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An upgrade to Buy from Goldman's Piyush Mubayi helps Sina (SINA +2.6%) open higher. Mubayi...

An upgrade to Buy from Goldman's Piyush Mubayi helps Sina (SINA +2.6%) open higher. Mubayi expects the Alibaba deal to "enable Alibaba to direct [e-commerce] demand to Weibo," thereby improving monetization. Talking more broadly about the Chinese Web services space, he declares Alibaba, Baidu (BIDU), and Tencent (TCEHY.PK) to be in a 3-way leadership battle that "will likely shape the industry landscape over the next 5-10 years." Other recent deals (I, II) also seem to bear that out. Will Baidu make a deal or two to strengthen its social networking hand in this battle? (Jefferies Sina upgrade)
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