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Equity market round-up: The month in numbers

20,000,000,000 - 8 - 8.7

20,000,000,000 the amount in dollars raised across equity capital markets globally in one week this May. Bankers are hopeful that the volume of deals will increase as investors’ confidence seems to be improving.

8 the number of renewable energy IPOs withdrawn or postponed so far in 2008. EDP Renováveis, the renewable energy division of Portuguese power company EDP, however, plans to go ahead with its plan to raise €1.5 billion to €2 billion in an IPO launched this May.

8.7 the point rise in the State Street Global Investor Confidence Index this May, which now reads 81.0, up from 72.3 in April. North American investors were the key drivers of the rise, as their risk appetite increased by 8 points from 77.0 to 85.0. In other regions, the confidence levels saw negligible changes from the previous month, with European investor confidence falling by 0.5 points to 76.3 and Asian investor confidence rising by 0.2 to 86.4.

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