Traders bought shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) on weakness during trading on Friday. $680.52 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $558.27 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $122.25 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Alibaba Group had the 13th highest net in-flow for the day. Alibaba Group traded down ($2.77) for the day and closed at $153.06

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Barclays lowered their price objective on Alibaba Group from $230.00 to $225.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, August 27th. Robert W. Baird lowered their price objective on Alibaba Group from $220.00 to $215.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, August 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price objective on Alibaba Group from $230.00 to $215.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, August 24th. Raymond James lowered their price objective on Alibaba Group from $300.00 to $280.00 and set a “strong-buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group lowered their price objective on Alibaba Group to $225.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, August 24th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-six have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Alibaba Group presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $214.05.

The stock has a market capitalization of $405.53 billion, a P/E ratio of 37.98, a P/E/G ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 2.37. The company has a quick ratio of 1.42, a current ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26.

Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA) last issued its earnings results on Friday, November 2nd. The specialty retailer reported $1.01 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.82 by $0.19. The company had revenue of $12.40 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $12.51 billion. Alibaba Group had a return on equity of 12.99% and a net margin of 19.33%. The business’s revenue was up 49.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.29 EPS. On average, research analysts expect that Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will post 3.48 earnings per share for the current year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of BABA. Burleson & Company LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Alibaba Group by 138.8% in the 3rd quarter. Burleson & Company LLC now owns 51,393 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $7,685,000 after purchasing an additional 29,875 shares during the last quarter. Clearbridge Investments LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Alibaba Group by 1,017.1% in the 3rd quarter. Clearbridge Investments LLC now owns 1,863,228 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $306,985,000 after purchasing an additional 1,696,430 shares during the last quarter. GFS Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Alibaba Group by 99.8% in the 3rd quarter. GFS Advisors LLC now owns 3,796 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $625,000 after purchasing an additional 1,896 shares during the last quarter. Carnegie Capital Asset Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Alibaba Group by 26.0% in the 3rd quarter. Carnegie Capital Asset Management LLC now owns 1,938 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $298,000 after purchasing an additional 400 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Diversified Trust Co lifted its holdings in shares of Alibaba Group by 8.0% in the 3rd quarter. Diversified Trust Co now owns 28,997 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $4,778,000 after purchasing an additional 2,160 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 38.68% of the company’s stock.

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Alibaba Group Company Profile (NYSE:BABA)

Alibaba Group Holding Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online and mobile commerce company in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Core Commerce, Cloud Computing, Digital Media and Entertainment, and Innovation Initiatives and Others.

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