BUZZ- U.S. IPOs: Lift off!
** Eight IPOs launch this morning, while Fitbit Inc leads a diverse lineup of co's seeking to raise as much as $3 bln over next two weeks
** Investor demand building for Fitbit's $450m IPO, on track to price Wed night, as consumer tech co addresses 11th-hour lawsuit from rival Jawbone
** Univar Inc ($420 mln, chemicals) and 8Point3 Energy Partners ($400 mln, utility yieldco) week's other large IPOs, both on tap to price Thursday night
** TransUnion Holding Company, ($650 mln, credit bureau), Alarm.com Holdings ($100 mln, tech) and Glaukos Corp ($75 mln, biotech) among co's on road marketing ahead of prospective debuts next week
** Last week strong performances seen as five IPOs raised $565 mln
** Alzheimer biotech Axovant Sciences Ltd delivers one of year's best first-day pops, doubles in its debut before paring gains
** Shares of Wingstop Inc take flight, finish week up 61 pct as fast casual chicken wing restaurant chain prices IPO above upwardly revised range
** Alongside last week's IPOs, 17 follow-ons ($4.6 bln) and three convertibles ($625 mln) priced, approaching $5.8 bln in transaction value
** Notable $682 mln Newmont Mining Corp follow-on as co raises equity, rare event for gold miners, to help fund its acquisition from AngloGold Ashanti [ID:nL1N0YW1F2 Continued...