51job Shares Jumped: What You Need to Know

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What: Just as U.S. recruiters were surging, shares of Chinese job-search site 51job (Nasdaq: JOBS  ) closed up 9% after a 12% initial surge in early trading. Volume was lighter than average, suggesting an abundance of buy orders versus few sells.

So what: The buying makes sense. Both Chinese and outside firms are hiring the region. Germany's SAP (NYSE: SAP  ) last week announced plans to invest $2 billion in China, bringing "thousands of jobs" to the Sino superpower between now and 2015.

Now what: SAP isn't alone; 51job booked 49% growth in online recruitment in its most recent quarter. Adjusted earnings grew 55% to $0.59 over the same period -- six cents more than analysts were calling for. Does it matter? Would you buy shares of 51job at current prices? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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