The stock price of Alibaba increased 6% to $266.85 per share at the time of this writing around 3:30 p.m.in NY.
His reappearance in a mundane setting such as the teachers' awards speech - instead of a groveling public apology - could suggest that Ma's relations with Beijing are on the mend.
Speculations over Ma's unusual absence were rife in the wake of news this month that the Alibaba founder was replaced as a judge in a reality TV show.
Jack Ma participated in a live-streamed video conference on Wednesday.
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After months of speculation about his whereabouts, China's richest man, Jack Ma, has resurfaced in a short online video praising China's teachers. The Shanghai Stock Exchange (which is run via a nonprofit controlled by the Chinese government) told CNN in a statement at the time the IPO was postponed due to "major issues" which meant Ant Group did not "meet the listing conditions or disclosure requirements", and the Chinese Foreign Ministry characterised it as a matter of "self-regulation".
That would imply a gain of about 15% in the Hong Kong-listed shares from their close on Wednesday. The executive had kept out of public view since early November, when Chinese regulators torpedoed Ant's $35 billion IPO, tightened fintech regulations, then ordered an overhaul of Ant and launched a separate antitrust probe into Alibaba - all in a span of days. Alibaba and the government haven't responded to questions about him.
Ma, a ruling party member, stepped down as Alibaba chairman in 2019 but is a member of the Alibaba Partnership, a 36-member group with the right to nominate a majority of the company's board of directors.
"Recently, my colleagues and I have been studying and thinking".
Ant Group has long had an uneasy relationship with China's traditional financial system, with its popular mobile payments service taking business from state-owned banks. "A path acceptable to all parties may have been identified, but Ant Group still looks likely to be dis-aggregated and regulatory restrictions will nearly surely take a significant bite out of Ant's former valuation".
Ma's re-emergence may help quell persistent rumors about his fate while Beijing pursues investigations into online finance titan Ant Group and Alibaba Group Holding.