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VirnetX Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Want an up-close look at how crazy Mr. Market can be? Fool, I give you VirnetX (AMEX: VHC  ) , which rose 15%, then gave it all back and then some. Shares of the communications security specialist were down slightly just before the closing bell.

So what: I can’t find a report that explains why VirnetX soared, but it may not matter. This is the eighth-most watched stock in our Motley Fool CAPS database, ranking ahead of such names as Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS  ) and Qlik Technologies (Nasdaq: QLIK  ) . Anything can move a stock when it's watched this closely.

Now what: Whatever caused the pop, the euphoria had already come and gone as of this writing. The lesson? As sexy as VirnetX’s stock story is -- what could be better than cashing in on a trove of LTE patent treasures? -- investors are better served sticking to the fundamentals. VirnetX doesn’t have much to work with in that department. Do you agree? Disagree? Weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On July 21, 2011, at 5:20 PM, eldoctoro wrote:

    The stock popped because there are buyers out there who are savy investors interested in "cashing in on a trove of LTE patent treasures". Stock dropped because of the subsequent headline stating Apple requested a re-exam of the VHC patents they (and others) are infringing. Cisco doing same thing...delay, stall, obfuscate. Won't matter in the end. VHC now due 10 figures easy from infringements. But 4G LTE is entirely different story and revenue stream. That's the real reason to BUY...BUY...BUY!

  • Report this Comment On July 21, 2011, at 7:13 PM, aza400 wrote:

    Patents are everything right now just look at the Nortel deal and now GOOG with Interdigital. Looks like if companies dont have patents for 3G and 4G they have a problem. VHC just won a 200mil case against Microsoft and has more cases and patents in the pipe line. The stock is up a thousand percent in the last year. A pull back at any level would be normal and this one is bullish. This thing goes higher, much higher.

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 12:43 AM, skylar3337 wrote:

    This is a $5 stock at best. This company is a parasitical bunch of waistoids trying to sap dollars out of companies that produce real stuff. These guys produce exactly SQUAT. This stock will fall like a rock when enough people realize that they cannot possibly earn in lawsuits what the multiple of their stock suggests.

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