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Just because Americans don’t know a lot about it doesn't mean that Alibaba isn’t a big deal. It’s an interesting company that was formed by an interesting individual. They are a huge e-commerce company somewhat like a Groupon/ebay hybrid that runs the 3 largest e-commerce sites in China, which is one of the largest and fastest growing markets in the world. Last year, Alibaba’s sales increased by 55% to over $8 billion, with profits up 132% to just over $4 billion. Those are significant numbers for any company. Plus, because the Chinese market is not fully developed, there is huge growth potential for the company.