The Market

by Mike Masnick

Nanotech Excitement Boosts Wrong Stock

from the prefix-investing dept

Back during the bubble years, companies were seeing their stock prices shoot up if they simply added an "e-" prefix to their name and/or a ".com" to the end. Call it "prefix investing." There were also more than a few stories of companies having their stock prices driven up after a similarly named company had some good news happen. This is a sign that there are a lot of greedy, but unsophisticated investors dumping lots and lots of dough into the market. It appears to be happening again. These days, it appears that the "hot" thing is nanotechnology (though, certain honest employees at many "nanotech" startups will admit that the "nano" part is a lot more marketing than reality). As such, everyone wants to have a "nano" prefix in their name. They won't get the NANO stock ticker symbol, though, as that's already held by a company named Nanometrics, who doesn't even do anything in the nanotechnology field, and has been around for 35 years. That hasn't stopped investors from piling on, though. Yesterday their stock got a huge boost, despite the fact that they didn't do anything special. There was this other company, Nanogen, that received a "nanotechnology patent" that excited investors - and it appears some of those investors were so "excited" that they didn't bother to check to make sure they were investing in the right company.

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    Jeff McHugh, 4 Dec 2003 @ 9:58am

    spike in Nanotech interest

    I wonder what caused the spike of interest in Nanotech. Anyone know?

    Check out our Nanotechnology T-shirts

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    thecaptain, 5 Dec 2003 @ 7:52am

    No Subject Given

    This just goes to show that the stock market has no basis in reality whatsoever and that the system has gone completely insane.

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      Anonymous Coward, 6 Dec 2003 @ 9:05am

      Re: No Subject Given

      ah, you're just missing the point...

      The stock market has an old addage to explain this:

      "a rising tide floats all boats"

      If you buy into boats just because they float, then you'll get burned when the tide goes out. You should really be interested in the captin of the boat, the size of its last haul and the engineer/crew.

      If nano-tech does half the things predicted (some even say if it just dones one of the things predicted), the subsequent revolution will be far more profound than semi-conductor based computers.

      People are looking for the next Intel. It will probably be a 1 in 1000 pick, but if you have the money, you can afford to invest in all 1000.

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