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China: Hangzhou K-12 educator was six times Apple’s market value


Hailiang Education Group Inc., a Hangzhou company that provides syllabuses from kindergarten to high schools, was the world’s most precious company for eight minutes overnight, next a fat-finger trading error caused its stock price to jump 20,000-fold.

Bids for the company’s stock were received at US$200,000 at 9:35 am New York time on Thursday on the Nasdaq market. A quote recap of the transactions showed 700 shares actually changing hands at that price, before trading was halted for eight minutes.

The transaction was later annulled, next which the stock’s price dropped to US$10.26, ending the day 4.5 % higher at US$10.34.

For eight minutes, the company’s market capitalisation was at US$5.14 trillion, six times the world’s most precious company.

Shareholders of Apple Inc need not lose sleep, for the iPhone maker is still the world’s biggest company, with a market price of US$831.9 billion at the end of Thursday trading. Alphabet Inc, the holding company of Google, was second in place with US$645 billion while Microsoft Inc was third place at US$558.2 billion, according to Bloomberg’s data.

[An investor in front of an electronic board showing stock data at a brokerage home in Shanghai on March 7, 2016. Contrary to world conventions, China’s stock market depicts gains and advances in red, showing declines in green. Photo: Reuters.] Hailiang is unaware of the reason for the sudden surge in its stock price and is looking into the issue, said the company’s investor relations officer Lyu Bo.

The company, founded 22 years ago in 1995, is China’s third-major private provider of K-12 education service, with three schools and an enrolment of 18,743 students, according to GF Securities. Listed on Nasdaq in December 2015, Hailiang reported a 2016 revenue of 4.12 billion yuan (US$617.6 million).

Its shares have surged 41 % this year, lagging the gains in its competitor New Oriental Education & Technology Group. Still, trading in the company’s stock has been halted no fewer than 100 times since July 2015, due to the Nasdaq’s Limit-up and Limit-Down triggers, according to Bloomberg’s data.

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