Alibaba is the largest online commerce corporation in China, and by some measurements, the world. Taobao, Tmall, and Alibaba.com are the three primary sites, with hundreds of millions of users and millions of merchants and enterprises. Alibaba is the largest e-commerce corporation in the world.
Alibaba (BABA) is attracting unwanted attention once again, as Chinese stocks are subjected to increased scrutiny by Chinese regulators. This time, DiDi Global (DIDI), a recently IPO’d business, is in the spotlight as China’s Cyberspace Administration investigates the company’s data handling procedures. DIDI’s app has been removed from Chinese app stores, resulting in a revenue loss, according to DIDI.
Once the ‘DiDi Chuxing’ app is removed from Chinese app stores, it can no longer be downloaded in China,” the business stated in a statement. However, existing users who have previously downloaded and installed the app on their phones before to the takedown may continue to use it.
This all reminds BABA investors of its ANT Group IPO, which was cancelled at the last minute due to China’s fears about the company, which were exacerbated when Jack Ma publicly criticised the Chinese government.
The matter hasn’t been settled yet. The Wall Street Journal reported on June 23 that ANT Group was discussing forming a credit scoring company with Chinese state-owned enterprises so that ANT Group’s data would be under Chinese regulatory control. China was once again concerned about the massive amount of data ANT Group would collect on Chinese users, and a similar storey is unfolding with DIDI, which also collects massive amounts of user data. In any case, it has frightened investors, with DIDI plummeting roughly 25% in the premarket on Tuesday and most other Chinese stocks falling even if they are not directly affected.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd – ADR (NYSE:BABA) and its stock are trading in the red on Tuesday afternoon due to regulatory worries.
Chinese regulators’ action comes less than a week after Didi’s stock was floated on the New York Stock Exchange. Two smaller recent IPOs, Full Truck Alliance and Kanzhun, are also being scrutinised by regulators, and their stock prices plummeted on Tuesday.
Tencent Music Entertainment’s stock dropped more than 9%, while JD.com, Trip.com, Alibaba, and agriculture technology startup Pinduoduo also plunged.
Weibo, which rose more than 6% after Reuters reported that the business’s chairman was discussing a deal to take the social media company private, was one exception to the troubles on Tuesday morning.
Alibaba is the largest Chinese corporation listed in the United States, with a market capitalisation of $590 billion. The stock has dropped 9.3% in the previous year and now trades at a nearly 32% discount to its 52-week high price. BABA stock is falling towards its 52-week lows of $204.39, while the US stock markets are hanging near all-time highs.
As BABA’s next earnings report date approaches, Wall Street will be looking for signs of optimism. BABA is expected to disclose earnings of $2.85 per share on that day, representing a 35.71 percent increase year over year. Meanwhile, according to our most recent average estimate, revenue would be $33.31 billion, up 53.04 percent from the previous quarter.