Shares of Pinduoduo (NASDAQ:PDD) were surging today, although there was no company-specific news on the stock. Instead, shares of the social commerce specialist seemed to be gaining on China’s announcement Monday that it would change its two-child policy to a three-child policy, encouraging larger families.
As a result, the stock finished the day up 11.6%.
As a social e-commerce business, Pinduoduo encourages shoppers to form buying groups to get discounts, a model that should naturally benefit from increased family sizes, which should also favor online shopping in general.
Chinese baby and maternity stocks soared on the news, and e-commerce peers like Alibaba Group Holding and JD.com also posted gains.
Last week, Pinduoduo posted another round of blistering growth in the first quarter with a 239% revenue hike to $3.4 billion, and a 31% increase in active buyers to 823.8 million. The company continued to post losses on the bottom line, but did narrow its adjusted loss by about 40% to $288.5 million.
Founded in 2015, Pinduoduo has quickly emerged as a challenger to Alibaba and JD.com, the two largest e-commerce platforms in China, thanks to its rapid growth and the popularity of its social commerce model. The stock has been a big winner on the market since its 2018 IPO, but is down about a third from its peak in February due to a broader rotation out of growth stocks .
The news about China’s three-child policy is a reminder that there’s still plenty of growth left in the Chinese market for companies like Pinduoduo.
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