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Palm licensee Handspring raised $200 million yesterday when it launched itself as a publicly owned company.

The company sold ten million shares at $20 apiece, just over the $17-19 range it had previously predicted in filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. That range was itself earlier downgraded from $19-22.

Handspring's shares will begin trading on Nasdaq today, and it will be interesting to see what heights HAND shares reach. Palm IPO'd at $38 last March, but shot up to $165 on the first day of trading. Wall Street's downer on hi-tech stocks has since brought the price down to 27.125, a fall that prompted Handspring's cautious pricing policy.

As of 9:30AM EST, Handspring was trading at 14.1875. ®

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