After The Hyundai EPA Scandal, The Stench Of Insider Trading

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
after the hyundai epa scandal the stench of insider trading

Possibly a bigger scandal is following Hyundai’s MPG brouhaha: There is a stench of insider trading. “This smells pretty bad,” Robert Boxwell, director of consulting firm Opera Advisors in Kuala Lumpur who has studied insider dealing patterns, tells Reuters.

On November 2, 2012, it was announced that Hyundai and Kia had overstated the fuel economy ratings on many of its cars. Not surprisingly, the Hyundai share did a nosedive on the news. However, the stock had already cratered before the announcement. The stock fell 4 percent on November 1 with about 2.2 million shares changing hands, the highest trading volume of the year at that point.

Some say, it is par for the course at Asian bourses. “The idea that insider trading is wrong rather than smart is only being ingrained in the current generation of Asian players, not the older generation who are often still in the driving seat,” said Peter Douglas, founder of GFIA, a hedge fund consultancy in Singapore, told Reuters.

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  • Mikey Mikey on Dec 21, 2012

    "If it walks like a duck, and smells like a duck "

  • MrWhopee MrWhopee on Dec 21, 2012

    Some people will see conspiracies in just about anything...

  • Jpolicke Jpolicke on Dec 21, 2012

    What caused the fairly significant dip on the 24th of October? Why did the slide pause before its big drop on Nov.2? Why a duck?

  • Wsn Wsn on Dec 21, 2012

    Complete BS. For a credible analysis, you need to prove: 1) Other car companies didn't drop at that same time. If they did, that must be due to a common risk, such as fiscal cliff blah blah. 2) The drop is substantially greater than the typical volatility of that stock. Analyze the volatility for the past 5~10 years, map a volatility index vs. chance of insider trading graph.

    • Sunridge place Sunridge place on Dec 21, 2012

      I'm not necessarily agreeing with the analysis...but I'm pretty sure they are looking at the trading volume ahead of the announcement not the actual stock price. PCH did show a rather plausible explanation as rumors of 'bad news' were being carried by news wires. Others have said the news stories may have been driven by the high selling activity on the stock.