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Li Auto's stock erases gains after delivery data, as other China-based EV makers keep falling

Tomi Kilgore

Li ONE November deliveries rose to monthly record 4,646, up 26% from the October

Shares of Li Auto Inc. reversed course to trade slightly lower Wednesday, even after the Beijing-based company reported a monthly record of deliveries in November, as the stocks of other China-based electric vehicle makers continued to pull back.

Li Auto's stock (LI) inched 0.1% lower in premarket trading, erasing an earlier gain of as much as 5.1%. That puts it on track to add to the four-day streak of losses through Tuesday, in which it tumbled 20.7%, since closing at a record $43.96 on Nov. 24.

The company reported late Tuesday that it delivered 4,646 Li ONE SUVs, up 25.8% from October.

Li Auto, which started production of the Li ONE in November 2019, and went public on July 30, has now delivered 26,498 vehicles year to date, including 8,660 vehicles in the third quarter, up 31.1% from the second quarter.

As of Nov. 30, Li Auto had 45 retail stores across 38 cities in China, and 97 servicing centers and body and paint ships in 72 cities.

Meanwhile, the shares of other EV makers based in China keep falling, despite upbeat delivery data.

Nio Inc.'s stock (NIO) dropped 4.1% ahead of Wednesday's open, after slumping 16.0% over the past two days, and XPeng Inc. shares (XPEV) fell 3.3%, after shedding 18.5% the past two days.

The selloffs were suffered even after Nio reported November deliveries that more than doubled from a year ago and XPeng reported a more-than quadrupling in monthly deliveries.

Don't miss: Nio, XPeng stocks swing to losses despite big jumps in November deliveries (link).

Despite the recent pullbacks, shares of Nio have still skyrocketed 1,028.4% year to date through Tuesday. XPeng shares, which started trading on Aug. 27, have run up 148.3% over the past three months and Li Auto's stock has advanced 95.1% over the same time.

The iShares MSCI China exchange-traded fund (MCHI) has gained 4.2% over the past three months and the S&P 500 index has tacked on 2.3%.

What could also be weighing on investor sentiment, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a measure (link) over whether China-based companies with stocks listed in the U.S. would be required to undergo audits reviewed by regulators or risk be delisted.

Elsewhere, Kandi Technologies Group Inc. shares (KNDI) fell 6.0% ahead of Wednesday's open. The stock has plunged 40.9% over the past three sessions, as short seller Hindenburg Research took aim at the China-based maker of electric cars and battery packs.

Also read: Kandi stock plunges after short seller alleges 'brazen scheme' to falsify revenue (link).

On Tuesday, the company responded by saying it believed the Hindenburg report contained "numerous errors, misstatements of historical facts, inaccurate conclusions and superfluous opinions."

Shares of China Automotive Systems Inc. (CAAS) declined 4.8% premarket, after tumbling 17.3% on Tuesday. The stock had soared 174.2% on Monday, after an upbeat report on deliveries (link) of its power-steering products for use in EVs in China.

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