The outlook for Didi Global is still too murky amid the Chinese tech stock crackdown for investors to step in and buy the dip, according to Atlantic Equities. Analyst Xiao Ai downgraded the stock to neutral from overweight, saying the stock was a risk until the regulatory issues are ironed out. "While we believe the most likely outcome will be manageable financial and operational penalties, the range of outcomes leaves us unable to recommend the stock until there is more certainty," the note said. Atlantic, the only major Wall Street firm that covers Didi, said its year-end price target for the stock was $12 per share but warned that the stock should remain volatile. That target is still nearly 50% above where shares closed Friday. The ride-hailing company is one of several Chinese firms that are facing regulatory issues there. Chinese officials have limited Didi's customer acquisition ability, including blocking app downloads. The stock has dropped more than 50% since July 1. For Didi in particular, this lost time in gaining market share could be a big hit to its long-term outlook, Atlantic said. "A significant premium comes with having a monopoly in ridehailing and hence there would not be a linear relationship between market share lost and the impact on valuation," the note said. Atlantic's move is not an overall call on stocks that are under increased scrutiny in Beijing. The firm reiterated its overweight rating on Alibaba and Tencent . -CNBC's Michael Bloom contributed to this report.
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The outlook for Didi Global