What's Going On With Alibaba Stock Thursday?

Zinger Key Points
  • Jack Ma shows support for Alibaba's restructuring; stresses on AI importance amid PDD Holdings competition.
  • Alibaba Cloud slashes prices in cloud service wars, offering up to 59% discounts internationally.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited BABA stock continued to gain on Wednesday’s report, citing co-founder Jack Ma expressing solidarity with the company’s restructuring under the leadership of Chairman Joseph Tsai and CEO Eddie Wu.

Ma, in a very positive tone, urged the employees to keep up with artificial intelligence technology, pivotal in the changing e-commerce landscape as Alibaba battled intense competition with PDD Holdings Inc PDD, the Nikkei Asia reports.

The 59-year-old Ma helmed Alibaba for nearly two decades as Chair until 2019. He disappeared from the public eye after Chinese regulators quashed his ambitious initial public offering of Ant Group in November 2020. 

Also Read: Alibaba’s Live Streaming Strategy Sparks SME Interest, Highlights Cloud Market Competition in China

Ma was often spotted traveling abroad, studying agriculture, and teaching as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Alibaba Cloud remains engaged in a price war with its domestic competitors but is doling out discounts of up to 59% for its cloud services for international clients ranging from the U.S. to Singapore. 

The company also shared plans to improve discounts and commission rates for its resellers and extend the availability of its artificial intelligence computing platform, PAI-Lingjun, to Singapore. 

Tsai held the U.S. technology sanctions on China responsible for the latter lagging in the AI development race.

Alibaba stock plunged over 25% in the last 12 months. Investors can gain exposure to the stock via Invesco Golden Dragon China ETF PGJ and Tidal Trust II CoreValues Alpha Greater China Growth ETF CGRO.

Price Action: BABA shares traded higher by 0.78% at $75.17 premarket on the last check Thursday.

Also Read: Alibaba’s Bold Actions – $4.8B Stock Repurchase and Revolutionary One-Hour Global Delivery Plan

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