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What: Shares of Chinese insurer CNinsure
So what: CNinsure has been battling to avoid being caught in the downdraft of investor skepticism over small U.S.-listed Chinese companies. Investors who keep an eye on that group no doubt know the woes of RINO International (OTC: RINO.PK), which was delisted because of an ongoing accounting scandal. Questions have since been raised about some aspects of CNinsure's accounting, and the effects have been pretty chilling for investors. However, CNinsure's management team has been very aggressive about addressing these concerns, and the stock has started to creep back up.
Now what: Let's be honest here, accounting shenanigans can come from companies of all sizes -- lest we forget about Enron. But for most U.S.-based investors there is -- at the very least -- a significant geographical barrier in wrapping their arms around these small Chinese companies. At the same time, many of the companies are being audited by little-known auditors. In the case of CNinsure, though, Deloitte is in there checking the books, and management seems to be right on top of addressing the issues that have popped up. I had said previously that the concerns raised over CNinsure gave me pause on the stock -- I still wouldn't bet the house on it today, but it does look like the market may have overreacted here.
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