Chinese Stocks Are a Screaming Bargain. Don’t Buy Them.

Chinese Stocks Are a Screaming Bargain. Don’t Buy Them. | Barron’s

Another brutal selloff for China’s tech champions presents U.S. investors with a dangerous bargain. Shares like


Alibaba

are deeply discounted compared with their U.S. counterparts. But “shares” might be the wrong word to describe them. Cryptostock, perhaps. Gains depend on a form of economic make-believe that’s becoming increasingly difficult to buy into. 

Two years ago, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group (BABA) was growing faster than


Amazon.com

(AMZN), with better profits, and half the stock market value. A tariff spat with the U.S. loomed, but what good value stock doesn’t come with a few warts? 

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