Alibaba (BABA) made a stunning reversal on Wednesday after days of sell-offs, closing 37% higher, its biggest one-day gain since 2014. The move added almost $80 billion to the Chinese e-commerce giant’s market cap in one day.
The comeback followed vows from Beijing to keep markets stable, hinting at an end to regulatory crackdowns. Shares of JD.com (JD), Pinduoduo (PDD), and Baidu (BIDU) also closed significantly higher.
Alibaba’s American depository shares had been pounded over the last several sessions. They touched a multi-year intraday low of $73.28 this week. Year-to-date, BABA is still down 12% after losing 48% in 2021.
Chinese regulatory risks, Beijing’s alliance with Russia, and US disclosure requirements which pose a threat to the delisting of Chinese firms have all contributed to investors’ recent flee from Alibaba and its peers.
Earlier this week JPMorgan double downgraded Alibaba, JD.com, Pinduoduo and Baidu to UnderPerform, calling Chinese Internet names “un-investable” for the time being.
Chinese e-commerce and tech companies listed in the U.S. have declined significantly since last year after China’s regulators began cracking down on giants like Alibaba and JD.com.
On Wednesday Alibaba was the top company on Yahoo Finance’s Trending Ticker page, followed by Didi (DIDI), Nio (NIO), Pinduoduo and Baidu.
Ines is a stock market reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter at @ines_ferre
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