1999: eToys Inc., a startup Internet retailer, goes public on NASDAQ. Initially expected to be priced at $10-$12 per share, the stock is underwritten at $20 and quadruples before the opening bell can even ring.
The first trade is at an astonishing $83 9/16. The shares close the day at $76 9/16, a one-day return of 282.8%.
Just 19 months later, on February 26, 2001, the company announces that it will file bankruptcy.
(It was acquired by Toys “R” Us in February 2009).
via Jason Zweig