U.S. investors have shown an increasing appetite for initial public offerings through the final quarter of 2010, as activity in the U.S. IPO market has already surpassed 2008 and 2009 levels, according to accounting firm PwC’s US IPO Watch, a quarterly and annual analysis by the firm of IPOs on U.S. stock exchanges, released Wednesday.

With 154 IPOs completed, that raised a total of $37.5 billion year-to-date, 2010 activity represents a 123 percent increase in volume and 49 percent increase in value, compared with the $25.2 billion raised from 69 IPOs in 2009. 

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