BRAND-NAME IPOS: The owner of the Empire State Building, the parent company of budget-friendly clothing store chain Burlington Coat Factory and Potbelly, a sandwich chain, are expected to sell shares in initial public offerings next week.

BRAND-NAME IPOS: The owner of the Empire State Building, the parent company of budget-friendly clothing store chain Burlington Coat Factory and Potbelly, a sandwich chain, are expected to sell shares in initial public offerings next week.

HOT IPO MARKET: A surging stock market is drawing investors to IPOs. This past week, 12 companies went public. That's the most in one week since November 2007, said data provider Dealogic.

WHY IT MATTERS: A more active IPO market can signal that investors have more confidence in the economy.