Best Chinese Stocks to Watch in 2023
Investing in Chinese stocks can be difficult, not only because the Chinese government imposes several restrictions on foreign investors. However, foreign investors can invest in China stocks using American Depositary Receipts (ADRs).
This article focuses on a few Chinese stocks to watch this year and the pros and cons of investing in them.
Table of Contents
- China stocks are stocks belonging to companies which are headquartered in China. The Chinese stock market is valued at around $12 trillion and is expected to grow in the coming decades.
- Many Chinese companies are protected from competition by Western counterparts when operating in China.
- Investing in China stocks can be difficult due to restrictions imposed on foreign investors. Foreign investors can use American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) which are certificates issued by a U.S. bank that represent shares in a foreign stock.
What are Chinese Stocks?
Chinese stocks are stocks of companies that are headquartered in China. What makes the Chinese stock market relevant for many foreign investors is its sheer size. China has a population of more than 1.4 billion people, a growing portion of which is becoming middle class and finding its way into more disposable income.
Some Chinese companies rank among the largest in the world. As an example, Alibaba, which appears on this list of China stocks, reached a market capitalization of over $500 billion in 2018, becoming the second-ever Asian company to do so. The Alibaba brand is considered the ninth most valuable brand in the world.
Something to keep in mind for foreign investors looking to invest in China stocks is that the Chinese government has imposed several restrictions on foreign investment within the country. However, with the use of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) foreign investors outside of China can invest in Chinese stocks. ADRs are certificates that represent shares in China stocks which are issued by international banks and can be bought and sold on the Western stock exchanges in the US, UK and Europe.
Best Chinese Stocks to Watch
It is important to note that whatever constitutes the ‘best’ investment for a given investor’s portfolio is a subjective matter. Personal financial goals and situations can lead to different answers to the same questions. Therefore, this list of China stocks is best used as a starting point for the research on which an investor builds their investment portfolio.
Here is the list of the best China stocks to watch:
- Baidu (BIDU) - Chinese variant of Google with a search engine in China offering digital services
- Alibaba (BABA) - Chinese version of Amazon, expanding into AI and cloud computing
- JD.com (JD) - An e-commerce competitor of Alibaba
- Weibo (WB) - Comparable to Twitter, owned by Sina Corporation
- NIO (NIO) - Chinese electric vehicle maker
Baidu can be thought of as China’s Google. The company offers similar products like a search engine and Baidu Maps but also has products like Baidu Wangpan (a cloud storage service) and Baidu Baike (an online encyclopaedia).
Around three-quarters of all online searches in China are completed using Baidu’s search engine. It faces no competition from the likes of Google or Microsoft’s Bing, due to strict censorship laws imposed by the Chinese government.
Baidu was founded in the year 2000 by Robin Li and Eric Xu. Baidu's search engine originates in RankDex, a piece of technology developed by Robin Li in 1996. The company has a market capitalisation of around $48 billion.
Founded in 1999 by Jack Ma, Alibaba’s business activities show similarities to e-commerce giant Amazon. Alibaba owns and operates several marketplaces where users can sell and buy goods, namely Alibaba.com (which is business-to-business), Taobao (which is customer-to-customer), and Tmall (which is business-to-customer).
The company also has an artificial intelligence branch and is trying to expand into the media industry. Alibaba has a market capitalisation of around $224 billion. The total revenue generated by all of the company’s operations was around $134 billion in 2022.
JD.com is one of Alibaba’s largest competitors, offering a substantially large business-to-customer online retailing platform. The company was founded by Liu Qiangdong in 1998. The company has changed its name twice. Until 2007 it operated under the name Joybuy, then switching to 360buy.com from 2007 onwards, before finally settling on JD.com in 2013.
Tencent, a Chinese multinational technology and entertainment conglomerate and holding company, owns a 20% stake in JD.com. JD.com has a market capitalisation of around $50 billion and generated a revenue of around $150 billion in 2022.
JD.com is investing heavily in high-tech delivery using drones and AI systems. It operates a large drone fleet with which it is actively experimenting with the goal of establishing an autonomous delivery system which delivers products directly from warehouses to customers.
‘Weibo’ is the Chinese word for ‘microblog’, which is exactly the type of platform Weibo is. Launched in 2009 by its parent company Sina Corporation, the platform bears many similarities to Twitter, as users can post short texts with a limited number of characters, as well as pictures and videos.
Weibo has over 500 million monthly active users, the lion’s share of which are Chinese nationals. The company went public on the NASDAQ in 2000 but has plans to go private, citing the political tensions between the US and China.
Weibo has a market capitalisation of around $3 billion and is owned by Sina Corporation, a Chinese technology company that also operates Sina Mobile, Sina Online, and Sinanet. Sina Weibo, often referred to as just ‘Weibo’, has captured more than 50% of the daily microblogging content generation within China.
Nio Incorporated is a Chinese multinational automobile manufacturer. The company’s vehicle range and future vehicles are fully electric, and Nio uniquely developed a battery-swapping system to work as an alternative to conventional charging stations. The company launched its brand in 2016 and raised billions in funding in several investment rounds. Multinational conglomerate Tencent also acquired a stake.
The company has a market capitalisation of around $18 billion and produced a revenue of around $7 billion in 2022. The company long took criticism for attracting billions of dollars in investment but failing to deliver substantial numbers of its EVs to market. In recent years, however, Nio has posted healthy growth and sales numbers. On the 12th of December 2022, the company officially rolled its 300,000th electric vehicle off the production line.
How to Invest in China Stocks
With Admirals, you can invest in China stocks via ADRs that are listed on Western stock exchanges with the following commissions:
- UK stocks and ETFs – 0.1% of trade value, 1 GBP minimum commission.
- US stocks and ETFs – From $0.02 per share, 1 USD minimum commission.
- Germany and France stocks and ETFs - 0.1% of trade value, 1 EUR minimum commission
You can learn more about investing commissions on the Admirals Contract Specification page. You can search for global stocks and ETFs from the Invest.MT5 web platform and invest in four steps:
- Open an account with Admirals.
- Click on Trade on one of your live or demo trading accounts to open the web platform.
- Search for your symbol at the top of the search window.
- Click Create New Order in the bottom window to open a trading ticket to input your trade size, stop loss and take profit level.
Conclusion: Pros & Cons of Investing in China Stocks
Regarding advantages, China represents a market of over 1.4 billion people who are increasingly finding their way into disposable income. In the coming decades, China will develop a substantial middle class that represents an attractive consumer base for many companies.
The Chinese government is also investing heavily in digital developments, and many Chinese companies are at the forefront of technological innovation, for example in AI, cloud computing, and parcel delivery via autonomous drones.
In terms of disadvantages, the Chinese stock market can prove hard to grasp for foreign investors. Market sentiment can be tough to judge to outsiders of Chinese culture and society.
China is ruled by a single party, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Chinese market is heavily dependent on the policies of the CCP, something which can change rapidly causing a higher level of volatility in Chinese stocks.
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FAQs on Best China Stocks
What are the best Chinese stocks to buy now?
The world's most commonly known Chinese stocks include Baidu, Alibaba, JD.com, Weibo, NIO, Tencent and many others. The best is subjective and will be down to the individual investor's risk tolerance.
What is China’s main stock market?
China has three main stock exchanges on its mainland, those being the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), the Beijing Stock Exchange (BSE), and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE).
Is it good to invest in Chinese stocks?
As with any investment, it can win or lose. Investors run the risk of losing a portion or all of their money and it is important to perform thorough research on how you expect stock prices to develop. Chinese stocks have their own set of risks and are considered more volatile than blue chip stocks.
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