Have any of your stocks recently tumbled below $5 a share? If you own Citigroup (NYSE: C) stock, then you know that it is among the former blue chips like General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) and Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) that have breached that $5 limit. They currently trade at $3.88, $2.84, and $1.45 a share respectively. And there's a good chance that if that company has breached $5 a share -- it will drop further.
How so? It turns out that under some circumstances, big institutional investors such as pension funds, endowments, and asset managers must sell a stock when it drops below $5. I have not been able to find out exactly why, however it's likely that these institutional investors owe their shareholders a fiduciary duty to act prudently to protect their investments.
[from a comment by veryearly1]