I read all these negative comments about certain stocks on these message boards and it confuses me why someone who is negative about a stock would even be following it, let alone taking their time to make posts. Why do they care? Unless their sole motive is to convince shareholders to selloff so they can short the stock. I think they overestimate the power of these message boards, because I don't think that 99% of the shareholders even read them.
Maybe they are just very concerned about the longterm shareholders and can't sleep at night until they share their expertise that might save some stranger from financial ruin. Somehow I doubt that.
I own shares in a different steel company whose share price has appreciated 200% over two years. Since the stories have come out about the slowdown in China, the metals sector is one of the few sectors with good gains for 2005. Will it continue? We'll see.