Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba boosted by analysts’ target prices uplift

Shares of online trading firm gain in New York after brokerages’ positive outlook

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 October, 2015, 5:28pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 October, 2015, 1:34am

Shares of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding rose 2.2 per cent to US$81.20 midday on Wednesday in New York after brokerages raised their target prices on the stock following its better-than-expected quarterly results announced a day earlier.

Brokerages including Brean, Deutsche Bank, Jefferies, Barclays and Evercore ISI raised their target prices, Reuters reported, following Alibaba’s strong quarterly sales and profit growth that defied the economic slowdown in China.

Qunar, a Chinese travel search engine operator controlled by Baidu, slumped 6.6 per cent to US$44.40 following two consecutive days of strong gains on the back of its shares-swap merger with rival International.

Ctrip, China’s biggest online travel agency that will own 45 per cent of Qunar, edged up 0.87 per cent to US$89.40.

Baidu, operator of China’s biggest search engine, which will own a 25 per cent voting interest in Ctrip, slid 2 per cent to US$170.30.

Netease, one of China’s largest internet companies, gained 0.04 per cent to US$142.60, after it announced on Tuesday that its Netease Capital Venture unit has invested US$2.5 million into privately held Helsinki-based game studio Reforged Studios.

Meanwhile, the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI300 China A-Shares ETF slid 1.3 per cent to US$35.30, after the Shanghai Composite Index ended 1.72 per cent lower on Wednesday.

The iShares China Large-Cap ETF tracking Hong Kong-listed Chinese shares edged up 0.03 per cent to US$39.20, after the Hang Seng Index dropped 0.8 per cent on Wednesday.