FirstFT: Tiger Global cuts tech bets after stock market selloff

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Tiger Global, the hedge fund known for making big bets on tech companies, has cut its holdings and dumped stakes in companies such as Netflix and Rivian as it suffered heavy losses in this year’s stock market rout.

The total value of Tiger Global’s public equity positions fell from $46 billion at the end of last year to just over $26 billion at the end of the first quarter, according to regulatory filings released Monday. The decline in value reflects falling stock market valuations as well as equity sales.

In a significant pullback, the New York-based company sold its entire stake in consumer technology companies including dating app Bumble, vacation rental company Airbnb and Chinese ride-sharing group Didi.

Its sale came as research analysts at JPMorgan Chase approved a handful of Chinese internet stocks as “uninvestable” just two months ago, in a significant change in sentiment towards the sector. In a series of changes on Monday, analysts raised their ratings for NetEase, Tencent, Alibaba, Meituan, iQIYI, Dingdong and Pinduoduo.

Tiger Global also significantly reduced its exposure to trading app Robinhood, selling nearly 80% of its stake, and struggling connected fitness company Peloton. Tiger Global declined to comment.

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business profits Home Depot, Imperial Brands, Land Securities, Vodafone and Walmart report their results, as does JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce group whose founder Richard Liu resigned last month.

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