People who work in "investment firms" like for you to trust only their investment firms. That said, there are certainly people who have, in the past, been paid to post on these bulletin boards. However, these people are not paid by companies like Solutia. They are normally paid by "investment firms", either to bash the stock (because they are shorting it) or to talk up the stock (because they are long). Anyone with common sense knows that you should never make decisions based on anything you read on this or any other message board.