False accounting

Definition:

Illegally altering accounting records by making misleading entries or omitting material information for personal gain or to mask poor firm performance.

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Discounting the news

An adjustment of a stock's price as speculators bid the price up or down in anticipation of news about the company, whether good or bad.

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