Earnings Outlook: Alibaba earnings: Singles Day was a hit, but logistics and cloud will also be in focus

While other retailers were getting ready for the holiday-shopping rush, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. was already celebrating its own holiday success from Singles Day, a massive November shopping event that dwarfs Black Friday.

Momentum from Singles Day is expected to provide a big lift to Alibaba BABA, -1.65% sales when the company reports December quarter earnings on Feb. 1. Investors already know that Alibaba broke its own record during the 11/11 event, thanks to updates on a company live blog. There, the e-commerce powerhouse said its gross merchandise volume for the day exceeded $25 billion, up 39% from a year earlier.

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