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Oct. 20, 2020, 2:52 p.m. EDT

Kaixin Auto stock plunges after a ‘surprise’ rocket ride higher

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Tomi Kilgore

Shares of Kaixin Auto Holdings Inc. plunged Tuesday, after skyrocketing 15-fold over the past four sessions, as the China-based auto-dealership company confirmed there was no news released to explain the recent volatility.

“The spike of stock price came as a surprise to people in Kaixin,” the company said in an emailed statement to MarketWatch.

The stock /zigman2/quotes/202517550/composite KXIN +3.45% dropped 43.9% on volume of 16.1 million shares in afternoon trading. The stock was halted briefly for volatility three times in the first half-hour of trading on Tuesday.

The pullback comes after the stock soared 293.7% on record volume of 235.3 million shares on Monday.

It ran up 55.6% on volume of 55.1 million shares on Friday, tumbled 32.8% on volume of 6.3 million shares on Thursday and soared 266.7% on volume of 60.6 million on Wednesday. In total, the stock has gained 1,409.3% over the past four days through Monday.

The company’s last 6-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission was on Aug. 26. At that time, Kaixin said it decided to halt its used-car dealership operations, meaning second-quarter revenue will be “significantly lower” than in prior periods, and that “it may not have meaningful revenue starting in the third quarter of 2020.”

The stock closed at a record low of 41 cents on Sept. 8.

“There is no change in the status of Kaixin’s business operations since the company filed the last 6-K on Aug. 23, 2020, and its dealership business is still in halt,” the company said.

The stock has now climbed 144.4% year to date, while the iShares MSCI China exchange-traded fund /zigman2/quotes/206267952/composite MCHI -0.99% has advanced 22.4% and the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.16% has gained 7.1%.

US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 7.49
+0.25 +3.45%
Volume: 9.20M
Nov. 25, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
Dividend Yield
Market Cap
$437.76 million
Rev. per Employee
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 81.24
-0.81 -0.99%
Volume: 3.29M
Nov. 25, 2020 4:00p
-5.76 -0.16%
Volume: 2.32B
Nov. 25, 2020 5:33p

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