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Chanos pitches Alibaba as a short: Sources

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Short-selling specialist Jim Chanos pitched Alibaba as a short at a conference Friday, according to sources.

Chanos — founder and president of Kynikos Associates — made his pitch at the Morgan Stanley Lyford conference, citing "accounting concerns," the sources said.

Alibaba's stock hit session lows on the news and was trading about 4 percent lower in midday trading.

An employee walks past the Alibaba logo during a media tour organized by government officials at the company’s headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
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Alibaba shares intraday

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Chanos also pitched JD.com — China's second-largest e-commerce company — as a long in order to hedge the Alibaba short.

This led JD.com shares to session highs before trading over 2.5 percent higher.

JD.com shares intraday

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Chanos has been a longtime bear on China and warned in September that Beijing was running out of room to borrow, which would lead to a "credit event."

"The debt is still growing two to three 'X' the economy every year," he said.

Alibaba did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

— CNBC's Scott Wapner and Matthew Belvedere contributed to this report.

CORRECTION: This version corrected attribution of Chanos citing "accounting concerns" to the sources.