I am bullish on Alibaba (BABA). The stock has sunk 32.3% over the past six months, presenting a good opportunity for buy-the-dip investors.
Alibaba is a leading B2B and B2C e-commerce company. The global e-commerce industry’s market size this year is $4.9 trillion, and is expected to reach $7.4 trillion in 2025.
Alibaba is currently trading at a 51% “discount” from its 52-week high of $319.32, suggesting that this could be a good time to go long on the stock. (See Alibaba’s stock charts on TipRanks).
BABA Is Undervalued
Alibaba deserves a spot in your long-term growth-at-reasonable-price, or GARP, portfolio. This stock’s forward P/E ratio is only 13.7x.
GARP investors should exploit this asymmetrical bias against Alibaba.
China Headwind is Temporary
Investors are overreacting to Alibaba’s regulatory problems as co-founder Jack Ma will eventually be forgiven by President Xi Jinping.
BABA’s Stochastic Oscillator score is 49.7. This technical indicator is hinting that investors are undecided, or on the sitting-on-the-fence mode.
Alibaba is Very Profitable
Based on the chart below, BABA deserves more love from investors. Its EBITDA margin is 20%, gross margin is 40%, and net income margin is 19.25%. Alibaba has better profitability stats than Amazon.
(Source: Motek Moyen)
The growing profitability of Alibaba is why it has a Piotroski F Score of 7. This categorizes it as a strong value stock.
Wall Street’s Take
Wall Street analysts consider Alibaba a Strong Buy, based on 22 Buys, one Hold, and one Sell. The average BABA price target is $269.18, implying 73.5% upside potential.
Hyper-growth attributes, and growing profitability make Alibaba a very attractive investment.
This company’s undervaluation relative to its peers is an opportunity warrants attention.
Disclosure: At the time of publication, Motek Moyen did not have a position in any of the securities mentioned in this article.
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