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August 18, 2014
06:38 EDTBABAIrregularities at subsidiary may raise questions about Alibaba, NY Times says
After the disclosure of accounting irregularities at Alibaba's Alibaba Pictures Group, investors may question the quality of Alibaba's due diligence process, The New York Times stated Friday afternoon. Besides its acquisition of a 60% stake in Alibaba Pictures, Alibaba has made at least six major deals recently, the newspaper reported. The irregularities at Alibaba Pictures date to before the purchase of the company in June, AP reported Friday. Reference Link
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September 29, 2015
05:18 EDTBABAAlibaba and Ant Financial enter into strategic investment in India's Paytm
Alibaba, Ant Financial Services Group and One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm, announced an agreement under which Alibaba and Ant Financial have agreed to make a strategic investment in Paytm. Ant Financial made its initial investment in Paytm in February 2015 while Alibaba will become a new investor in Paytm after the completion of the transaction. The capital infusion will allow Paytm to achieve scale and develop its vibrant mobile commerce and payment ecosystem in India and invest in marketing, technology and talent. Investing in Paytm will enhance the ability of Alibaba and Ant Financial to tap opportunities in India's fast-growing mobile e-commerce marketplace and digital finance industry.
September 28, 2015
17:25 EDTBABAYahoo board authorizes company to continue to pursue Aabaco spin-off plan
On September 8, Yahoo! (YHOO) filed a Current Report on Form 8-K disclosing, among other things, that the Internal Revenue Service had notified Yahoo's counsel that it had determined, in the exercise of its discretion and without ruling adversely, not to grant Yahoo's request for a private letter ruling regarding certain aspects of its previously announced plan for a spin-off to Yahoo's stockholders of all of the stock of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company, which will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) and Aabaco Small Business,. Yahoo further disclosed in the September 8 Form 8-K that work was proceeding on the Aabaco spin-off plan, and that Yahoo's Board of Directors would continue to carefully consider the Company's options, including proceeding with the spin-off transaction on the basis of an opinion of counsel. On September 14, the IRS issued a formal "no-rule" policy with respect to certain transactions similar to the Aabaco spin-off and, in a notice released on the same day, indicated that the IRS and U.S. Department of the Treasury are studying the possibility of promulgating new guidance with respect to such transactions in the future. Neither this ongoing guidance project nor the IRS's decision not to rule with respect to the Aabaco spin-off transaction changes the current law applicable to the proposed spin-off. In addition, on September 19, an IRS official indicated in a public statement that any future guidance issued as part of the project would not apply retroactively to transactions completed prior to the issuance of such guidance. On September 23, Yahoo's Board of Directors authorized the Company to continue to pursue the plan for the Aabaco spin-off transaction as previously disclosed, except that completion of the spin-off will not be conditioned upon receipt of a favorable ruling from the IRS. The spin-off transaction will continue to be subject to certain other conditions, including final approval by Yahoo's Board of Directors, receipt of a legal opinion with respect to the tax-free treatment of the transaction under U.S. federal tax laws and regulations, the effectiveness of an applicable registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and compliance with the requirements under the Investment Company Act of 1940, and other customary conditions, each of which conditions may be waived, in whole or in part , by Yahoo in its sole discretion.Completion of the transaction is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2015, subject to the conditions described above.
09:06 EDTBABACiti sees 'few if any' roadblocks for Yahoo's Alibaba spin
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September 25, 2015
11:07 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; BABA YHOO
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September 24, 2015
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; September 24, 2015
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12:36 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility increases as trend lower
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11:17 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; BABA DOW
Alibaba (BABA) December 70 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 40, Dow Chemical (DOW) December 47 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 51 according to iVolatility.
