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What: Shares of Chinese social media company Renren
So what: Renren has been investing heavily to deal with increasing competition, but its third-quarter results -- a loss of $1.2 million versus a year-ago profit of $7.3 million -- show just how costly the battle is becoming. Management is trying all it can to gain a competitive edge over social-networking sites like SINA
Now what: Expect more short-term turbulence. Renren now sees fourth-quarter revenue of $31-$33 million, which is below the average Wall Street forecast of $35.7 million. Management did say that they will keep buying back shares under the opinion that they're "severely undervalued," but given the worrisome margin trend, I wouldn't be quick to follow their lead.
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