China Real Estate Information Plunged: What You Need to Know

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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of China Real Estate Information (NAS: CRIC) -- the Zillow (NYS: Z) of the Far East -- plunged as far as 10.5% today on surprisingly low volume for such a big move.

So what: The drop comes as Forbesreports rising home prices in China even as sales are slowing down, which is a deadly one-two punch for local real estate specialists. China Real Estate is taking the news harder than the competition as SouFun Holdings (NAS: SFUN) hardly moved and Sohu.com (NAS: SOHU) notched a respectable gain this morning.

Now what: One small-cap Internet company can't do much to fix a potentially broken Chinese housing market. Investors could cut down on their antacid bills by reaching for Chinese online stocks in more attractive sectors, however. Longtime Stock Advisor recommendation SINA (NAS: SINA) and Rule Breakers'Baidu (NAS: BIDU) or Sohu would be good places to start looking. Grab a free 30-day trial pass to any of our newsletters so you can check out why we love some Chinese Internet stocks -- but far from all of them.

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