Market Manipulation?

Here’s something interesting I noticed:

The price of Western Refining (WNR) stock has dropped more than 15 percent since its high near the start of the year. Western Refining has a price to earning ratio of less than eight, and the average for the S&P 500 is more than 19. By comparison, Exxon Mobile’s (XOM) P/E ratio is more than 12.

Also, Western Refining recently announced a $200 million stock buy back, which one would expect would increase pressure for a stock’s price to increase.

News reports that some investors are selling WNR stock short, meaning they expect the price to drop, but I can’t find any stories to justify such speculation.

I’m only paying attention to it because I own a little bit of WNR stock.

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