Key Insights Ahead of Alibaba’s Q2 Earnings Announcement

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Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) is gearing up to disclose its second-quarter fiscal 2024 results on Nov 16, with analysts closely watching several key indicators.

For the fiscal second quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues stands at $31.01 billion, indicating a 6.5% increase from the reported figure in the year-ago fiscal quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is set at $2.11 per share, reflecting a growth of 15.9% compared to the prior-year fiscal quarter. Despite a 2.3% decline in the past 30 days, these estimates suggest positive trends.

Earnings have consistently outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the last four quarters, with an average surprise of 18.2%.

Factors Influencing Performance

Alibaba’s robust momentum in both China and international commerce retail businesses is expected to have positively impacted Taobao and Tmall Group, as well as the International Digital Commerce Group.

The growth in online physical goods Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) at Taobao and Tmall, coupled with increased merchant spending on advertisements, likely contributed to the strength of the Chinese commerce retail business. Notably, the consumer electronics category is anticipated to have performed well.

The success of the Trendyol e-commerce business is expected to boost the International commerce retail division, supported by the resilience of Lazada and AliExpress.

In addition to e-commerce, strong performance in domestic consumer logistics services and international fulfillment solution services is likely to have benefited the Cainiao Smart Logistics Network segment.

The Digital Media and Entertainment Group may have experienced a positive fiscal second quarter, driven by solid online entertainment and improving offline entertainment businesses.

The cloud segment is anticipated to maintain its robust performance, with strength observed among customers in the financial services, education, electric power, and automobile industries.

However, Alibaba faces challenges due to increasing macroeconomic pressures in China, which might have affected its prospects in the fiscal second quarter. Investors will closely watch for insights into how the company navigates these challenges and sustains its growth trajectory.

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