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Shares in Japan Post, bank and insurance units soar after $11.9 billion IPO, 2015's biggest

  • Taizo Nishimuro, president of Japan Post Holdings, rings the bell during a ceremony at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Shares of Japan Post jumped nearly 17 percent in the first day of trading after the company and its banking and insurance units raised a combined 1.44 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) in the world's biggest initial public offering of stock this year. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Taizo Nishimuro, president of Japan Post Holdings, rings the bell during a ceremony at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Shares of Japan Post jumped nearly 17 percent in the first day of trading after the company and its banking and insurance units raised a combined 1.44 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) in the world's biggest initial public offering of stock this year. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • An elderly couple walk in front of the post office in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Shares of Japan Post surged nearly 26 percent in their trading debut Wednesday after the company and its banking and insurance units raised a combined 1.44 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) in the world's biggest initial public offering this year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    An elderly couple walk in front of the post office in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Shares of Japan Post surged nearly 26 percent in their trading debut Wednesday after the company and its banking and insurance units raised a combined 1.44 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) in the world's biggest initial public offering this year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man enters a post office in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Shares of Japan Post surged nearly 26 percent in their trading debut Wednesday after the company and its banking and insurance units raised a combined 1.44 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) in the world's biggest initial public offering this year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    A man enters a post office in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Shares of Japan Post surged nearly 26 percent in their trading debut Wednesday after the company and its banking and insurance units raised a combined 1.44 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) in the world's biggest initial public offering this year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

Shares of Japan Post jumped nearly 17 percent in the first day of trading after the company and its banking and insurance units raised a combined 1.44 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) in the world's biggest initial public offering of stock this year.

The long awaited sale of stock in the state-owned company is the biggest since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings raised $25 billion in its IPO in September 2014.

The Japan Post sale is meant to tease out some of the more than $14 trillion that Japanese investors have squirreled away in savings accounts. Some IPO funds will help pay for rebuilding from the 2011 tsunami disaster.

Japan Post Bank shares surged 15.4 percent and Japan Post Insurance shares soared 38.2 percent.