Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Avis, Pinduoduo, Starbucks, Alibaba and more

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Check out the companies making the biggest moves midday:

Tesla — Shares of the electric vehicle company fell 1.49% after Tesla cut the starting prices for some of its vehicles in China. The price decreases apply to Model 3 and Model Y cars. CEO Elon Musk said last week that he saw signs of a recession in China.

WeWork — Shares of WeWork rallied 6.22% after Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage of the stock with an overweight rating. Cantor said that the office-sharing company’s cost and optimization of its real estate portfolio cut $2.7 billion in expenses.

Alibaba, Pinduoduo — Shares of Chinese companies listed in the U.S. dropped sharply Monday after Beijing tightened President Xi Jinping’s grip on power, souring investor sentiment for non-state-driven companies. Tech giant Alibaba lost 12.51%, while Tencent Music Entertainment fell 4.96%. Another tech name Pinduoduo plunged a whopping 24.61% Monday.

Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts – Shares of the casino operators are down 10.29% and 3.86%, respectively. They both have exposure to China, which saw its market plummet amid the aforementioned political reshuffling.

Starbucks — Starbucks’ shares dropped 5.47% Monday. The company also has exposure to China, opening its 6,000th store in the country last month.

Avis Budget Group — Shares of the rental car company jumped 16.63% after being upgraded by JPMorgan to overweight from neutral. Analysts believe car rental prices will remain elevated longer than investors believe.

Myovant Sciences — The biopharmaceutical company’s stock leapt 9.17% after it agreed to be bought by a subsidiary of majority shareholder Sumitomo Pharma. The purchase price of $27 a share is an improvement from Sumitomo’s earlier offer of $22.75 a share.

HCA Healthcare – The health-care company rallied 6.97%, making a comeback from its losses on Friday. HCA closed down 5.7% Friday following mixed third-quarter results that included a revenue miss.

Williams-Sonoma — Shares of home goods retailer Williams-Sonoma dipped earlier Monday before paring some of those losses to close down 0.77%. The company was downgraded to underperform from hold at Jefferies. Analysts cited a more demanding economic environment as the reason for the downgrade.

AT&T — The telecom stock added 2.4% after Raymond James upgraded the stock to a strong buy from an outperform rating, saying that AT&T shares could surge 40% and that a return to its core business has benefited the stock.

Tractor Supply Company — Shares of Tractor Supply Company rose 5.3% along with the market. The company released earnings last week that topped estimates and also recently closed on its purchase of Orscheln Farm and Home.

Aaron’s — Shares dropped 7% after Bank of America downgraded the rent-to-own furniture stock to underperform from neutral, saying the worsening “financial health of the subprime consumer” raises concerns on the rental company.

— CNBC’s Carmen Reinicke, Sarah Min, Samantha Subin, Jessie Pound and Yun Li contributed reporting.

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