1) Snap, crackle, pop: big week for IPOs. Six offerings have priced overnight, bringing to nine the total number of flotations pricing this week. August is normally a dead month, but IPO activity has been strong thanks to the stock market at new highs.
What's hot: biotech (Intrexon (XON) a hit yesterday), and software in the cloud (Cvent and MiX Telematics today). Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) are still coming out (World Point Terminals and WEP Midstream today) as a dividend play, but that story is getting old.
Pricing overnight at the NYSE include:
a) Cvent (CVT) (event management software) priced 5.6 million shares at $21 each, above the $17-$19 range;
b) Frank's International (FI) (Oil Services) priced 30 million shares at $22 apiece, above the $19-$21 range;
c) QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) (Master Limited Partnership) priced 20 million shares at $21 each, high end of $19-$21 range, with a 5 percent yield;
d) World Point Terminals (WPT) (oil terminals, also a Master Limited Partnership) priced 8.8 million shares at $20 apiece, middle of $19-$21 range, with a 6 percent yield;
e) MiX Telematics (MIXT) (fleet management software) prices 6.3 million shares at $16 each, high end of $14-$16 range. This is not a true IPO, because it already trades in Johannesburg, South Africa;
At the NASDAQ: Stock Building Supply (STCK) (lumber supplies) priced 7 million shares (less than the 8.8 million expected) at $14 each, below $16-$18 range.
2) Stock mutual funds see their 31st straight week of inflows, raking in a healthy $3.97 billion in the week ended Wednesday, according to Lipper. Money also poured into bonds last week with bond mutual funds collecting $3.89 billion in assets.
3) Tableau Software, one of the first exclusively Big Data companies to go public (back in May), reported earnings of $0.01, well above expectations of a loss of $0.16, and revenues were stronger than expected. Guidance was raised. They added a record 1,500 new customers.
—By CNBC's Bob Pisani