Five reasons you should care about Alibaba's IPO

The Chinese e-commerce giant's filing for IPO in the US is set to strengthen its already formidable presence even further.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has filed for a $US1 billion listing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission overnight, setting it up for one of the biggest IPOs in history. At a time when tech stocks are coming under pressure, can Jack Ma's internet behemoth get things going again?

Here are some facts and figures about the online retail monolith that illustrate exactly why its Wall Street debut is such a big deal.

1. Alibaba dwarfs eBay and Amazon...

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