Few Indicators Flashing Warning Signs for Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA)

Let’s reassess the active stocks with an eye toward BABA stock. Just how should we respond to Thursday’s drubbing? Is the mighty fruit now destined to decay? Or is this a mere bruising and nothing more? On 10 January, shares of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) closed lower after a volatile session. The shares dropped -0.23 points or -0.15 percent at $151.69 with a light trade volume of 14.195 million shares. After opening the session at $149.81, the shares went as high as $152.03 and as low as $148.88, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $385 billion and now has 2.54 billion shares outstanding. Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) stock has gained 0.17 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

BABA stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 2.25, offering the possibility of a higher rate of return, but also posing more risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $3.35 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has surged 10.67 percent year to date (YTD) against a decline of -20.5 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -28.35 percent away from its 1-year high of $211.70 and 16.89 percent up from 52-week low of $129.77. The average consensus rating on the company is 1.7, on a scale where 5 equates to a unanimous sell rating. In short, the mean analyst recommendations are calling this stock a buy.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) will probably climb 33.49 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $260price as 12-month high target. This represents a whopping 71.4 percent increase from where shares are trading today. The 12-month median price target assigned by the analysts stands at $200, which represents a return potential of 31.85 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $151.69 on Thursday, January 10. The lowest price target for the stock is $123 — slightly more than -18.91 percent from BABA’s current share price.

History has shown that shares in Alibaba Group Holding Limited have gone up on 9 different earnings reaction days and are predicted to add 0.03 percent when the company reports upcoming earnings. Investors will get their next glimpse of BABA’s Q3 earnings on February 04. Analysts are forecasting revenue to climb 47.4 percent to $17.6B in the fiscal third quarter, while earnings are seen soaring by nearly 9.15 percent to $1.67 per share. It earned $1.4 per share, better than the $1.08, adjusted, expected by Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. Revenue was $85.1B, worse than the $86.5B analysts expected. Earnings are estimated to increase by 44.4 percent this year, 29.49 percent next year and continue to increase by 3.7 percent annually for the next 5 years.

The stock is currently hovering around the first support level of $149.7. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $147.72. Till the time, the BABA stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear. On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 59.49 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for concern. If the price breaks below $147.72 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $152.85 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $154.02 level.

Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) are trading at a P/E ratio of 47.23 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry BABA operates in has an average P/E of 25.67. Its P/E ratio went as low as 18.27X and as high as 53.42 over the 5-year span.Further, it is sporting a 8.5 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 5.62. 49.2 percent is the gross profit margin for Alibaba Group Holding Limited and operating margin sits at 18.2 percent. Along with this, the net profit margin is 19.4 percent.