SQ - Square, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.03 (-0.04%)
At close: 4:01PM EST
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Previous Close75.67
Bid0.00 x 900
Ask0.00 x 1200
Day's Range75.10 - 76.85
52 Week Range43.72 - 101.15
Avg. Volume16,609,414
Market Cap31.277B
Beta (3Y Monthly)3.47
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.07
Earnings DateFeb 27, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est78.39
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New market opportunities abound. And while I'm not predicting that any will rise 100,000% -- or 1,000% -- these five stocks do have the potential for impressive long-term gains.Source: Chris Harrison via Flickr (Modified) Square (SQ)Admittedly, I personally am not the biggest fan of Square (NYSE:SQ) stock. I like Square as a company, but I continue to question just how much growth is priced into SQ already.Of course, skeptics like myself have done little to dent the steady rise in AMZN stock. And valuation aside, there's a clear case for Square to follow an Amazon-like expansion of its business. Back in January, Instinet analyst Dan Dolev compared Square to Amazon and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG), citing its ability to expand from its current payment-processing base:"In 10 years, Square is likely to be a very different company helped by accelerating share gains from payment peers and relentless disruption of services like payroll and human resources."Just as Amazon used books to expand into ecommerce, and then ecommerce to expand into other areas, Square can do the same with its payment business. The small business space is ripe for disruption, as Dolev points out. Integrating payments into payroll, HR, and other offerings would dramatically expand Square's addressable market - and lead to a potential decade or more of exceptional growth.Again, I do question whether that growth is priced in, with SQ trading at well over 90x forward earnings. But if (again, like AMZN) Square stock can combine a high multiple with consistent, impressive, expansion, it has the path to create substantial value for shareholders over the next five to 10 years.Source: Daniel Cukier via Flickr JD.com (JD)In China, JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) is the company closest to following Amazon's model. While rival Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) gets most of the attention, it's JD.com that truly should be called the Amazon of China.Like Amazon (and unlike Alibaba), JD.com holds inventory and is investing in a cutting-edge supply chain. It, too, is expanding into brick-and-mortar grocery, like Amazon did with its acquisition of Whole Foods Market. A partnership with Walmart (NYSE:WMT) should further help its off-line ambitions. JD.com is even cautiously entering the finance industry.At the moment, however, JD stock is going in the exact opposite direction of AMZN. 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And it, too, has a hefty valuation, along with a continuing bear raid from short-seller Citron Research.But I've remained bullish on the SHOP story, even though valuation is a question mark. Shopify is dominant in its market of offering turnkey ecommerce services to small businesses. That's exactly where consumer preferences are headed: small and unique over large and bland. And because of offerings like Shopify (and Amazon Web Services), those small to mid-sized businesses can compete with the giants.Meanwhile, Shopify does have the potential to expand its reach. Just 29% of revenue comes from overseas, a proportion that should grow over time. 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    Square (NYSE:SQ) has outperformed the stock market and most other names since tech stocks' Christmas Eve lows. Square stock is up more than 40% from its lows and is now consolidating nicely near $70 per share.Square is far from perfect, though. The stock is much more volatile than the broader market and is susceptible to large moves in both directions. With the market teetering on a potential pullback ( it has risen some 15% from its December lows and is rapidly moving towards its 200-day moving average), Square stock could either be a pillar of strength or a weak link in the chain. Source: Chris Harrison via Flickr (Modified)If investors eliminate their emotions and rely on unbiased logic, they have a chance to profit from SQ stock. So let's look at the charts a bit before diving into a wider overview of Square stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Next 10 Months Trading Square StockSQ is holding up relatively well, particularly with the overall markets under some pressure after a big, multi-week rally. So far, SQ stock is staying above its 200-day moving average, which is near $69. This appears to be a rather key level when it comes to Square stock. The 200-day was resistance about a month ago, but once Square pushed through the 200-day, this level became support.Furthermore, short-term, uptrend support (depicted by the blue line on the chart above) comes into play around $69 as well and follows the 200-day moving average pretty closely. On a slightly deeper pullback, the risk/reward of Square stock would be solid for bulls.For bulls who are already long, a close below this area gives them a way to reduce their risk. If Square stock temporarily breaks below $69 and recovers in the same day, I would be much more likely to consider taking a long position in Square stock. That scenario would signify that the support of Square stock temporarily gave way, and that bulls responded by buying the shares with enough force to get them back over the key level of $69.So what happens if SQ falls below $69? If that happens, $65 is on the table. That's about the level where trend support (depicted by the black line) and the 50-day moving average come into play. If $69 holds, becoming support, look to see if Square stock moves over $72 to $72.50. That area is both short-term, downtrend resistance and the 100-day-moving average. If Square stock climbs above $72.50, it could retest its recent highs near $78.Know your levels and let the price action guide your actions. Don't fight what the stock price is doing. The Bottom Line on SQ StockSquare is not cheap and never really has been. However, investors counter the valuation argument with a few observations.Their first contention is that Square could be a takeover target for banks and/or payment processing companies. Perhaps the recent massive deal between SunTrust Banks (NYSE:STI) and BB&T (NYSE:BBT)will kick M&A in the financial sector into high gear.Presently, Square stock is valued at just under $30 billion. It's also got a surprisingly resilient balance sheet. SQ has total assets of almost $4 billion versus total liabilities of $2.8 billion, while the company has less than $1 billion of total debt.SQ is not on the list of stocks with the strongest balance sheets, but I was surprised that Square wasn't more leveraged. The fact that SQ has positive cash flow also makes Square stock more attractive.The bulls' other argument is the company's growth. Square will report its earnings at the end of February, and analysts expect the company to report strong, full-year growth. On average, analysts expect its sales to surge 60% to $1.58 billion and predict that its earnings will balloon 70% to 46 cents per share.As mentioned earlier, the valuation of SQ stock is high; the shares are trading at 156 times this year's consensus earnings estimate. But it's not easy to find companies that are growing as quickly as Square. In 2019, the average estimate calls for a further 43% expansion in sales to $2.25 billion and projects that its earnings will grow 52% to 70 cents per share.SQ stock is still expensive, as it's far more costly than its peers like PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), Visa (NYSE:V) and MasterCard (NYSE:MA). But growth investors won't mind its high valuation as long as its management continues to deliver.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long V. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Fundamentally Sound Dividend Stocks to Buy * 5 Reasons Reeling FAANG Stocks Won't Deliver Big Returns * 3 Reasons Canopy Growth Could Burn You Compare Brokers The post How to Trade Square Stock Right Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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