UPDATE 1-A123 soars as much as 41 percent in debut


* A123 shares start at $17, premium of 25.9 pct * A123 shares reach as high as $19.00 NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Lithium-ion car battery maker A123 Systems Inc shares soared as much as 41 percent in their debut on Thursday in an eagerly anticipated initial public offering. A123 started trading at $17 on Nasdaq following the company's IPO on Wednesday, when the stock price came in higher than anticipated and more shares than expected were sold. The company sold 28.1 million shares ...

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