Why LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. Shares Dropped

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What: Shares of LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB  ) were losing the light today, falling as much as 11% and finishing down 8% after it announced the surprise departure of its CFO this morning.

So what: The Chinese online retailer of wedding dresses and other formal attire said CFO Richard Xue will be leaving the company on Feb. 17 for personal reasons. The company has not yet chosen a replacement but said the board would begin conducting a search immediately. Its controller, Jennifer Hu, will serve as the interim CFO. A statement from CEO Alan Guo did not reveal any further information.

Now what: While the departure of a CFO isn't necessarily reason to run for the hills, Chinese stocks often come with their own shroud of mystery as several have been known to report fraudulent financial information. For now, I'd take this news at face value, but investors may want to keep an eye on the company over the next few weeks as it names a new CFO. To do so, just add LightInTheBox to your Watchlist here.

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  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 7:54 AM, Yoshimaroko wrote:

    So far this stock has been quite a rodeo ride for me. I rode it down 47% and back, so far. If I ever get even with it, or very close, I'll be bailing and not returning to anything Chinese in this lifetime.

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