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Cynk stocks soar with no conceivable explanation

AFP, NEW YORK

It has no assets, no revenues and no business plan to speak of. However, a company called Cynk Technology Corp has seen its value soar as high as US$4.7 billion.

Wall Street analysts have been at a loss to explain the spectacular 24,000 percent rise in Cynk, which trades on the lightly regulated over-the-counter market.

While its share price and market value fell at the close of trade, the company, unknown in the technology or financial communities for a time, traded in the range of the value of firms such as Groupon Inc, Pandora Media Inc or Yelp Inc.

“We must sadly conclude that the company is nothing but a fraud,” financial news Web site Zero Hedge said. “And it is nothing short of a testament to just how broken this excuse for a market is that a company with no assets, no revenues, no website and one employee can go from zero value to nearly US$5 billion in market cap in a few days.”

The stock trading at US$0.06 on June 16 inexplicably surged to US$2.25 the next day, and rose to as high as US$16 on Thursday, before slipping to around US$14 at the close — making its paper value still an eye-popping US$4 billion or so.

The company avoided scrutiny until its disproportionate value drew the attention of Wall Street veterans.

The phone number listed on company documents was out of service.

Richard Green of the market analysis firm Briefing.com examined the company’s regulatory filing, which indicated Cynk had no assets, no cash and an accumulated loss of US$1.5 million.

Cynk calls itself a social network, based on its early incarnation as introbiz.com, which offered to put people in contact with celebrities like Angelina Jolie or Johnny Depp for US$50.

“The company is no more of a functional business than your average college student’s entrepreneurial dream,” Green said. “There was no news or other recognizable event to explain such stock trading activity.”

Analysts note that the market value is merely on paper, based on trades of a small number of shares.

“We want to stop short of directly calling Cynk Technology a ‘scam operation,’ as we have not yet been able to find a reason for the unusual trading, but it certainly has all the appearances of the typical ‘pump and dump’ scheme used to deceive ignorant investors into buying into ‘the next social media’ giant,’” Green added.

One concern is that certain “momentum” investors who use algorithms to trade can be attracted to the stock simply because of its rise.

“There is no rational explanation for yesterday’s trading activity and the US$4 billion market capitalization,” Green said.

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