Just as it appeared that NQ Mobile Inc. was poised to erase all of the losses triggered in October by short-seller Carson Block, the stock is tumbling again.
NQ Mobile Inc. fell the most in more than five months after a weaker-than-forecast earnings report reignited investor concern about the company that has been the target of short-seller Carson Block since October.
While two weeks of selling look like a blip on a chart of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, for the average investor it’s been a lot more painful.
Investor optimism about U.S. holiday sales is declining, as signaled by the performance of two small- cap stock groups.
U.S. upscale retail stocks have fallen out of favor with investors even though high-income Americans are generally positive about the economic outlook.
Investors may see more signs of slowing U.S. manufacturing growth when makers of corrugated boxes and distributors of supplies report quarterly earnings this month.
Google Inc.’s shares fell the most in almost three months after its latest bid to preserve control for founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin raised concern among corporate-governance watchdogs.
Shares of companies with high operating or financial leverage are outperforming the market, as investor sentiment about the economy improves.
Companies sensitive to changes in the yield on 10-year Treasury notes are leading the market, suggesting that some equity investors have been premature in anticipating higher interest rates.
Weak sales of some technology and consumer products is driving down an index of electronics- manufacturing-services companies, which is at a three-year low relative to the market.
"Certainly it's a name you need to be wary of, not because of the business itself but because of the onslaught by short-sellers."
- Tim Ghriskey on Apr 11, 2014
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