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What’s Behind the 12% Drop in Alibaba Stock in 2023 Analyzing the 12% Decline in Alibaba Stock Performance in 2023

Alibaba (NYSE: BABA), the Chinese e-commerce giant, encountered
ongoing struggles in 2023, as the anticipated recovery in the Chinese economy failed to materialize. The company
grappled with the continued loss of market share to PDD Holdings, and its plan to spin off non-core
businesses was setback by new U.S. chip export restrictions. The unfavorable performance culminated in a 12% decline
in the company’s stock, according to data from S&P
Global Market Intelligence
.

The stock displayed robust early momentum before relinquishing those gains and slumping throughout the remainder
of the year, as illustrated in the chart below.

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The Downward Struggles of Alibaba

Alibaba’s stock initially surged at the beginning of 2023 with prevailing beliefs that the year would mark a resurgence
in Chinese stocks following the relaxation of the zero-COVID policy by the Chinese
government.

Additionally, investors appeared optimistic that Beijing’s crackdown on the tech sector had waned, and Goldman
Sachs
even released a note predicting brighter times ahead for the Chinese tech giant.

However, the stock began to recede in anticipation of its February earnings report and continued to decline despite
a brief upswing upon reporting a mere 2% revenue growth for the December quarter. Notably, the company managed to
augment its earnings per share by 14% to $2.79 in the same quarter by effectively managing costs and driving efficiencies.

At the close of March, the stock regained ground following a proposal to disassemble the company into six businesses,
with the e-commerce division incorporating Tmall and Taobao remaining under Alibaba’s full ownership.

The stock relinquished these gains and remained volatile into the second quarter, as a surge following the release
of its March quarter earnings in May proved transitory.

Concerns about constraints on U.S. chip exports also seemed to bear down on the stock, as shares dwindled through
the majority of the third quarter.

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In November, the stock nosedived as the company announced the termination of the planned spinoff of its cloud computing
business due to the impact of U.S. export restriction rules, which cast uncertainties over the future of Cloud
Intelligence Group. It was also stated that the anticipated spinoff would no longer create value for shareholders.

Alibaba letters standing in a field.

Image source: Getty Images.

Future Prospects for Alibaba

Alibaba stock has continued to decline in 2024, suggesting a challenging road to recovery. The Chinese economy’s persistent
weakness and the company’s diminishing market share to Pinduoduo and Temu-parent PDD Holdings, which has amassed
consumers through a deal-oriented model, are key contributing factors.

Yet, there is indeed a silver lining as Alibaba’s revenue growth appears to be showing signs of improvement. Nonetheless,
following several years of unexpected hurdles for the company, investors are seeking reassurance that it can achieve
enduring growth, free from external influences.

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