Latham inventory opens to investor cheers, valuing dwelling swimming pool firm at almost $three billion

Investors were delighted with Latham Group Inc.’s SWIM debut (+ 43.42% on Wall Street) as shares of the in-ground swimming pool company opened 30% above the market price. The good reception may have surprised some as the IPO late Thursday pegged it at $ 19 per share, which was on the lower end of the expected range of between $ 19 and $ 21 per share. The first trade was at 11:53 a.m. Eastern at $ 24.70 for 1.9 million shares, valued at approximately $ 2.97 billion for Latham. The company sold 20 million shares in the IPO to raise $ 380 million. The stock has cut some gains since opening as it recently traded 28.7% at $ 24.40. The company went public on a day when the IPO of the Renaissance IPO ETF (+ 2.06%) rose 1.8% and the S&P 500 SPX (+ 1.09%) rose 1.0% .