Focus Media's Shares Dropped: What You Need to Know
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What: American Depositary Receipts of Chinese digital media and advertising company Focus Media (NAS: FMCN) fell as much as 10.3% on fairly heavy morning volume.
So what: Dirt-digging analyst firm Muddy Waters is gearing up for a CNBC interview later today, and the network has been reminding viewers of this event throughout the morning. The firm is a very vocal critic of Focus Media, alleging financial fraud and all kinds of overstated numbers, so reminding investors of this analyst-to-management conflict is doing damage to share prices.
Now what: Focus Media shares have now dropped 41% over the last month amid the assault led by Muddy Waters. A number of private lawsuits have been launched as well, underscoring investor worries even further. Focus Media is not the first Chinese company in Muddy Waters' sights, and several others have failed to disprove the firm's harsh allegations. But the firm doesn't bat a pristine 1.00 either. Add Focus Media to your Foolish watchlist and stay tuned as this drama unfolds.
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