It's one thing to read about the Chinese e-commerce and media business in Wall Street research notes, but entirely something else to study the business on your own. And boy, has Wall Street been bullish on Alibaba's prospects.
Take Needham's Kerry Rice, for example, who chimed in following Alibaba's incredibly bullish two-day investor conference last week: "Big data was a key theme. With +500M annual active consumers on Alibaba's platforms consuming content and conducting transactions, the company is able to garner significant intelligence about customers. Leveraging these data insights, Alibaba can ehnance the consumer experience by providing products, services, and content that are personalized to each consumers' preferences. Ultimately, management expects the higher consumer engagement to drive traffic growth and raise conversion, compelling merchants and brands to allocate more of their marketing spend to Alibaba's platforms."
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Preach, Kerry. Having studied Alibaba for a group project (more on that later this week...), it sure looks like Alibaba is being underestimated by Wall Street. It sounds crazy, given the strong price targets out there. But, the reality is that most stock analysts lack the deep understanding of what Alibaba Group Holding is trying to do -- and what it has going on beneath the surface. Think game-changing things. In turn, they are very likely to see their forecasts prove too conservative.
Hat tip, Jack Ma.
Alibaba was up 0.1% to $136.68 at Wednesday's close.
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On Friday June 9, shares of Nvidia were off to another big rally, hitting new all-time highs of $168.50 following an analyst pontificating that the stock could surge to $300. But the party abruptly ended Friday afternoon and continued into most of Monday's trading session. The reversal in one of the hottest tech stocks around spooked the market, pressuring shares of other high-flyers in the space such as Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) and Apple (AAPL - Get Report) .
Apple and innovation: The reality is that the public and would-be buyers of Apple's stock harbor greater doubts about Apple's ability to innovate than in many years, reports TheStreet. Apple Inc did nothing to quiet those concerns by introducing its new voice-activated speaker, sources explained to TheStreet.
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