Here we go again.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, just issued a warning to anyone speculating in old Blockbuster stock. It seems that investors need multiple reminders that DISH Network
Same old story
In FINRA's words, "Companies can be targets of online stock tips that can be confusing, inaccurate, misleading, and in some cases fraudulent. Furthermore, FINRA reminds investors that holding shares of any company involved in bankruptcy, or buying shares in a bankrupt company in the hope that those shares will surge in value down the road, are highly risky courses of action and can lead to financial loss." (Emphasis theirs, not mine.)
A different FINRA letter also points out how this situation is similar to the General Motors
FINRA's press release is ominously titled: "Companies in Bankruptcy Rarely Make Blockbuster Investments." It's time penny-stock speculators got the hint.
He's just resting!
And if you're protesting that the supposedly dead stock still makes big moves in the market and therefore is a good investment, let me remind you that the dead GM stock's last significant uptick happened some four months before the bitter end. Get suckered in too close to the final curtains, and you'll be left holding the worthless bag. It may already be too late, as the SEC put a trading stop on the stock a couple of weeks ago, because of excessive penny-stock pumping. "Some stock promoters may be trying to exploit that confusion," as FINRA so politely puts it.
If you're still interested in the Blockbuster brand, by all means funnel that portion of your portfolio into DISH. Maybe you just like those handy Blockbuster-branded DVD kiosks? CoinStar
And the list of worthwhile media investments goes on -- Blockbuster's old zombie stock just isn't on it. There's no need to go looking for risk-packed penny stocks deep into bankruptcy, because there are plenty of easier ways to make money in the market.
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