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Chinese Automaker BYD Shows off a $233,400 Electric Supercar

By Jim Motavalli
Wed, Feb 28, 2024 8:56amGrey Clock 3 min

From its inception, Chinese automaker BYD has had a global vision that’s been realized in Asia, Europe, and South America, but the company has had a conspicuously low profile in the U.S., where 25%import duties have so far kept the brand mostly out of the market. Indeed, U.S. lawmakers are urging even higher tariffs on Chinese-made EVs.

The U.S. blockade hasn’t stopped BYD (“Build Your Dreams”) from becoming the world’s biggest producer of EVs, passing Tesla. The company produced 3 million vehicles last year, with exports to 70 countries growing by a remarkable 334%. The company’s website has headlines such as “BYD Seal Launched in Nepal” and “BYD Enters Indonesian Passenger Car Market with three EVs.” Early investment in BYD by Warren Buffett seems to have been rewarded, though he sold some of his stock in 2022.

The EV supercar market has entries such as the Rimac Nevera, Lucid Air Sapphire, Maserati GranTurismo Folgore, and others, but few credible models from China. Now that may be changing with BYD’s sleek two-door US$233,400 Yangwang U9 (“Ultimate 9”) coupe, so far intended only for the Chinese market.

Competitive with those other supercars, it can reach 62 miles per hour in 2.36 seconds and attain a top speed of 192 mph. The U9 has 1,287 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque. The car was shown in a live launch stream from Shanghai on Saturday, and will reportedly reach customers as early as this summer.

BYD’s Yangwang U9 has the supercar look down pat.
BYD photo

The U9 has an 80-kilowatt-hour lithium iron phosphate, or LFP, battery and 280-mile range on the Chinese Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle, which Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst for transportation and mobility at Guidehouse Insights, says is “notoriously optimistic.” The U9 has an 800-volt architecture and can reportedly use DC fast charging up to 500 kilowatts, with the ability to charge from 30% to 80% in 10 minutes.

The U9 has familiar supercar styling by the German designer Wolfgang Egger, complete with a pair of upswinging doors. Like other Chinese cars, it has its fanciful side—including four different “dance modes” that make use of its Discus X full active body control. In the event of a flat tire, it can run on three wheels. Other features include an adjustable rear wing and “the smartest supercar cockpit,” with two LCD screens (and provisions for a possible third). The U9 is around 16 feet long, roughly the size of a Lamborghini Aventador.

Yangwang is a new upmarket brand for BYD. The lineup includes the U8, a US$150,000 four-motor plug-in hybrid SUV with 1,184 horsepower and zero to 62 in 3.6 seconds. The U8 can reportedly stay afloat during emergencies. BYD has already delivered more than 3,000 of them. The U7 is a luxury electric four-door sedan, also with four motors, and a reported 1,300 horsepower and up to 500-mile range. The U7 starts at US$140,000.

BYD covers both ends of the market, and offers EVs that sell for less than US$14,000 in the Chinese market. BYD, which has sold some buses in the U.S., is considering production in Mexico, which would potentially be an easy export to the U.S. That prospect is alarming Western automakers. According to a  recent report from the Alliance for American Manufacturing: “The introduction of cheap Chinese autos—which are so inexpensive because they are backed with the power and funding of the Chinese government—to the American market could end up being an extinction-level event for the U.S. auto sector.”

Inside the U9.
BYD photo

Building Chinese cars in Mexico is “an effort to gain backdoor access to American consumers by circumventing existing policies that are keeping China’s autos out of the U.S. market,” the report said. Abuelsamid said that further tariffs are “a distinct possibility,” but not likely until at least 2025 because of Congressional gridlock.



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By KEN SHREVE
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A lot of investors get stock-picking wrong before they even get started: Instead of targeting the top-performing stocks in the market, they focus on the laggards—widely known companies that look as if they are on sale after a period of stock-price weakness.

