Alibaba surges after beating on earnings and boosting its outlook for the year

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Alibaba surges after beating on earnings and boosting its outlook for the year

FILE PHOTO: A sign of Alibaba Group is seen during the third annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song

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Alibaba on Thursday reported fiscal-second-quarter earnings that were better than analysts had expected, and raised its revenue outlook for the year.

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China's largest ecommerce company reported adjusted earnings per share of 8.57 yuan, topping the forecast for 6.86 yuan according to Bloomberg.

Revenue totaled 55.12 yuan, more than the expectation for 52.05 yuan.

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The company projected full-year revenue growth of 49%-53%, up from its earlier estimate of 45%-49%. It expects to gain from the acquisition of its logistics arm Cainiao.

"We are seeing the early results from our efforts to integrate online and offline with our new retail strategy, and consumers have benefited from access to high quality products, improved customer experience and the tremendous convenience of shopping anytime, anywhere," said Daniel Zhang, Alibaba's CEO, in a statement.

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Alibaba shares gained as much as 4% premarket. They surged 111% this year through the market close on Wednesday.

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