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How to buy Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Alibaba Group Holding shares.

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Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) is a leading internet retail business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$190.58 after a previous close of USD$197.54. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$190.49 to a high of USD$196.045. The latest price was USD$195.19 (25 minute delay). Alibaba Group Holding is listed on the NYSE and employs 251,462 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Alibaba Group Holding from South Africa

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Alibaba Group Holding Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BABA. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Alibaba Group Holding reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$219.02, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Alibaba Group Holding, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Alibaba Group Holding. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

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How has coronavirus impacted Alibaba Group Holding's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$219.02, which is 2.94% up on its pre-crash value of USD$212.59 and 28.87% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$169.95.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Alibaba Group Holding shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$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 USD$1,027.20.

Alibaba Group Holding stock price (NYSE:BABA)

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Alibaba Group Holding shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-30.
OpenUSD$190.58
HighUSD$196.045
LowUSD$190.49
CloseUSD$195.19
Previous closeUSD$197.54
Change USD$-2.35
Change % -1.1896%
Volume 16,996,982
Information last updated 2021-07-28.
52-week rangeUSD$179.67 - USD$319.32
50-day moving average USD$212.2097
200-day moving average USD$230.4242
Wall St. target priceUSD$292.21
PE ratio 23.2377
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$8.435

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

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Alibaba Group Holding price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $195.19

1 week (2021-07-20) N/A
1 month (2021-07-01) -12.03%
3 months (2021-04-30) -15.48%
6 months (2021-01-27) N/A
1 year (2020-07-27) N/A
2 years (2019-07-27) N/A
3 years (2018-07-27) N/A
5 years (2016-07-27) N/A

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 23x. In other words, Alibaba Group Holding shares trade at around 23x 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 1.8992. 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 USD$128.5 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 USD$717.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 12.5%
Gross profit TTM USD$296.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.73%
Return on equity TTM 14.73%
Profit margin 20.99%
Book value $345.611
Market capitalisation USD$548.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Alibaba Group Holding shares

There are currently 47.6 million Alibaba Group Holding shares held short by investors – that's known as Alibaba Group Holding's "short interest". This figure is 1.8% up from 46.7 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 15.3 million). Alibaba Group Holding's SIR currently stands at 3.1. In other words for every 100,000 Alibaba Group Holding shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3100 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 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Alibaba Group Holding shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0254% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Alibaba Group Holding shares, roughly 25 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.

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