But these weak performers usually are going down for good reasons, such as for deteriorating sales and earnings, market-share losses or mutual-fund managers who are unwinding positions.

Decades of Investor’s Business Daily research shows these aren’t the stocks that tend to become stock-market leaders. The stocks that reward investors with handsome gains for months or years are more often  already  the strongest price performers, usually because of outstanding earnings and sales growth and increasing fund ownership.

Of course, many investors already chase performance and pour money into winning stocks. So how can a discerning investor find the winning stocks that have more room to run?

Enter “relative strength”—the notion that strength begets more strength. Relative strength measures stocks’ recent performance relative to the overall market. Investing in stocks with high relative strength means going with the winners, rather than picking stocks in hopes of a rebound. Why bet on a last-place team when you can wager on the leader?

One of the easiest ways to identify the strongest price performers is with IBD’s Relative Strength Rating. Ranked on a scale of 1-99, a stock with an RS rating of 99 has outperformed 99% of all stocks based on 12-month price performance.

How to use the metric

To capitalise on relative strength, an investor’s search should be focused on stocks with RS ratings of at least 80.

But beware: While the goal is to buy stocks that are performing better than the overall market, stocks with the highest RS ratings aren’t  always  the best to buy. No doubt, some stocks extend rallies for years. But others will be too far into their price run-up and ready to start a longer-term price decline.

Thus, there is a limit to chasing performance. To avoid this pitfall, investors should focus on stocks that have strong relative strength but have seen a moderate price decline and are just coming out of weeks or months of trading within a limited range. This range will vary by stock, but IBD research shows that most good trading patterns can show declines of up to one-third.

Here, a relative strength line on a chart may be helpful for confirming an RS rating’s buy signal. Offered on some stock-charting tools, including IBD’s, the line is a way to visualise relative strength by comparing a stock’s price performance relative to the movement of the S&P 500 or other benchmark.

When the line is sloping upward, it means the stock is outperforming the benchmark. When it is sloping downward, the stock is lagging behind the benchmark. One reason the RS line is helpful is that the line can rise even when a stock price is falling, meaning its value is falling at a slower pace than the benchmark.

A case study

The value of relative strength could be seen in Google parent Alphabet in January 2020, when its RS rating was 89 before it started a 10-month run when the stock rose 64%. Meta Platforms ’ RS rating was 96 before the Facebook parent hit new highs in March 2023 and ran up 65% in four months. Abercrombie & Fitch , one of 2023’s best-performing stocks, had a 94 rating before it soared 342% in nine months starting in June 2023.

Those stocks weren’t flukes. In a study of the biggest stock-market winners from the early 1950s through 2008, the average RS rating of the best performers before they began their major price runs was 87.

To see relative strength in action, consider Nvidia . The chip stock was an established leader, having shot up 365% from its October 2022 low to its high of $504.48 in late August 2023.

But then it spent the next four months rangebound—giving up some ground, then gaining some back. Through this period, shares held between $392.30 and the August peak, declining no more than 22% from top to bottom.

On Jan. 8, Nvidia broke out of its trading range to new highs. The previous session, Nvidia’s RS rating was 97. And that week, the stock’s relative strength line hit new highs. The catalyst: Investors cheered the company’s update on its latest advancements in artificial intelligence.

Nvidia then rose 16% on Feb. 22 after the company said earnings for the January-ended quarter soared 486% year over year to $5.16 a share. Revenue more than tripled to $22.1 billion. It also significantly raised its earnings and revenue guidance for the quarter that was to end in April. In all, Nvidia climbed 89% from Jan. 5 to its March 7 close.

And the stock has continued to run up, surging past $1,000 a share in late May after the company exceeded that guidance for the April-ended quarter and delivered record revenue of $26 billion and record net profit of $14.88 billion.

Ken Shreve  is a senior markets writer at Investor’s Business Daily. Follow him on X  @IBD_KShreve  for more stock-market analysis and insights, or contact him at  ken.shreve@investors.com .