Hot stock tip: Chicken Soup for the Soul?

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“These are the times that try men’s souls,” was written more than two centuries ago, but given events this week, they could have popped up in any blog or tweet in recent days.

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What better time then, for a little Chicken Soup for the Soul?

The provider of positive vibes is becoming a publicly traded company Friday, and not a moment too soon.

The company, called Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc., offered 2.5 million shares for $12 each.

Chicken Soup produces television programs and online videos, but is best known for books sold under the same name, with more than 250 published titles.

The company is holding a “mini initial public offering,” through which startups can raise up to $50 million from individuals and smaller investors.