Alibaba IPO Date: August 8?

Rumors have been flying that the Alibaba IPO date could be set for Aug. 8, 2014, yet no official announcement has been made.

Alibaba IPO date

The Alibaba IPO was filed on May 6. Based on the typical timing for IPOs, the first week in August seems most likely for the Alibaba IPO.

Once the IPO was filed, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began reviewing the company's F-1 documents. At the time, sources close to the deal told CNBC that Alibaba expected to hear back from the SEC around June 7.

The date Aug. 8 has been pegged in particular because of the importance of the number eight in Chinese culture.

In Chinese, the number eight can be pronounced as "ba," which sounds similar to "fa," the Chinese word for prosperity. Therefore, the number eight carries a reputation of good fortune in China, similar to the "lucky number seven" in American culture.

Likewise, the repetition of the "ba" in "Alibaba" has led many to believe 8/8 will be the official date for the highly anticipated IPO.

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A Bloomberg report citing unnamed sources said that Alibaba's co-founders Jack Ma and Joe Tsai both view the date as "auspicious." The same report indicated that company officials would like "BABA" as the company's ticker symbol.

Neither Ma nor Tsai have confirmed the tentative date, and while Aug. 8 has been predicted by many, it's far from certain. Any delay in the process could push the Alibaba IPO date back in August. Because of the size of the IPO, a delay would not be surprising.

Some estimates place the Alibaba IPO price over $20 billion, which would make it the largest IPO in U.S. history. In its filing, the company reported profits of $3.2 billion on $6.5 billion in revenue for the first nine months of the current fiscal year.

While the company hasn't actively promoted an IPO date, the company has been busy making some interesting acquisitions...

Alibaba's Surprising New Purchase

This week, the company made an unexpected move when it acquired a 50% stake in the Chinese soccer team Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club for $192 million.

The move is the latest in Alibaba's continued acquisition spree, which has seen the company spend billions of dollars on logistics, retail, commerce, and media companies.

While buying into a soccer team surprised some, the move is not out of character for Jack Ma. In fact, Ma had little experience with e-commerce before he launched one of the world's most successful e-commerce companies.

"I think not understanding soccer doesn't matter. I also didn't understand retail, e-commerce, or the Internet, but that didn't stop me from doing it anyway," Ma said.

Investors can continue to check back here at Money Morning for updates on the Alibaba IPO date, and in the meantime, it's likely that the company will continue its shopping spree. What's less certain is what industries Ma and Alibaba will buy into.

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