Editor's note: The headline of this story was changed to reflect the degree to which any Yahoo!-Alibaba deal was threatened by China-U.S. politics. Alibaba CEO Jack Ma did not say that a potential deal for Yahoo! could be "halted" but rather that it had faced "political issues."NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Despite Yahoo!'s ( YHOO) best attempt to drive up interest in a deal for itself, a deal in which Alibaba Group buys all of Yahoo! will never happen. When the news broke Wednesday of another bid for the Internet company", Yahoo! shares ticked higher after hours. A consortium of companies, including Alibaba, private-equity firms Blackstone ( BX) and Bain Capital, and Japanese firm Softbank have talked about doing a joint deal for Yahoo! in the range of $20 a share. The supposed deal would value Yahoo! at $25 billion.
|More suitors for Yahoo! are appearing by the day.|