With local regulators continuing to scramble to halt plunging equity prices - among other things, investors with 5%+ stakes have been barred from selling shares for 6 months - Chinese markets reversed course last night. Shanghai rose 5.8%, Shenzhen rose 3.8%, and Hong Kong rose 4.5%. The Nasdaq is currently up 1.2%.
Not surprisingly, U.S.-traded Chinese tech firms are flying higher. Big gainers include Sina (SINA +13.6%), Sohu (SOHU +11.1%), JD.com (JD +8.1%), Vipshop (VIPS +8.3%), Qunar (QUNR +9%), ChinaCache (CCIH +14.1%), Renren (RENN +9.5%), Wowo (WOWO +11.9%), Leju (LEJU +9.1%), China Mobile Games (CMGE +8.3%), Xunlei (XNET +9.7%), Sky-mobi (MOBI +9%), and eLong (LONG +18.1%).
Also up strongly (previously covered): Qihoo, 21Vianet, E-House, Youku, Baozun, NQ Mobile, Weibo, Cheetah Mobile, Jumei, and Momo. In addition, YY and Dangdang are rallying after becoming the latest Chinese companies to receive going-private offers.
The Guggenheim China Tech ETF (NYSEARCA:CQQQ) is now up 19% from a Wednesday low of $30.09; it's still down 22% from a May peak of $45.74.
The selloff in Chinese equities refuses to let up: Shanghai fell 1.3% overnight, Shenzhen fell 5.3%, and Hong Kong fell 2.7%. The declines come amid a backdrop of frantic government efforts to halt the plunge, and requests by hundreds of Chinese companies for trading halts.
The lion's share of U.S.-traded Chinese Web and mobile firms are down at least 5%, and many are down more than twice that. In alphabetical order by ticker, major decliners include Autohome (ATHM -10.6%), Bitauto (BITA -18.7%), Baozun (BZUN -22.7%), ChinaCache (CCIH -14.6%), Cheetah Mobile (CMCM -15.2%), China Mobile Games (CMGE -13.2%), Ctrip (CTRP -10.1%), Changyou (CYOU -12.6%), Dangdang (DANG -13.8%), iDreamSky (DSKY -15.4%), E-House (EJ -15.9%), Jumei (JMEI -20.2%), Leju (LEJU -12.1%), eLong (LONG -12.6%), Momo (MOMO -9.4%), NQ Mobile (NQ -16.7%), NetEase (NTES -12.2%), Qihoo (QIHU -10.3%), Qunar (QUNR -14.2%), Renren (RENN -17.8%), SouFun (SFUN -16.3%), Sohu (SOHU -10.9%), Taomee (TAOM -15.1%), Vipshop (VIPS -9.7%), Weibo (WB -10.9%), 500.com (WBAI -26.2%), Wowo (WOWO -26.7%), 58.com (WUBA -17.3%), Xunlei (XNET -14%), Youku (YOKU -12.2%), and YY (YY -9.4%).
The plunge seen over the last two months (aided by panic selling and margin calls?) has led multiples for U.S.-traded Chinese tech names to compress dramatically, with forward P/E and P/S ratios often below those of U.S. peers sporting similar growth profiles. The Guggenheim China Tech ETF (CQQQ -9.3%) is down 29% from a May peak of $45.64.
Only a handful of non-microcap tech companies are posting outsized gains or losses today amid a 0.4% rise for the Nasdaq.
Notable gainers include 4G modem/M2M module vendor Sierra Wireless (SWIR +5.1%), online money transfer provider Xoom (XOOM +4.6%), authentication hardware/software provider Vasco (VDSI +4.8%), and RFID/electronic document tech provider SuperCom (SPCB +7.9%).
Notable decliners include a couple of Chinese tech firms that soared yesterday: Sungy Mobile (GOMO -5.4%), and China Mobile Games (CMGE -7.4%). Cheetah Mobile (CMCM -9.8%), a Chinese name that rose moderately yesterday but soared on Tuesday, is also a casualty.
Sierra has risen to its highest levels since early March, and close to where it traded before tumbling in February due to the mixed guidance provided with a Q4 beat.
SuperCom is now up 11% since posting Q4 results on March 26; the company missed estimates, but also stated it's open to a buyback and that it has major deals in the pipeline that aren't factored into current 2015 guidance.
Following a big overnight rally in Hong Kong (followed a 3-day holiday during which Shanghai rallied), beaten-down Chinese Internet and mobile stocks have soared in U.S. trading.
