April 26, 2018 / 3:30 PM / a year ago

BUZZ-Tech IPO market fired up; Ceridian, nLight soar in debut

** Ceridian HCM Holding and nLight Inc keep the momentum in tech IPOs going

** CDAY and LASR biggest pct gainers among U.S.-listed stocks on Thurs

** Human resources software provider Ceridian opens at $28.90 vs $22 IPO price; co raised $462 mln from sale of 21 mln shares $1 above the $19-$21 range

** Laser semiconductor maker nLight opens at $23.00 vs $16 IPO price; co priced its upsized offering of 6 mln shares (up from 5.4 mln at launch) $1 above the $13-$15 range, and one day ahead of the original scheduled date

** On tap to price later today is e-signature co DocuSign ; IPO size could be ~$600 mln as co bumped its range to $26-$28

** And software firm Smartsheet on Tues bumped its price range to $12-$14 with its deal also slated to price Thurs

** Meanwhile, Dell Technologies-backed Pivotal Software, which got off to disappointing start on Fri, now trading 23 pct above its $15 offer price

** The IPO market has been ragged of late, but investor mood toward tech deals, especially software, has vastly improved

** Strong debuts by Dropbox and Zscaler in Mar, and Zuora Inc earlier this mth have helped pave the way

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