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Alibaba IPO becomes world’s largest ever

Alibaba Holding Group’s IPO officially became the world’s largest ever on Monday.

Underwriters who helped make the Chinese e-commerce network a public company exercised an option to sell off some extra shares, bringing the total haul from the IPO to $25.03 billion, from $21.8 billion.

The sum surpasses the $22.1 billion raised by Agricultural Bank of China when it listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2010.

The additional sell-off pumps up the windfall for Alibaba founder Jack Ma and nudges Yahoo’s haul past $6 billion after taxes.

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About 48 million extra shares were sold at the $68 price offered to large investors before the listing debut, Alibaba said in a statement. When shares started publicly trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, the price leaped 38%.

On Monday, Alibaba shares were down 4.26% to $89.89 as the broader S&P 500 Index slumped about 0.8%.

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