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Is Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) Stock A Buy For 2017?

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) Ltd could be set for a period of rapid growth ahead and could be a safe long-term bet.

– Alicloud is expected to deliver outstanding growth over the next 3 years.

– Alibaba’s push to leverage its two streaming platforms via content partnerships will boost earnings.

– Alibaba continues to effectively monetize its growing user base.

The push into the cloud services market has proved a revelation for a number of companies such as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) etc. as the global public cloud services market is expected to be worth nearly $300+ billion over the next few years.

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So it comes as no surprise that Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is making huge strides to expand its cloud offering beyond China after reporting rapid growth in cloud computing during its Q3 earnings report. Here’s why BABA stock may be set for rapid growth ahead.

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), made its first foray into the Japanese cloud market early this month via a joint venture with Softbank. This move shows that the company is firmly on track to deliver on its promise to launch four new data centers in Japan, Germany, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Alibaba Takes A Page Out Of Amazon’s Playbook

This move is a directly out of Jeff Bezos’ Amazon playbook: Initially, Amazon was a solely an e-commerce platform, prior to making the move into content and cloud services, which has spurred unprecedented growth for Amazon. Amazon Web Services, outpacing its rivals is the clear market leader. While a similar level of success is not guaranteed for Alibaba, the push beyond its e-commerce marketplace business into media and cloud hosting is a massive boon for investors.

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Despite the robust performance of the e-commerce platform, which generated a record $1 billion in less than 5 minutes on Black Friday, Jack Ma, realizes the need to be proactive and diversify the company’s revenue streams. He recently revealed his desire to turn Alibaba into a one-stop-shop to service the needs of both businesses and consumers.

Alicloud, Alibaba’s cloud services, is predicted to mimic a similar growth pattern as Amazon Web Services (AWS) during its ‘teething stage’. Many expect Alicloud to break-even during 2017 and continue to generate momentum, hitting the $3 billion sales figure in 2019.

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