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The Best Way to Play the Groupon IPO

Groupon's IPO is finally on track. The daily-deals leader will settle for a smaller offering than it had envisioned, but it should go public by the end of next week. But there are more ways than the IPO to bet on the Groupon flash sale model: Consider these dot-com smarties that are all over the niche.

Going 'Groupon': Travelers Win, Brides Bombs

Everyone was hopping on the Groupon bandwagon last summer, including travel deals publisher Travelzoo, restaurant reservations provider OpenTable, and wedding planning specialist XO Group. But now that Groupon has been exposed as a dot-com speedster with a lack-of-profitability problem, investors have turned on the publicly traded coattail-riders.

Wedding-Based Stocks to Profit From Bridezillas

Bad economy be damned: Americans still want to get hitched in style, and that means dropping lots of dough. With reality shows and movies putting all sorts of extravagant ideas into the heads of brides- and grooms-to-be, now's the time to invest in these wedding-related companies.