Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S.-listed China shares rose before the opening bell on Friday, enjoying a robust rally at the start of the year as fewer jarring regulatory headlines from Beijing spurred investors to pick up battered names including Alibaba, JD.com and Baidu.

E-commerce giant Alibaba rose 0.5%, adding to a 17% jump over the past 11 trading days. Analysts this week said retail investors have been strong buyers of the tech giant’s shares.

China-based e-commerce company JD.com Inc advanced 2.6%, looking to wrap up its best weekly performance in nine weeks.

Online search engine Baidu Inc , which touched a near two-month high earlier this week, edged up 0.6%, while online retail marketplace Pinduoduo (PDD.O) added 0.9% after hitting a one-month high on Wednesday.

“In a nutshell, we think the worst of the tech regulatory storm is behind us, even though the regulatory upgrade is not yet over and will have a lasting impact on the tech sector’s long-term growth prospects,” analysts at…

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