SQ - Square, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
71.14
+1.85 (+2.67%)
At close: 4:03PM EST
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Previous Close69.29
Open70.63
Bid71.01 x 1300
Ask71.29 x 900
Day's Range70.02 - 71.92
52 Week Range54.41 - 83.20
Volume10,560,453
Avg. Volume6,887,814
Market Cap30.568B
Beta (5Y Monthly)3.29
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.10
Earnings DateFeb 24, 2020 - Mar 01, 2020
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est74.89
  • Square Options Sizzle After Bull Note
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    Square Options Sizzle After Bull Note

    Credit Suisse is all-in on Square stock

  • PayPal (PYPL) to Report Q4 Earnings: What's in the Offing?
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    PayPal (PYPL) to Report Q4 Earnings: What's in the Offing?

    PayPal's (PYPL) fourth-quarter 2019 results are likely to reflect gains from portfolio strength.

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    Benzinga Pro's Top 5 Stocks To Watch For Fri., Jan. 24, 2020: SWKS, TEAM, KTOV, BYND, SQ

    Benzinga Pro's Stocks To Watch For Friday Skyworks (SWKS) - The company reported a Q1 earnings beat and gave stronger-than-expected guidance Thursday afternoon. An item which weighed on the stock more ...

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    Will Mastercard (MA) Q4 Earnings Gain From Higher Spending?

    Mastercard's (MA) Q4 earnings are likely to have benefited from higher switched transactions, increase in cross-border volume and gross dollar volume, and gains from acquisitions.

  • Square (SQ) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Square (SQ) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

    Square (SQ) closed at $69.29 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.87% move from the prior day.

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    100 Thieves Opens Esports Training Compound, Gives Naming Rights To Cash App

    Esports company 100 Thieves, a project of the rapper Drake and former professional "Call of Duty" player Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, has opened a training compound and headquarters in Los Angeles in hopes of gaining an advantage in competitive esports. The company rolled out video Wednesday of its new 100 Thieves Cash App Compound, a 15,000-square foot facility where its major teams can train, though the space has actually been in use for about a month. According to The Verge, it's the largest esports facility in the country. How Is Square (NYSE: SQ) Involved?

  • 100 Thieves opens largest esports team facility in U.S.
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    100 Thieves opens largest esports team facility in U.S.

    The 100 Thieves Cash App Compound comprises 15,000 square feet with spaces for esports training, video game livestream broadcasting, content production and more.

  • Intel's new look: Andy Bryant steps down as board chair
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    Intel's new look: Andy Bryant steps down as board chair

    For the first time in seven years, chip giant Intel Corp. has a new chairman of the board after Andy Bryant announced his departure last spring. At its Jan. 15 meeting, the board elected lead independent director Omar Ishrak chairman. Ishrak is the chairman and CEO of medical technology company Medtronic.

  • Sunnyvale analytics unicorn checks another pre-IPO box by hiring Square, PayPal vet as CFO
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    Sunnyvale analytics unicorn checks another pre-IPO box by hiring Square, PayPal vet as CFO

    The appointment comes about six months after ThoughtSpot nearly doubled its valuation to $1.95 billion in a $248 million funding. It also hit an annual run rate last year of about $100 million, another customary prerequisite to a tech IPO.

  • What's in Store for Synchrony Financial (SYF) Q4 Earnings?
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    What's in Store for Synchrony Financial (SYF) Q4 Earnings?

    Synchrony Financial's (SYF) fourth-quarter results are likely to reflect lower revenue generation.

  • American Express (AXP) to Post Q4 Earnings: What's in Store?
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    American Express (AXP) to Post Q4 Earnings: What's in Store?

    American Express' (AXP) Q4 earnings are likely to have benefited from strong billings growth and accretive effect of share buyback partly offset by increase in card service costs.

  • Can Card Sales Aid Discover Financial's (DFS) Q4 Earnings?
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    Can Card Sales Aid Discover Financial's (DFS) Q4 Earnings?

    Discover Financial's (DFS) fourth-quarter results are likely to reflect solid gains from card sales, which in turn, might have boosted its top line.

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    ‘Eyebrow lamination’ sales have surged 2,500% in six months, new data show

    The quest for model-like eyebrows has hit the masses as more beauty fiends opt for “eyebrow lamination.”

