Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) shares are down 26% year to date, against a more-than-10% rise in the S&P. So what are investors so scared of? Is it slowing Chinese growth? The rise of Qihoo 360 (UNKNOWN:QIHU.DL)? Or perhaps the same worries over a fumbled "transition to mobile" that recently dogged Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)?
Actually, it's all of these -- and as Fool contributor Rich Smith explains, none of them change the fact that Baidu is a dirt-cheap dream stock.
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