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Stocks Making the Biggest Moves Midday: Didi, Diamondback Energy, Whirlpool and More

Florence Lo | Reuters

Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading.

Didi — The sell-off in the Chinese ride-hailing company continued with shares falling 4.6%. On Tuesday, Didi shares sank nearly 20% after Chinese regulators announced a cybersecurity review of the company, less than a week after Didi's public debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

Nio, Pinduoduo, Baidu and Alibaba — The U.S.-traded shares of several other Chinese companies also continued to retreat on Wednesday. The electric vehicle company Nio dropped more than 8%, online agriculture marketplace Pinduoduo fell about 2.5%, search giant Baidu dipped 2.3% and Alibaba slipped 1.7%.

Diamondback Energy – Shares of the exploration and production company slid 3.5% amid continued weakness in oil prices. West Texas Intermediate crude futures dipped more than 2% during volatile trading on Wednesday, weighing on the energy sector broadly. Valero and Occidental also shed more than 3% while Halliburton dipped 2.7%.

Whirlpool – Shares of the home products company rose 2.3% on Wednesday after JPMorgan named Whirlpool a top pick. The firm said in a note to clients that Whirlpool was a "hated" stock on Wall Street but was primed to beat expectations in the quarters ahead, creating upside potential for investors.

Beyond Meat — Shares of the plant-based meat-substitute maker fell 3.6% after CRFA downgraded the equity to a hold rating from a buy rating. CFRA said in its downgrade of the stock that it sees a more "balanced" risk/reward in the current market environment.

Boston Beer — Shares of Boston Beer added 3.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock to outperform from neutral. The firm noted that the Truly hard seltzer brand could boost the stock's performance. Credit Suisse also hiked its price target to $1,490 , roughly 61% higher than the stock's Tuesday close.

— CNBC's Jesse Pound, Pippa Stevens, Yun Li, Tanaya Macheel and Tom Franck contributed reporting

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