On the second day of the trading week, Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:EGO), Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC), HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ:HTWR), and GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME) are each deep in the red as investors sell their shares at ever declining prices, for various reasons. Let’s take a closer look at why investors are fleeing and also analyze what the world’s greatest investors think of each stock.
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Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:EGO) shares have fallen by 19% today on the news that the company is halting development in many of its Greek mines due to that country’s government not issuing the necessary permits in a timely matter. CEO Paul N. Wright commented:
“Eldorado Gold has been, and remains, a committed, responsible and patient partner to the Greek government and to the people of the communities in which we operate. The projects have considerable potential with demonstrated economic and social benefits. At this time, we would instead prefer to be creating additional employment in Greece and advancing the construction and development of our Skouries and Olympias Projects in Halkidiki, as well as our assets in Thrace. However, we have a duty to all our stakeholders and the significant time and process risks created by Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment have left us with no choice but to reduce activities and personnel.”
Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:EGO) has sought the permits for over a year to no avail. Analysts estimate that Eldorado Gold’s Greek assets make up around 40% of the company’s net asset value. Cliff Asness‘ AQR Capital Management was among the 14 elite funds that held shares of Eldorado as of September 30.
Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC), a direct-selling and e-commerce company that markets premium quality personal care and other wellness products under the NHT Global brand, has fallen by 14% today as the stock remains under selling pressure. On January 7, an online writer posted an article alleging that the Chinese government is investigating the company, although as of January 11, Natural Health Trends has claimed that it is unaware of any such investigation. Traders could also be selling Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC) because the company has substantial Chinese exposure and China’s stock market is a roller-coaster right now. Natural Health Trends also announced yesterday that it expects fourth-quarter revenue of $73.6 million. From our data we see that 13 elite funds owned 9.4% of the company’s float at the end of the third quarter. That was up from nine elite funds that held the company’s shares at the end of the prior quarter.
On the next page, we examine what’s happening with HeartWare International Inc and GameStop Corp.