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What Is Going On With These Surging Tech Stocks?

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In the intraday trading on Friday, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY), JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) are gaining ground on the back of various reasons. Let’s take a closer look at the news surrounding each of these tech stocks.

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is up by 4.8% after the Chinese Central bank cut one-year lending deposit rates by 0.25 percentage points to 4.35% from 4.6% and trimmed the reserve ratio requirement by 0.5% on Friday to further stimulate growth. The easing should boost China’s GDP and increase Alibaba’s EPS growth as a result. Helping Alibaba’s stock is also an improving sentiment. The Shanghai index is no longer falling and investors are no longer fleeing China-based companies. This means Alibaba is worth more from the relative valuation perspective.

As previously written, we feel Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is a great long term holding. It has 300 million loyal customers, a wide moat protected by network effects, and substantial exposure to one of the world’s fastest growing economies (in the long run). At a forward P/E of 21.27, its stock is relatively cheap.

Many hedge funds hold shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA). A total of 85 investors among those we track reported stakes with a total value of $4.77 billion as of the end of the second quarter, representing 2.30% of the company’s float. That compares to 86 funds with $5.8 billion worth of Alibaba shares a quarter earlier. Rob Citrone‘s Discovery Capital Management owns 6.52 million shares of Alibaba, while Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global is long 6.04 million shares.

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In other news, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) rallied by 3% after the company had reported third quarter earnings of $0.17 per share on revenues of $470.06 million, beating earnings estimates by $0.01 per share but missing revenue expectations by $9.21 million. Guidance is a bit light, with management expecting fourth quarter revenue of $430 – $460 million and earnings per share of $0.11 – $0.15, slightly below the Street’s estimates of $478.7 million and $0.16, respectively. Shares are also in green because Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) announced a new $450 million stock buyback program that could reduce the float by around 13% at current prices. Management is also ahead of schedule in its 3-year plan to realize $160 million in annual synergies from the Spansion acquisition. There has been a huge wave of M&A in the semiconductor industry, and further accretive mergers are not out of the question. George Soros‘ Soros Fund management owns 15.87 million shares of Cypress as of the end of June.

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In the next page, we examine why and Yahoo are advancing today.

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