Why These Shares are Tanking

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

Shares of MercadoLibre are getting slammed right now despite meeting analysts expectations for revenue and earnings per share -- so, what gives? Many investors are worried about all of the company's foreign exchange headwinds, but honestly that should have been baked into their expectations when investing in this stock in the first place. Sure, shares got a little frothy and still trade at a steep P/E, but they've got monster growth to boot. MercadoLibre now has 37% more users than last year and has expectations for near-30% growth rates over the next five years. For investors waiting on the side line for a discount, the dip over the last few weeks could be your moment.

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