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What: Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (NYSE: SCR) dropped 10% in intraday trading today as investors continued to doubt the financial health of U.S.-listed Chinese companies.

So what: After a series of scandals involving accounting irregularities at Chinese companies, the Securities and Exchange Commission launched a broad investigation last week. It also warned investors to review company filings, especially for companies that are not required to file SEC reports.  

Now what: Last week, Nasdaq upped the fear factor by moving to raise the bar on proposed new listing requirements for companies that come public via reverse mergers, a popular tactic for companies involved in the scandal. Numerous brokers, concerned about being left holding the bag, are no longer allowing investors to buy many Chinese stocks on margin, which has led to margin calls. Stock sales to cover the margin calls are contributing to the sell-off.

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