This excerpt taken from the OPTC 10-K filed Mar 25, 2005.
Price Volatility In Public Market
Optelecoms Common Stock currently trades on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market. The securities markets have from time-to-time experienced significant price and volume fluctuations that were unrelated to our operating performance. In addition, the market prices of the common stock of many publicly traded
technology companies have in the past been, and can in the future be expected to be, especially volatile. Announcements of technological innovations or new products of Optelecom or our competitors, developments or disputes concerning proprietary rights, publicity regarding products under development by Optelecom or our competitors, regulatory developments in both the United States and foreign countries, and economic and other external factors, as well as period-to-period fluctuations in our operating and product development results, may have a significant impact on the market price of Optelecoms Common Stock.