Portfolio Update: New Addition (BABA; February 23, 2015)

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Ok, I think it’s safe to say that Wall Street isn’t a fan of Alibaba (BABA) right now. It doesn’t seem like many investors want to touch this stock either, but for some reason or another, I keep finding myself drawn in to buy more shares.

You can call me an idiot if you’d like (and perhaps that’s justified), but this stock simply looks too compelling at current valuations to ignore.

Earlier this morning, I purchased 112 shares of BABA for $85.70/share. I now own 400 shares of BABA.

It’s very possible that I’m making the big mistake of “catching a falling knife”, but I prefer to look at things from a slightly different angle. For starters, today’s transaction reduced my cost basis from $99.34/share to $95.53/share… Prior to the two purchases I made in BABA this month, my cost basis was $105/share.

In the short-term, it’s generally no fun to see a stock you own dropping in price day after day, week after week, but in this case, I more than welcome it! I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to reduce my cost basis by another ~$4/share, while in the process accumulating a much larger position. 🙂

I’m nothing more than a retail investor, but I’ve been investing long enough to now be able to easily block out any negative emotions… It’s all a part of the game.

For those who remember, Facebook (FB) was a similar growth story that experienced huge hype prior to its IPO in 2012. The stock closed at $38.23 on May 18, 2012. From that point on, the stock proceed to go downhill, and one year later, it closed at $25.76 on May 20, 2013. If you were an investor from the start, talk about carrying around some dead weight!

Today, FB stock is doing much better and has doubled in value from that initial IPO price.

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It’s not certain by any means that BABA stock will experience the same gains as FB… but I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest to see similar (if not better) results. I think the key will be to remain patient, and let the market carry on… Stocks fall into and out of favor all the time, that’s just how the markets operate.

Here are some key BABA stats from Morningstar:

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Morningstar Key Stats

Well, I think it’s pretty straight-forward when it comes to analyzing BABA — It’s all about the growth!!!

Since I now own 400 shares in BABA, I’m at a comfortable position moving forward. If there are any more dips, I’ll most likely add another 100 shares or so… Aside from that, I’m going to ignore the noise and focus my attention on other stocks now.

As I recently shared with readers, I would like to build a portfolio comprised of about 22 holdings, spread out across various industries. Lately, I’ve been very focused on BABA because I feel that the stock is undervalued and presents a good entry point for investors. If the growth story holds, today’s price will look like a bargain many years from now.

Anyway, it’s about time for me to move on to other stocks… Gilead Sciences (GILD) is on my radar next.

Happy Investing!

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5 years ago

Ive beenin and out from baba a lil bit and at these levels its a bargain. I might sell some puts to get in on some action hopefully at a cheaper price or for some premiums

No Nonsense Landlord
5 years ago

When you are chasing momentum stocks, they need momentum. I would be selling covered calls on your shares. There are far too many other stock candidates to chase for a quick $2 and on to the next.

I was a stock chaser too. It may work out, but odds are not as good as the S&P ion the long run.

The market has been up many days, yet BABA was down those same days. That is a bad sign.

5 years ago

I have been reading your blog for a while now.. it seems to me that you have gotten a little reckless.. I agree with the general sentiment expressed above.. you would do far better and with less risk in an index fund regardless of the fact that you already have an index fund. or at the very least buy a low cost actively managed fund. with your job instability and low net worth for 4% rule you should tread carefully.

5 years ago

I am way too much of a value investor to be into Baba. I think that type of mindset has really held me back on some great growth stories though….

5 years ago
Reply to  FI Fighter

But sometimes I feel like I am the crazy one – all you have to do is look at the chart on $AMZN

A Frugal Family's Journey

Wow…nice large infusion of capital into that investment portfolio! Although I am much more conservative with my investment style, I must say the potential reward sometimes tempt me to move outside of my comfort level.

Good luck with your purchase…hope it proves to be an success to the Facebook story. AFFJ

5 years ago

I’ve been thinking of this one for a little while now, I still think I’m going to wait about a month to see what happens with the lock up period ending on a lot of share holders. For some reason I don’t think it will impact things much but to me it would give me a little more piece of mind before I jump in. Who knows, I may end up waiting until after a rebound and then I’ll be kicking myself. Right now there’s a lot of pain in this stock (which can be a good sign to buy),… Read more »

Lyndon @ Walsh Taylor
5 years ago

I think Alibaba is a safe investment. They just put serious money into Meizu, a chinese smartphone maker of some serious promise. That’s going to be a great business for them

5 years ago

I no longer believe in BABA, so I sold my shares. If buying stocks, I will stick to dividend stocks and then trading options obviously.