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JD.com soars in Chinese e-commerce site's 1st day of Nasdaq trading after IPO raises $1.78B

Employees and guests of JD.com celebrate the IPO for the company at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Thursday, May 22, 2014 in New York. JD.com, China's No. 2 e-commerce service, is headquartered in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Employees and guests of JD.com celebrate the IPO for the company at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Thursday, May 22, 2014 in New York. JD.com, China's No. 2 e-commerce service, is headquartered in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Shares of JD.com surged in their Nasdaq exchange debut after an initial public offering of the Chinese e-commerce platform's stock raised $1.78 billion.

The stock climbed 10 per cent, or $1.90, to $20.90 from its IPO price while broader indexes rose slightly.

JD.com Inc. had offered about 69 million shares in the IPO, while selling shareholders offered 24.7 million. The company's stock was priced at $19 per share, or a dollar higher than the range it had forecast.

The company says it plans to use some of the offering's proceeds to build new warehouses and buy vehicles for shipping and delivery.

JD.com's larger rival in China, Alibaba, also plans to debut on U.S. stock markets. Its shares have not started trading.

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