How to buy Alibaba shares | $243.46

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Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) is a leading internet retail business based in the US. It opened the day at $246.25 after a previous close of $242.98. During the day the price has varied from a low of $242.15 to a high of $246.99. The latest price was $243.46 (25 minute delay). Alibaba is listed on the NYSE and employs 122,399 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Alibaba

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: BABA in this case.
  5. Research Alibaba shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Alibaba shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted Alibaba's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Alibaba's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $306.28, which is 30.59% up on its pre-crash value of $212.59 and 80.22% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $169.95.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Alibaba shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $827.03 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,436.45.

Alibaba share price

Use our graph to track the performance of BABA stocks over time.

Alibaba shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-15.
Open$246.25
High$246.99
Low$242.15
Close$243.46
Previous close$242.98
Change $0.48
Change % 0.198%
Volume 21,100,816
Information last updated 2021-01-18.
52-week range$169.95 - $319.32
50-day moving average $248.5288
200-day moving average $268.2358
Wall St. target price$323.2
PE ratio 26.1504
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $9.31
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
eToro Free Stocks
0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
Stake
£0
£0
Zero platform fee
Join and receive a free share worth up to £100
Access unlimited commission-free trading on 3,800+ US stocks and ETFs with Stake. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Alibaba stock?

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Alibaba price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $243.46

1 week (2021-01-12) 7.92%
1 month (2020-12-18) -6.36%
3 months (2020-10-19) -20.25%
6 months (2020-07-17) -1.49%
1 year (2020-01-17) 7.05%
2 years (2019-01-18) 55.05%
3 years (2018-01-19) 32.28%
5 years (2016-01-19) 247.16%

Is Alibaba under- or over-valued?

Valuing Alibaba stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Alibaba's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Alibaba's P/E ratio

Alibaba's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, Alibaba shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

However, Alibaba's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the internet retail industry or those of similar companies.

Alibaba's PEG ratio

Alibaba's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.897. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Alibaba's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Alibaba's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Alibaba financials

Gross profit TTM $230 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.71%
Return on equity TTM 14.58%
Profit margin 22.55%
Book value $24.798
Market capitalisation $672.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Alibaba shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "BABA.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 37.2 million Alibaba shares held short by investors – that's known as Alibaba's "short interest". This figure is 13.6% down from 43.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Alibaba shares can be evaluated.

Alibaba's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Alibaba's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Alibaba shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Alibaba shares traded daily (recently around 26.4 million). Alibaba's SIR currently stands at 1.41. In other words for every 100,000 Alibaba shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1410 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Alibaba's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Alibaba's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Alibaba shares. In this case Alibaba's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Alibaba shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Alibaba.

Find out more about how you can short Alibaba stock.

Alibaba's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Alibaba.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Alibaba's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.21

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Alibaba's overall score of 28.21 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Alibaba is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Alibaba's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Alibaba's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.34/100

Alibaba's environmental score of 4.34 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Alibaba is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Alibaba's social score

Social score: 15.2/100

Alibaba's social score of 15.2 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Alibaba is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Alibaba's governance score

Governance score: 10.67/100

Alibaba's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Alibaba is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Alibaba's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Alibaba scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Alibaba has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Alibaba Group Holding Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 28.21
Total ESG percentile 36.84
Environmental score 4.34
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 15.2
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 10.67
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

Alibaba share dividends

We're not expecting Alibaba to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Alibaba share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Alibaba's shares have ranged in value from as little as $169.95 up to $319.32. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BABA.US volatility(beta: 0.99)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Alibaba's is 0.989. This would suggest that Alibaba's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

To put Alibaba's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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Alibaba overview

Alibaba Group Holding Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides online and mobile commerce businesses in the People's Republic of China and internationally. It operates through four segments: Core Commerce, Cloud Computing, Digital Media and Entertainment, and Innovation Initiatives and Others. The company operates Taobao Marketplace, a mobile commerce destination; Tmall, a third-party online and mobile commerce platform for brands and retailers; Alibaba Health Internet platforms for pharmaceutical and healthcare products; Alimama, a monetization platform; 1688.com and Alibaba.com, which are online wholesale marketplaces; AliExpress, a retail marketplace; Lazada, an e-commerce platform; and Tmall Global, an import e-commerce platform. It also operates Lingshoutong, a digital sourcing platform; Cainiao Network logistic services platform; Ele.me, a delivery and local services platform; Koubei, a restaurant and local services guide platform; and Fliggy, an online travel platform. In addition, the company offers pay-for-performance and display marketing services; and Taobao Ad Network and Exchange, a real-time bidding online marketing exchange. Further, it provides elastic computing, database, storage, virtualization network, large-scale computing, security, management and application, big data analytics, and Internet of Things and other services for enterprises; payment and escrow services; and movies, television series, variety shows, animations, and other video content. Additionally, the company operates Youku, an online video platform; Alibaba Pictures and other content platforms that provide online videos, films, live events, news feeds, literature, music, and others; Amap, a mobile digital map, navigation, and real-time traffic information app; DingTalk, a business efficiency app; and Tmall Genie, an AI-powered smart speaker. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Hangzhou, the People's Republic of China.

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