China has their own Google, even their own internet. So, Alibaba figured they should have their own holiday too. They dubbed it Single’s Day, a festive occasion to celebrate yourself by buying nice things … for yourself. In Chinese, the direct translation for Single’s Day is ‘bare sticks’. It refers to unmarried men who in China are sometimes described as ‘bare branches’ because they’re not adding any branches to the family tree.
Yep, we’re talking about real-estate investment trusts (REITs). These companies own shopping centers, apartment buildings and warehouses… things that many clients would shrug at rather than trade. They were so dull that no one even thought to give them their own sector until a few years ago.
Alibaba has barely been
trading at the NYSE for five years. The company had its IPO on 18th September 2014, and by close of trade, Alibaba had raised US$25 billion. It’s still the world’s highest IPO valuation to date. The next morning, when Alibaba officially started its run in the NYSE, the company was valued at US$231 billion, a figure it has doubled in half a decade. It holds position 9 in the list of the Top 10 global companies by brand value.