of the Angry Birds franchise owner are flat at the time of writing. They are worth €11.50 per share, the same value at which they debuted.

The Rovio debut on the Finnish Nasdaq is a slight disappointment, coming on the heels of debuts from Despegar, Best, and Roku. Those firms had more impressive first days.

But Rovio is a gaming company. This forces us to ask, and the company to answer, all sorts of questions. Questions like does the firm depend too much on one set of gaming IP? And since we all know the answer to that question, we get to ask another:  to compensate for any potential loss in revenue from Angry Birds, can the firm create another popular franchise?

Investors who bid the company’s shares up in early trading before they settled to unch seemed to think so.

In the meantime, we’re figuring out how to get the company’s exotic ticker symbol to work in our sometimes-updated Live Stock Spreadsheet, so hang tight for now.

And finally, it’s worth nothing that the IPO world has now gone back to sleep. There are zero tech IPOs currently on the calendar for October. MongDB could change that, but it’s not clear what else is on the horizon.

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