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Why Alibaba Stock Ticked Lower Today

Why Alibaba Stock Ticked Lower Today

Shares of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) dipped in morning trading on the NYSE Tuesday and remain down 2.4% as of 12:45 p.m. ET on news that the company's cloud computing business is laying off workers. Bloomberg broke the story today, reporting that Alibaba will lay off 7% of the employees at its cloud computing division before spinning this division off and IPO'ing it. Alibaba Cloud is the company's second-biggest division by revenues (after e-commerce, of course), but after strong growth for years, its sales declined 5% last year -- and Cloud still isn't profitable for Alibaba.