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Number of public companies has dropped (access required)

The nation has fewer public companies than a few years or a decade ago. The number of publicly traded companies on U.S. exchanges peaked at 8,000 in 1996, before dropping through mergers and de-listings to roughly 5,300 by 2003 and about 4,400 by 2016. And the number of IPOs of at least $50 million has dwindled ...

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