Alibaba Group Holding Ltd: 12 BABA Q4 Earnings Highlights

Alibaba Group Holding Limited Technicals Suggest a Bullish Divergence

Alibaba's operating margin for the quarter was 15 per cent, down from 25 per cent a year earlier.

"We are seeing significant traction and diversification of customers and revenue, and will continue to invest to further expand the market by developing value-added products and features", Alibaba said in the earnings report.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) is expected to post revenue of $80.03 Billion in the current quarter, according to consensus of 15 analysts. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. now owns 4,086 shares of the specialty retailer's stock valued at $705,000 after acquiring an additional 290 shares during the period. Zacks' sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for Alibaba Group.

Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. They expect $0.71 EPS, up 82.05% or $0.32 from last year's $0.39 per share. The company has reported a massive 61 percent increase in revenues on a year-over-year basis, and there's two big catalysts that drove the impressive rise. The Return on Investment and Return on Equity (ROE) values are 22.3 percent and -56.4 percent, respectively. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.30 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Alibaba Group will post 3.99 EPS for the current year.

A number of research firms have issued reports on BABA. Citigroup maintained it with "Buy" rating and $33 target in Tuesday, April 19 report. On Friday, August 12 the stock rating was upgraded by Raymond James to "Strong Buy". Bank of America reissued a "buy" rating and issued a $220.00 target price on shares of Alibaba Group in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Oppenheimer reiterated a "buy" rating and issued a $220.00 price target on shares of Alibaba Group in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th.

In total 16 analysts cover Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA). On Tuesday, April 10 KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the shares of BABA in report with "Overweight" rating. The company has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average target price of $213.26.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited is maintained at an average outperform rating by 46 stock analysts, and there are at least 15.85% of shares outstanding that are now legally short sold. The stock increased 3.95% or $7.2 during the last trading session, reaching $189.65. The stock has a market capitalization of $464,721.41, a P/E ratio of 72.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 2.52.

Alibaba has seen its stock price soar 55.6% over the previous year as its popularity in China grows. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. grew its position in Alibaba Group by 7.6% during the fourth quarter. WIM Asset Management HK Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of Alibaba Group during the fourth quarter worth $55,367,000. Indus Capital Partners Llc has cut its stake in Baidu Inc (NASDAQ:BIDU) and also reduced its holding in World Accep Corp Del (NASDAQ:WRLD) by 70,657 shares in the quarter, for a total of 211,315 shares. Whereas its latest closing price kept its distance from the SMA20 at 1.99% and -2.53% from SMA 50 while it was Bullish 0.64% from the simple moving average price of 200 days. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Alibaba Group by 2.6% during the 4th quarter.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online and mobile commerce firm in the People's Republic of China and internationally.The company has $466.23 billion market cap.

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