Baidu (BIDU -3.1%) slides after receiving a downgrade to Hold from Jefferies' Cynthia Meng. Like...

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Baidu (BIDU -3.1%) slides after receiving a downgrade to Hold from Jefferies' Cynthia Meng. Like many other analysts, Meng is worried about Qihoo's (QIHU -1.1%) search engine: she thinks Baidu's Q3 results will be at the low end of its guidance range, and that its numbers for Q4 and later could miss Street estimates. Meng also expects Baidu's traffic acquisition costs to rise as a % of sales. Baidu has already significantly underperformed the NASDAQ since Qihoo's search engine launched.  (more)