Phone maker Xiaomi falls then rises in Hong Kong debut

Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Falls in Hong Kong Trading Debut

Xiaomi's shares open 2.9% down on debut in Hong Kong

A packed initial public offering (IPO) calendar in the coming months will include a $4 billion deal from online food delivery-to-ticketing services platform Meituan Dianping and an up to $10 billion IPO from China Tower, the world's largest mobile tower operator.

Despite Xiaomi's challenging debut, Reuters notes that Hang Seng - the Hong Kong stock market index - was 1.7 percent higher.

Still, the eight-year-old company, which has ambitions to transform itself from a low-priced maker of phones to a global rival to match Apple, managed to raise $4.72bn, making it the world's biggest technology float in four years.

The company's weak debut comes at a time when global markets have been roiled by the escalating trade clash between the United States and China.

Xiaomi's IPO began on Monday in Hong Kong to a fairly slow start, with trade slipping more than 2%, sometimes dropping by 5.88%.

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The weak pricing values the firm, which also makes internet-connected home appliances and gadgets, at about US$54 billion, nearly half its original US$100 billion ambition earlier this year.

Lei Jun (center), Xiaomi's CEO with senior vice president Li Wanqiang (left) and executive director Lin Bin (right) ahead of the company's IPO.

At Monday's closing price the company had a market value of $53.3 billion.

The company had also expected to split its listing with another offering on mainland China, but cancelled that. There has been a bit of debate as to whether or not it is a hardware company or an internet company, perhaps when the dust settles and investors know what they're getting into we could see the price move in Xiaomi's favour.

Xiaomi argued that it should receive a higher valuation than other hardware makers because of the internet services - such as music and video streaming apps - it offers with its devices.

"From day one, we've set up a dual-class share structure".

Enthusiasm for Xiaomi may have waned because investors are holding out for other big Chinese tech IPOs on the horizon, Hong said.

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