There were many reasons for the sharp pullback in these China tech stocks, some of which are listed below:
the general market pullback meant that these high-beta names pulled back even more;
more evidence of fraud in China stocks spreading from smaller reverse takeover companies to larger companies such asSino-ForestandLongtop Financial(LFT-commentary-Trade Now);
continued worries about a China Internet bubble and concerns that this was the beginning of the end; and
Jack Ma transferred outAlipayfromAlibaba, sendingYahoo!'s(YHOO-commentary-Trade Now) shares down and worrying Americans that there is no rule of law in China.
In the midst of this wave of bad news and worry, I happened to be traveling through China, meeting with several tech companies. I was asked about if we were in a bubble more than anything else while I was there.
What I said then and what I still believe now is that this is not the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning. The Chinese Internet bubble is not bursting now, and I don't believe it will burst this year. I still think we have six to 36 months of good times ahead of us. It's hard to know more precisely than that when the party will end -- at least at this point.
Translated for investors, that means you shouldn't miss out on a second-half bounce-back for these stocks.
There is a range of quality out there, however, so you need to do a lot of research and due diligence before jumping in.
I recommend you stick with two of the biggest quality names: Baidu and Sina. They are solid companies with great management teams that will continue to be in-demand sites for a long time. Everywhere I went in China, I would hear people updating their Sina Weibo status on their iPhones. That is a growing monster service, right there.
Similar to Baidu and Sina, Hong Kong-listed Tencent should also do well in the second half of the year.
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