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What: Shares of Chinese electric-motor manufacturer Harbin Electric
So what: Yesterday Harbin's shares were seriously reeling, losing more than half of their value after a damning research note from Citron Research came out. Today, the shares were making their comeback on the back of a press release issued by the company, which claimed that Citron's assertions are "based on factually incorrect as well as out-of- context information" and are simply "another attempt to drive its stock price down." The company refuted Citron's allegations, including reiterating that China Development Bank has agreed to provide a $400 million loan to help finance the privatization of the company.
Now what: The good news for investors is that Harbin responded at all. In some of the accused fraud cases, the company went radio-silent in the face of allegations and the stocks thudded their way into the no-man's land of the pink sheets. That said, it doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot. If Citron was to be believed yesterday in its claims against the company -- which largely boil down to company officials being dishonest -- then why wouldn't investors just assume that the company is continuing to be dishonest today?
The truth about Harbin will reveal itself at some point. Whether or not it's pulling the wool over investors' eyes, one thing is for certain -- the world of U.S. listed, small-cap Chinese stocks is an absolute minefield.
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