UPDATE 1-Alibaba steps up China online finance network push with new index, bank

April 9, 2015 7:57 AM

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* Ant keen to monetise more data and fin products with 3rd parties (Recasts, adds Ant bank launch in June)

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, April 9 (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and its finance affiliate accelerated a drive to be a full-fledged Chinese online financial network, with the launch on Thursday of an e-commerce tracking stock index and plans for a June start of an internet bank.

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