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Shares of Luckin Espresso jumped 20 p.c in its first day of buying and selling on the Nasdaq inventory market.

After opening at $17.00, shares of the Chinese language Starbucks competitor climbed as excessive as $25.96, or greater than 50 p.c, earlier than settling again right down to $20.38 on the market’s shut. The corporate has a market cap north of $5 billion after its first day of buying and selling.

The brick-and-mortar espresso chain has achieved main success in China by providing speedy supply companies to Chineses customers. The corporate has practically 2,400 shops in comparison with Starbucks’ 3,500 but it surely has plans to greater than double that quantity by the tip of the yr because it seeks to develop into the nation’s espresso king.

Luckin’s success doesn’t instantly appear to be thwarting the inventory market success of Starbucks, which has had a glowing 2019. The corporate hit one other all-time excessive Friday closing out the day at $78.91, up greater than 35 p.c from a yr in the past, giving the Seattle firm a market cap of practically $96 billion.

Starbucks and Luckin Espresso might look like mortal enemies however their rivalry is extra difficult than one would possibly instantly assume. Take a look at our ExtraCrunch deep dive from earlier this week on the Xiamen-based firm’s financials.

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