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Is Baidu, Inc. (ADR) Going to Fall to the Bears?

Imagine being able to invest in a company that has a huge market share in one of the world's quickest-growing economies and resides in a space where extracting money from business has proven lucrative. Sounds like a great investment, right?

Indeed, that's the scenario Baidu  (NASDAQ: BIDU  ) investors have benefited from, as shares of China's largest search engine are up an incredible 1,200% since going public in 2005. But lately, things haven't been nearly as exciting.

Things got started in August 2012 when upstart Qihoo 360  (NYSE: QIHU  ) -- traditionally an Internet security company -- decided to enter the search market.  What looked at first like a silly attempt at putting a dent in Baidu's search supremacy quickly turned into a very real threat. Qihoo currently has a 20% market share, as compared to Baidu's 60%.

But eventually, investors got over that. So what's holding back Baidu shares now? The Motley Fool's Brian Stoffel delves into two huge concerns that bears have when it comes to owning shares of Baidu. Watch the video below to see what they are and find out Brian's take on them.

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  • Report this Comment On May 07, 2014, at 10:56 AM, crca99 wrote:

    Please dont do the teaser articles. Yes I want to know bear arguments, no I wont watch video.

  • Report this Comment On May 07, 2014, at 4:59 PM, SlayerJerry wrote:

    Been following for a while, just joined a premium service. Lately however, between the outrageous claims in the emails and cheap marketing gimmicks, this website feels more like an extenze commercial. Motley Fool, give people honest advice, and honest people will gladly pay you their hard earned money!

  • Report this Comment On May 07, 2014, at 5:24 PM, TMFCheesehead wrote:


    Thanks for your feedback, but I fail to see how a 2 minute, 48 second video talking about these general fears does not provide what you're looking for.

    Brian Stoffel

  • Report this Comment On May 08, 2014, at 1:55 PM, Nanobot wrote:

    Brian, I agree with other Foolish Readers. I hate the teaser articles and outrageous claims. Re 2 min videos. Lots of foolish chatter. Get to the point already! I scan the transcripts to see if there is any news. They do feel like you send endless infomercials that take way too much of my time to review. If I don't follow what will I miss of value?

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Brian Stoffel has been a Fool since 2008, and a financial journalist for the Motley Fool since 2010. He tends to follow the investment strategies of Fool-founder David Gardner, looking for the most innovative companies driving positive change for the future.

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