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How the New Delisting Bill Could Impact Chinese Stocks

The new delisting bill could be critical for many high profile and popular Chinese stocks.
Investors need to watch out for their moves.

The US Senate passed a crucial bill on Wednesday, May 20, that could have implications for the
relationship between the US and China. This bill will also have an impact on the stock market;
here’s how. Fox Business reports that the new bill, called the Holding Foreign Companies
Accountable Act (HFCAA), removes “rogue” Chinese companies from the US exchanges.

The Reason Behind the Legislation

The main reason behind the legislation is the concern that Chinese companies listed on the US stock exchanges are not subject to those standards of accounting and investor protection rules that US companies have to follow.

As a result, retail investors are faced with a greater risk of fraud. According to the bill, if the Public Accounting Oversight Board isn’t provided access to the books of any foreign issuer of stocks for 3 years, the Securities and Exchange Commission will prohibit the trading of those shares on the US exchanges. All that’s needed now is the approval by the House of Representatives after which the President will sign the bill.

Now what do investors need to keep in mind? Well, there are some stocks that would be directly affected by this. In fact, 165 Chinese companies (of which are quite popular with investors) have their stocks listed on the American stock exchanges, and all these could be adversely affected by this legislation.

High Profile Chinese Stocks that Could Be Affected

Among these are search engine giant Baidu ($BIDU), cloud computing giant Alibaba ($BABA), e-commerce platform provider ($JD), and social media and video game company Tencent ($TCEHY).

One Chinese company that already has its stock hit is Luckin Coffee ($LK). NASDAQ already sent the beverage chain a delisting notice after its COO was found to have fabricated sales worth $310 million in 2019. Debuting at $17 per share on NASDAQ in May 2019, the stock soared to $50.02 in January. The company was valued at $12.02 billion. On Wednesday, its value dropped to less than $700 million.

Delisting from NASDAQ

Baidu is already thinking of delisting from NASDAQ. It plans to list on some stock exchange located closer to China since it believes its stock isn’t given the deserved value in US markets.
Will other Chinese companies follow suit? That could happen, or a situation could arise when these companies could be blocked from trading in the US. Or only be allowed to trade on the OTC markets instead of the top exchanges. New Chinese companies could also be prevented from listing on the US stock markets.

If you are using an online stock broker or one of the commission-free trading brokers you need to be vigilant when dealing Chinese stocks and how the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (HFCAA) will effect their listing in the US stock exchange.

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