Should I buy Alibaba shares in December 2021?

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) shares have weakened from $165 to $131.22 since the beginning of November 2021, and the current price stands at $136. Alibaba reported weaker than expected second-quarter results last week and revised the fiscal year 2022 revenue guidance.

Investigation against Alibaba

Alibaba reported weaker than expected first-quarter results last week; total revenue has increased by 29.4% Y/Y to RMB200.69 billion, which was less than expected, while the GAAP EPS was RMB1.27.

Company’s revenue is largely driven by its two main core e-commerce marketplace – Taobao and Tmall. Taobao ended the second fiscal quarter with 190 million users, and it is important to say that the number of live streamers on the platform has grown by more than 600% since 2019.

Revenue from the commerce segment has increased by 31%, while revenue of international commerce business and cloud computing distributed robust growth of 34% and 33%. Maggie Wu, CFO of Alibaba, added:

We will continue to invest in our e-commerce businesses that create value for consumers and merchants, and keep our market leadership position, and then for the competitive strength in the longer term.

Alibaba reduced its guidance for the 2022 fiscal year and reported that it expects revenue to grow 20% to 23% compared with the previous year. Alibaba is facing tough competition across its business segments, but the company is in a good position to grow its business.

Alibaba continues to dominate the Chinese e-commerce market even though the company still faces regulator investigation issues, and the company’s shares remain under pressure.

Chinese regulators announced this Monday an investigation against Alibaba over for not properly disclosing acquisitions, some of which dated back to 2012.

Despite this, Charlie Munger’s Daily Journal Corporation has increased its position in Alibaba since July. Charlie Munger is a popular investor and partner of Warren Buffet in Berkshire Hathaway.

According to the 13-F filing for the third quarter, Daily Journal Corporation purchased 136,740 Alibaba shares bringing its total to 302,060 shares.

Alibaba is currently trading at a forward P/E ratio of 16, and with the market capitalization of $370 billion, shares of this company have attractive valuation.

Bears in control of Alibaba

Alibaba shares have weakened from their record highs above $319 registered in October 2020, and the current share price stands at $136.

Data source: tradingview.com

Alibaba shares remain under pressure, and if the price falls below $120 support, it would be a strong “sell” signal.

On the other side, if the price jumps above $160 resistance, it would signal trading shares, and the next target could be at $180 or even above.

Summary

Alibaba shares have weakened from their record highs above $319 registered in October 2020, and the current share price stands at $136. Alibaba is currently trading at a forward P/E ratio of 16, and with the market capitalization of $370 billion, shares of this company have attractive valuation.

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