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How to buy Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Alibaba Group Holding shares.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) is a leading internet retail business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$179.08 after a previous close of USD$177.42. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$175.81 to a high of USD$182.09. The latest price was USD$177.7 (25 minute delay). Alibaba Group Holding is listed on the NYSE and employs 254,702 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Alibaba Group Holding's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $177.7, which is 16.41% down on its pre-crash value of $212.59 and 4.56% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $169.95.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Alibaba Group Holding stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks 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 $833.41.

Is it a good time to buy Alibaba Group Holding stock?

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Alibaba Group Holding shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-22.
Open$179.08
High$182.09
Low$175.81
Close$177.70
Previous close$177.42
Change $0.28
Change % 0.1578%
Volume 16,956,526
Information last updated 2021-10-15.
52-week range$138.43 - $319.32
50-day moving average $158.52
200-day moving average $199.13
Wall St. target price$246.26
PE ratio 20.1318
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.35

Alibaba Group Holding stock price (NYSE: BABA)

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

Alibaba Group Holding price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $177.7 from 2021-10-22

1 week (2021-10-12) 9.02%
1 month (2021-09-19) N/A
3 months (2021-07-23) -13.96%
6 months (2021-04-23) -23.43%
1 year (2020-10-23) -42.66%
2 years (2019-10-23) 4.58%
3 years (2018-10-23) 21.17%
5 years (2016-10-21) 70.96%

Is Alibaba Group Holding under- or over-valued?

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

Alibaba Group Holding's P/E ratio

Alibaba Group Holding's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Alibaba Group Holding shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Alibaba Group Holding's PEG ratio

Alibaba Group Holding's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7096. 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 Group Holding's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Alibaba Group Holding's EBITDA

Alibaba Group Holding's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $154.2 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Alibaba Group Holding's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Alibaba Group Holding financials

Revenue TTM $769.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.75%
Gross profit TTM $297.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.29%
Return on equity TTM 13.76%
Profit margin 19.25%
Book value $358.74
Market capitalisation $455.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Alibaba Group Holding shares

There are currently 71.1 million Alibaba Group Holding shares held short by investors – that's known as Alibaba Group Holding's "short interest". This figure is 44.3% up from 49.3 million last month.

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

Alibaba Group Holding's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Alibaba Group Holding's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Alibaba Group Holding shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Alibaba Group Holding shares traded daily (recently around 23.2 million). Alibaba Group Holding's SIR currently stands at 3.07. In other words for every 100,000 Alibaba Group Holding shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3070 shares are currently held short.

However Alibaba Group Holding's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Alibaba Group Holding shares, or, against the total number of tradable Alibaba Group Holding shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Alibaba Group Holding's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Alibaba Group Holding shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0367% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Alibaba Group Holding shares, roughly 37 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 Group Holding.

Alibaba Group Holding'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 Group Holding.

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

Alibaba Group Holding'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 Group Holding's overall score of 28.21 (as at 12/31/2018) 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 Group Holding 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.).

Alibaba Group Holding's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.34/100

Alibaba Group Holding'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 Group Holding is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Alibaba Group Holding's social score

Social score: 15.2/100

Alibaba Group Holding'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 Group Holding is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Alibaba Group Holding's governance score

Governance score: 10.67/100

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

Alibaba Group Holding's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Alibaba Group Holding share dividends

We're not expecting Alibaba Group Holding to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Alibaba Group Holding share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Alibaba Group Holding's shares have ranged in value from as little as $138.43 up to $319.32. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BABA.US volatility(beta: 0.84)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 Group Holding's is 0.8392. This would suggest that Alibaba Group Holding's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Alibaba Group Holding overview

Alibaba Group Holding Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides technology infrastructure and marketing reach to merchants, brands, retailers, and other businesses to engage with their users and customers 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 social commerce platform; Tmall, a third-party online and mobile commerce platform for brands and retailers; Alimama, a monetization platform; 1688. com and Alibaba. com, which are online wholesale marketplaces; AliExpress, a retail marketplace; Lazada, Trendyol, and Daraz that are e-commerce platforms; and Tmall Global and Kaola, which are import e-commerce platforms. It also operates Lingshoutong that connects FMCG manufacturers and their distributors to small retailers; Cainiao Network logistic services platform; Ele. me, an on-demand delivery and local services platform; Koubei, a restaurant and local services guide platform; and Fliggy, an online travel platform.

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