September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTBABAChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:53 EDTBABAAlibaba defends 'huge' e-commerce metrics, Fortune says
Following a Barron's article questioning Alibaba's e-commerce metrics, company spokesperson Bob Christie told Fortune Magazine that "you just can't compare" U.S. and Chinese marketplaces. The spokesperson offered additional color seeking to justify Alibaba's growth numbers, saying China has 668M internet users, which is more than double the entire U.S. population. Additionally, the company registered 367M active users in 2014 who purchased more than one package per week on average, explained the spokesperson. Reference Link
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
15:27 EDTBABAAlibaba unveils low-priced, payments-focused smartwatch, VentureBeat reports
Alibaba (BABA) has unveiled Pay Watch, a smartwatch to be priced at $160 and lower that supports mobile payments through the company's Alipay platform, said VentureBeat, which notes that there is still no official English-language announcement on the device. Some health features are also being advertised and comparisons to Apple's (AAPL) Watch "seem inevitable," though "certainly not on price," the blog added. Reference Link
11:36 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; BABA TSLA
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10:44 EDTBABAChinese Internet stock pullback a buying opportunity, CLSA says
Shares of multiple Chinese Internet companies are down again in morning trading amid more weak economic data from the Asian nation. However, research firm CLSA released a note making favorable comments and evaluations of several of the country's largest Internet players amid the economic slowdown. LITTLE IMPACT FROM SLOWDOWN: After 25 Chinese Internet and telecom companies attended CLSA's Investors' Forum, analyst Elinor Leung stated that Internet companies in China reported that they have been little affected by growing weakness in the nation's economy. Leung said that such companies have attributed their successful performance to a high savings rate, which increases consumer spending power, as well as gains in offline market share. Additionally, companies already listed may benefit from a weak A-share market in China, since smaller companies do not have access to financing and the slow market speeds up consolidation, Leung noted. RATINGS CHANGES: CLSA upgraded online travel service provider Ctrip (CTRP) to Buy from Outperform and maintained an $85 price target on its shares, while also raising its rating on Baidu (BIDU) two notches, to Buy from Underperform. Leung, who lowered Baidu's price target to $180 from $225, said the firm's top sector picks in the country are (JD), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Ctrip. The analyst added that Tencent and Ctrip shares are the "most defensive" stocks, while JD and Alibaba could rebound even more after sentiment improves. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Last Thursday, TechInAsia reported that Baidu chief executive officer Robin Li said that the company was weighing the idea of delisting from the Nasdaq (NDAQ) and re-listing on the A-shares market in China. TechInAsia later added that a spokesperson from the Chinese internet giant "downplayed" the potential move, saying that Li's comments referred to an "unlikely hypothetical situation" in which U.S. investors don't recognize the importance of the online-to-offline market. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Baidu shares fell 1.4% to $134.21, Ctrip shares were flat near $66.64, shares slid 2% to $25.04 and Alibaba shares declined 2% to $60.69.
09:18 EDTBABAPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
07:50 EDTBABA, upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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September 21, 2015
14:40 EDTBABAiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 90c to 23.79
Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW TSLA
12:07 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; BABA BMY
Alibaba (BABA) January 75 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 34, Bristol-Myers (BMY) December 72.50 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 30 according to iVolatility.
10:42 EDTBABAAnalyst says IRS statement removes some risk for Yahoo
An IRS official said that the agency's recent direction on the tax treatment of transactions like Yahoo's (YHOO) planned spinoff of its stake in Alibaba (BABA) "is not a description of future guidance," reported FBR Capital analyst William Bird, who views the comments as incrementally positive for the U.S. tech company. BACKGROUND: On September 8, Yahoo reported that the IRS refused to take a position on whether Yahoo could carry out a tax-free spinoff of its huge stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. On September 15, the agency, without mentioning Yahoo or Alibaba by name, stated that "certain distributions" about which the agency had received inquiries may not meet requirements for tax-advantaged treatment. WHAT'S NEW: IRS Associate Chief Counsel Robert Wellen said on Friday that the agency's statement "is not a description of future guidance," FBR's Bird wrote in a note to investors today. The IRS hasn't made any decision about the guidance it could issue regarding spinoffs, Bird quoted Wellen as saying. The agency does not want to make a judgment on Yahoo's proposed spinoff while it is still studying the rules, Wellen explained, according to Bird. Wellen's statement appears to be positive for Yahoo, as it at least removes the possibility that Yahoo's transaction will be subject to potentially more restrictive upcoming rules, according to Bird. However, the analyst believes that the outlook for the tax treatment of Yahoo's spinoff remains uncertain. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A lockup on about 1.58B shares of Alibaba's stock expired on Saturday, meaning that the holders of the shares are able to sell them for the first time today. However, Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma and vice chairman Joseph Tsai hold 269M of the shares whose lockup expired, and Tsai has said that they have no intention of selling significant amounts of their shares following the lockup expiration. Yahoo has another 384M of the Alibaba shares whose lockup expired. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo rose 2.6% to $31.54 and Alibaba slipped 1.6% to $64.66.
08:19 EDTBABAFriday's IRS comments remove one Yahoo risk, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst William Bird views comments from the Internal Revenue Service on Friday at the ABA meeting as incrementally positive for Yahoo (YHOO). Robert Wellen, IRS Associate Chief Counsel, said Friday that his agency's recent notice "is not a description of future guidance" and that "nothing in this notice affects an immediate retroactive date." The analyst believes the comments take one Yahoo risk off the table, namely the retroactive treatment of potential new rules. However, anything shy of a definitive tax ruling on Yahoo's planned spinoff of its Alibaba (BABA) holdings falls short of fully resolving tax uncertainties, Bird tells investors in a research note. No timeline was given for how long the IRS plans to study the spinoff questions under tax code Section 355, analyst points out. He keeps an Outperform rating on Yahoo. The stock is up 23c to $30.97 in pre-market trading. Alibaba, which has 63% percent of its outstanding shares come off lockup today, is up 77c to $65.19 in trading before the opening bell.
07:01 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility elevated into lockup for 63% of shares ended
Alibaba September weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, January is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 52 suggesting large near term price movement into lockup for 63% of shares ended Saturday.
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