‘Big Short’ investor Michael Burry bets large on China e-commerce

May 16, 2024 | blog

Michael Burry’s funding agency doubled down on its bets on Inc and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. within the first quarter as Chinese equities bottomed out. was Scion Asset Management’s prime holding after the agency boosted its stake within the e-commerce operator by 80% throughout the interval, in line with the latest 13F submitting. Alibaba was its second-biggest place with whole worth at round $9 million, after the agency added an extra 50,000 shares.

Burry, made well-known by the guide The Big Shorthas been making a return to Chinese tech shares after exiting them at one level in 2023. The wagers look like paying off, as Chinese policymakers’ efforts to stem a rout and indicators of enchancment in earnings spur a rebound within the troubled market.’s US-listed shares have climbed greater than 16% this yr whereas Alibaba’s have elevated about 4.5%. 

Baidu Inc.’s American Depositary Receipts, which Burry added a small $4.2 million stake, are nonetheless down 7% this yr.   

Global traders have been making a cautious return to the Chinese inventory market as low cost valuations and Beijing’s coverage help allowed quite a lot of fairness benchmarks to roar into bull markets. A sustainable development in earnings is seen as essential for the rebound to proceed. Tencent Holdings Ltd. beat earnings estimates whereas Alibaba reported weaker-than-expected profitability. 

Burry, who rose to fame predicting the 2008 US housing crash, has been transferring out and in of his China tech bets over the previous years. He snapped up shares of New York-listed Alibaba and on the finish of 2022 as China was rising from the pandemic. He ended up closing out his positions within the second quarter of 2023, solely to reopen them months later.

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