Article: Don’t Force The Shorts To Get Dressed

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Don’t Force The Shorts To Get Dressed

Gary Weiss

Business Week cited by RGM Communications via Wayback, 8 December 2003

At a time when the stock market is in a state of chronic schizophrenia, with a year’s worth of gains being chipped away, one corner of the market has withstood the recent travails far better than any other: small-cap stocks. The Russell 2000 Index of such stocks is up 37% so far this year — double the gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index.

And in October, trading volume in the very smallest stocks, which are listed on the OTC Bulletin Board, climbed 400% over a year ago. Good news — but only up to a point. Regulators have long warned that such stocks are notoriously prone to manipulation and hype.

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