The biggest gainers include many names that are far below their 2014 highs: The group includes Qihoo (QIHU +10.5%), YY (YY +14.9%), Taomee (TAOM +14.3%), Sina (SINA +8.7%), and Weibo (WB +12.1%). Mobile game publishers Sky-mobi (MOBI +12.6%), China Mobile Games (CMGE +8%), and iDreamSky (DSKY +13.4%) are also sharply higher, as are online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN +13.1%), E-House (EJ +6.1%), and Leju (LEJU +9.8%).
Giants Alibaba (BABA +3.4%) and Baidu (BIDU +4.1%) aren't being left out. Neither are Youku (YOKU +7.5%), 21Vianet (VNET +7.4%), Momo (MOMO +6.8%), Sohu (SOHU +7.7%), Changyou (CYOU +4.5%), Dangdang (DANG +7.3%), Vipshop (VIPS +4.8%), JD.com (JD +3.9%), Jumei (JMEI +6.6%), Sungy Mobile (GOMO +5.8%), China Techfaith (CNTF +7.1%), and KongZhong (KZ +5.5%).
Alibaba has proposed an asset injection into its money-losing Alibaba Pictures (+36% in Hong Kong) film arm. Sky-mobi has seen Rosenblatt (Buy) hike its target to $11, while noting many Chinese mobile game developers have been bought out; it thinks Sky-mobi's investments in developers could be worth $140M. NetEase has been upgraded by CICC Research.
Over in Hong Kong, software/cloud services provider Kingsoft (OTCPK:KSFTF) rose 24.2% to HKD$29.50. Messaging/gaming giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) rose 3.3% to HKD$154.80.
Today's notable tech gainers include OLED materials/IP provider Universal Display (OLED +5.7%), salvage auction site Liquidity Services (LQDT +6.2%), auto site TrueCar (TRUE +8.5%), touchscreen tech developer Neonode (NEON +10.4%), hard drive assembly supplier Hutchison (HTCH +7.1%), Web site owner/ISP United Online (UNTD +5.5%), software outsourcing firm Luxoft (LXFT +5.6%), optical component vendor NeoPhotonics (NPTN +8.3%), and U.S. solar installer Solar3D (SLTD +15.2%).
Many Chinese names are also rallying today. Standouts include online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN +6.9%), E-House (EJ +4%), and Leju (LEJU +8.1%), online beauty product retailer Jumei (JMEI +5.9%), online classifieds platform 58.com (WUBA +5%), and app developers/publishers Sungy Mobile (GOMO +4.7%), Cheetah Mobile (CMCM +7.6%), and China Mobile Games (CMGE +5.9%).
The list of major decliners is smaller: It includes cloud healthcare software firm Castlight (CSLT -4.8%), microcontroller maker Atmel (ATML -3.1%), supply chain software vendor Manhattan Associates (MANH -4.3%), Chinese solar cell/module maker ReneSola (SOL -5.9%), and RF filter tech developer Resonant (RESN -8.6%).
Universal Display is rallying to new 52-week highs yet again amid Galaxy S6 enthusiasm. Solar3D is now up 42% over the last 3 trading days. Heavily-shorted Cheetah Mobile is reversing Friday's post-earnings losses. Castlight is adding to the losses seen on Friday following a neutral Wells Fargo launch.
A slew of Chinese Web/mobile firms are seeing heavy selling pressure on a day the Nasdaq is nearly flat. Search/security/browser/app store provider Qihoo (QIHU -3.9%) is among the decliners. As are game developer NetEase (NTES -5.8%), game publisher China Mobile Games (CMGE -3.7%), and online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN -3.7%), E-House (EJ -5%), and Leju (LEJU -3.3%).
YY is also off today, as is 500.com, which disclosed sports lottery license suspensions from provincial authorities.
Qihoo was hammered last week following a Jefferies downgrade. NetEase is a day removed from announcing it's setting up a U.S. HQ in Silicon Valley to build "a strong pipeline of mobile games for Western audiences from the ground up."
In a fresh monetary easing move, the PBOC has cut its reserve requirement ratio for banks by 50 bps to 19.5%, its first cut since 2012. Many Chinese Internet and mobile stocks are posting healthy gains on a day the Nasdaq is near breakeven.
Carriers China Mobile (CHL +2.3%), China Unicom (CHU +4.5%), and China Telecom (CHA +1.9%) are among the gainers. As are online retailers Vipshop (VIPS +4%) and Dangdang (DANG +5.1%).
Other notable gainers include online video giant Youku (YOKU +3.9%), mobile game publishers Sky-mobi (MOBI +7.8%) and China Mobile Games (CMGE +2.6%), chat app/social network owner Momo (MOMO +4.1%), microblogging leader Weibo (WB +2.7%), online/mobile game developer NetEase (NTES +2.4%), online classifieds leader 58.com (WUBA +2.3%), and #2 online travel agency Qunar (QUNR +3.4%).