It's Time to Trade Yahoo! Now Ahead of Alibaba IPO

YHOO EBAY AMZN DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- The IPO market is about to get hit with a big name that could make a real splash on Wall Street.

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China-based e-commerce player Alibaba has been rumored to disclose its prospectus for an IPO in New York as soon as April. Alibaba is often called the eBay (EBAY) or (AMZN) of China. Some analysts think Alibaba could raise as much as $15 billion to $16 billion when it hits the public market, valuing the company at more than $100 billion.

Alibaba runs an Amazon-like online shopping mall, an eBay-like platform for customers to buy from other people, a business-to-business sales platform and a PayPal-like online payment platform. Alibaba is one of the world's largest e-commerce players, and it's been rumored the company does more than $150 billion worth of sales on its online platform each year, which is more than Amazon and eBay combined. The fever for Alibaba is so high that some analysts think it could the largest IPO ever for a technology company in the U.S.

Clearly, shares of Alibaba will quickly become a favorite play of the trading and investing community once it hits the U.S. exchanges. However, since we don't know the exact IPO date for Alibaba yet, traders need to find other derivative plays to capture some of the run-up momentum to the official offering date. One stock that looks to be setting up for an excellent Alibaba IPO play that could reap big rewards over the short-term is global technology player Yahoo! (YHOO).

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