Sify Technologies Shares Got Crushed: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Sify Technologies (Nasdaq: SIFY  ) fell more than 24% in early trading before closing down close to 20%. No particular news drove the drop, but Indian microcap peer Rediff.com (Nasdaq: REDF  ) also fell more than 17%.

So what: Not that this was a subcontinent-wide slump, mind you. Rediff fell on lower-than-average volume while Sify saw more than 1.9 million shares change hands during the trading day, up 48% on the stock's three-month average. Infosys (Nasdaq: INFY  ) and Wipro (NYSE: WIT  ) , meanwhile, fell about in line with the overall market.

Now what: For Sify, put options proved particularly popular. According to Benzinga, trading volume on put options outpaced call options volume 38-to-1. The implication? Those betting on Sify are betting the stock is heading lower. Do you agree with the bears? Would you buy shares of Sify Technologies at current prices? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2011, at 5:28 PM, pulay2win wrote:

    I am holding reluctantly believing in a much bigger picture that India has to radically improve its infrastructure when it comes to bandwidth in order to keep up with being a key player in emerging markets.

    Regardless of the doom and gloom of U.S. and Europe the time for the govt. to grow their bandwidth backbone is now.

    SIFY is one of few stocks positioned to capitalize on this both with consumer demand as well as BtoB. It has been investing in capital improvements to be a leader in India and to compete globally for its share of business.

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2011, at 10:30 PM, waytofar wrote:

    It's an excellent buy now. The way India is growing, this might become another google in future. SIFY is one of the fastest growing company in this market segment in India. Recent SIFY news are simply outstandings to keep this in your portfolio.

  • Report this Comment On October 04, 2011, at 8:17 AM, premalshah wrote:

    I have full faith in Sify

  • Report this Comment On October 09, 2011, at 4:45 PM, Mega wrote:

    Like more and more of TMF's content farming, this article is almost entirely content-free.

    FYI, the reason SIFY fell is that it is unprofitable and trades at a high multiple relative to sales and book value.

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