Shares of Chinese electric car maker Nio rally after Tesla investor takes stake

  • Shares of Chinese electric car maker Nio rally after Tesla investor Baillie Gifford took an 11.4 percent stake.
  • Nio listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 12.
  • Nio intends to make cars for the Chinese market first but eventually plans to expand into Europe and the United States.

Shares of Chinese electric car maker Nio surged more than 13 percent in Wednesday's premarket following reports that Tesla investor Baillie Gifford has acquired an 11.4 percent stake in the company.

Reports of the investment had send shares up 22 percent on Tuesday.

The U.K. investment management firm owns 85.3 million Nio shares, the company said Tuesday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Baillie Gifford management firm is Tesla's largest outside shareholder, with a 9 percent stake. Tesla's largest investor is CEO Elon Musk, who owns about 20 percent of shares.

Nio's stock closed up 22 percent Tuesday at $7.39. Since Nio shares began trading on Sept. 12, the stock has traded as high as $13.80 and as low as $5.35. When it listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange last month, the company said it plans to make cars for the Chinese market initially, but it also has ambitions to expand into Europe and the U.S.