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In one of its most prescient -- or luckiest -- acquisitions, Yahoo paid $1 billion for a 40% stake in Alibaba in 2005.

That stake is now worth about $40 billion, and Yahoo decided to spin it off into a separate company following Alibaba's (BABA) monster IPO. That spinoff is now equal to Yahoo's total market valuation.

First published July 25, 2016: 9:18 AM ET

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