Why Alibaba, Xpeng And Other Stocks Are Rising In Hong Kong Today

Shares of U.S.-listed Chinese tech companies traded mostly higher in Hong Kong on Thursday, lifting the benchmark Hang Seng Index to its highest level in almost two months.

What’s Moving: Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Limited BABA, Baidu Inc. BIDU, JD.Com Inc. JD and Tencent Holdings Inc. TCEHY advanced in a range of 4% to 5%.

Electric vehicle maker Xpeng Inc.’s XPEV shares fell almost 1%, while peer Li Auto Inc. LI traded flat.

TikTok-owner ByteDance has dissolved its investment arm as part of its restructuring, CNBC reported Wednesday, citing a company spokesman.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index opened higher on Thursday and was up 2.2% at the time of writing, rising to its highest level since November 25. The index closed flat on Wednesday.

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Why Is It Moving? The Hang Seng Index advanced — led by tech and property stocks — after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) cut key lending rates to support the Chinese economy, which is struggling from muted consumer spending and a slump in the property sector.

The central bank cut the one-year loan prime rate (LPR) by 10 basis points from 3.8% to 3.7%. It was earlier trimmed by five basis points in Dec. 20.

The five-year LPR was reduced from 4.65% to 4.6% — the first reduction since April 2020.

Shares of Chinese companies closed mostly lower in U.S. trading on Wednesday after the major averages in the U.S. ended lower for the second straight day.

Alibaba’s shares closed almost 0.7% lower, while Nio Inc.’s NIO shares ended lower by 3.3%.

Nio will begin production of its electric sedan ET7 beginning March 11, it was reported on Wednesday, citing cnEVpost. The ET7 is expected to compete with Tesla Inc.’s TSLA Model S sedan.

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