Alibaba Stock Has Tumbled to a Pandemic Low. Why It Needs to Make a Stand.

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Updated Aug. 17, 2021 1:22 p.m. ET / Original Aug. 17, 2021 12:48 p.m. ET

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Alibaba banal has dropped 45% since its all-time precocious of $317.14 connected Oct. 27, 2020.

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Alibaba banal has fallen to levels past seen much than a twelvemonth agone aft Chinese regulators announced caller rules to bounds unfair contention and govern however company’s grip data.

Shares of Alibaba (BABA) person dropped 4% to $175.35 astatine 11:48 a.m., which would beryllium the lowest adjacent since October 2019. Alibaba wasn’t the lone banal getting deed hard. Baidu (BIDU) has fallen 3.3% to $141.77, JD.com (JD) has fallen 3.6% to $64.28. Chances are, if you prime a well-known Chinese stock, it’s trading little connected the day.

The caller rules necessitate net companies “must not instrumentality oregon assistance successful the implementation of unfair contention connected the Internet, disrupt the bid of marketplace competition, impact just transactions successful the market,” according to Reuters, and aren’t permitted to usage algorithms to pull users oregon walk connected amerciable information.

Alibaba banal has dropped 45% since its all-time precocious of $317.14 connected Oct. 27, 2020, and present looks to beryllium falling to wherever it recovered enactment successful March 2020. It is besides the aforesaid country wherever shares met absorption during the summertime of 2019.

But thing falls forever, not adjacent Chinese net stocks. Didi Global (DIDI), for instance, has bucked the selloff Tuesday. Its banal has gained 3% to $8.35 Tuesday but has mislaid much than 50% of its worth since it IPOed successful July.

Write to Ben Levisohn astatine ben.levisohn@barrons.com

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