Is Alibaba's $162.7B valuation 'too conservative'?

Alibaba Group, the Hangzhou, China-based Internet retailer behind what could be the biggest initial public offering for a technology firm in the United States, is seeking a valuation of up to $162.7 billion and could raise as much as $21.1 billion.

To one stock market observer, though, Alibaba's valuation is "too conservative."

Alibaba could seek a valuation of between $238 and $240 billion, putting its stock at roughly $100 a share, Henry Guo, a senior research analyst at JG Capital, told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Monday.

Workers at a handbag factory completing orders to be sold through the Chinese internet e-commerce site Taobao a division of Alibaba.
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Workers at a handbag factory completing orders to be sold through the Chinese internet e-commerce site Taobao a division of Alibaba.

To make his case, Guo cited Alibaba's massive market share in Chinese e-commerce, not to mention its growth potential in China and international markets, and recent investments in emerging growth drivers, such as mobile and entertainment.

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It seems Guo is not alone in his bullishness on Alibaba either.

"This is a very dominant franchise. We think this is one of the best growth opportunities in the marketplace today," Channing Smith, a managing director at Capital Advisors, told "Squawk on the Street" on Monday.

Smith sees Alibaba fetching a valuation of around $220 billion, amounting to roughly $90 a share, citing expectations for the company to grow earnings and revenue "in the 30 percent range" for the next few years.

"Anything under $90, we think, is probably a buying opportunity," Smith said. "Once you get above $90 I think you have to be patient and wait."

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Of course, not everyone is itching to get in on Alibaba's IPO.

"I doubt that we'll do very much," Larry Haverty, a portfolio manager at Gabelli Funds, told "Squawk on the Street" on Monday. "Our organization is largely a value investor, and we don't really like to participate in this kind of a frenzy."

—By CNBC's Drew Sandholm.