In Depth: The Alibaba IPO

Alibaba to price within existing range: Sources

An employee walks past the Alibaba logo during a media tour organized by government officials at the company’s headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
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Alibaba will price within its existing range of $66 to $68 a share, CNBC has learned from sources familiar with the situation.

Advisors have recommended a price of $68 a share, which Chinese consider a lucky number. Ultimately, Alibaba will choose the final price, which will depend on a board meeting on Thursday.

O'Leary anticipates successful Alibaba IPO
O'Leary anticipates successful Alibaba IPO

The company's management is playing a "hands-on" role in allocating shares.

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—By Staff with reporting from CNBC's Kayla Tausche