Wall $treet focus: Twitter goes public, IPO on the rise

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Twitter is joining the flock of companies that have filed to make their stock market debut this year. The online messaging service is seeking to tap into public financing as the number of companies making their initial public stock offering is on the rise.

So far this year, 131 companies have begun trading for the first time.

That’s a 44 percent rise over the same period in 2012. Renaissance Capital, an IPO tracking firm, estimates there are at least 70 companies that may make their initial public stock offering by year’s end. That would bring the number of debuts to 200, a level last reached in 2007.

Here’s a look at some of the companies that have filed to go public and are sitting in the IPO pipeline.

Companies sitting in the IPO pipeline

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Initial filings to go public, by month, in 2013

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