  • Yes, Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk does have an idea about how to fix Twitter
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    Yes, Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk does have an idea about how to fix Twitter

    Musk (TSLA)has more than 30 million followers on Twitter, where he has stirred plenty of controversy of his own over the past few years. Dorsey spoke to Musk via a video call from a company meeting in Houston with Twitter employees watching.

  • Square (SQ) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Square (SQ) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

    Square (SQ) closed at $69.53 in the latest trading session, marking a -1.18% move from the prior day.

  • 5 Growth Stocks to Buy for 2020
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    5 Growth Stocks to Buy for 2020

    When the U.S. launched a missile strike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, people around the world freaked out, claiming that this was the beginning of World War III. Investors freaked out, too, and markets around the globe tumbled the day after the missile strike.But my reaction to the missile strike was completely the opposite -- I saw it as a big plus for the U.S. stock market, and an even bigger plus for growth stocks.No matter which way you slice it, higher interest rates are the number one enemy of the stock market and the economy. Long story short, after a decade of next-to-zero interest rates, the market and economy have become addicted to and heavily dependent upon those low interest rates. A hike in interest rates would put tremendous pressure on companies' heavily-levered balance sheets and stocks' aggressively extended valuations. But, so long as interest rates remain low and a cataclysmic Black Swan event doesn't emerge, the economy and stocks will continue to push higher.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFrom this perspective, the U.S. missile strike on Iran is exactly what the stock market needed to head higher in 2020. This event sustains the Goldilocks global economy which propelled stocks way higher in 2019. That is, it creates enough worry to keep investors on their toes and keep interest rates depressed. But it doesn't create enough worry to meaningfully slow economic activity globally. * The Top 15 Stocks to Buy in 2020 That's a great combination which means that growth stocks -- which are big winners in low rate environments -- will head doubly higher. With that in mind, let's take a look at five growth stocks to buy as the Goldilocks economy persists. The Trade Desk (TTD)Source: Shutterstock/ Bella Melo Programmatic advertising leader The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD) has been one of the best-performing growth stocks in recent memory. Over the past three years, TTD stock is up more than 900%, as the company has become a bigger and more important player in the global digital ad landscape.Long story short, programmatic advertising has turned into the future of digital advertising. As opposed to leveraging humans and guess-and-check processes to run ad campaigns, advertisers around the world are increasingly automating ad transaction processes using data and algorithms. This programmatic advertising pivot will persist in 2020, as automation tech gains more traction and digital ad spending trends remain strong.As it does, The Trade Desk -- which is widely considered the world's best and most robust demand-side programmatic ad platform -- will continue to attract more clients and grow ad spend per client. Revenue growth trends will remain robust. Profit margins will improve with scale as the company relies more on ad spend per client growth, and less on marketing spend. Profits will continue to roar higher.At this point, it seems like the only thing that can stop TTD stock is valuation friction. Indeed, up at almost 75-times forward earnings, TTD stock does seem richly valued.But low interest rates support this extended valuation. So long as interest rates remain low and the company maintains growth momentum, TTD stock will push higher. Both of those things will happen in 2020. As such, the big multi-year rally in TTD stock won't end this year. Beyond Meat (BYND)Source: calimedia / Shutterstock.com During the first half of 2019, plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) was one of the market's best performing growth stocks. During the second half, it was one of the market's worst performing growth stocks. In 2020, BYND stock appears well positioned to regain the winning streak it had during the first half of 2019.As Bill Gates once said, people tend to overestimate what can be accomplished in a year, and underestimate what can be accomplished in a decade. Beyond Meat is a living illustration of this. In 2019, everyone expected Beyond Meat and the plant-based meat trend to take over the world right away. Investors overestimated how much the company could accomplish in a year. The stock price reflected this, and as the company delivered numbers that were below expectations, the stock collapsed.Now, on the heels of this stock price collapse, investors are underestimating how much the company can accomplish over the next decade. During that stretch, plant-based meat will become the norm, thanks to health, cost, and resource conservation advantages. Beyond Meat will maintain its status as "the brand name" in the plant-based space. The company will turn into a global meats giant worth tens of billions of dollars. * 7 Stocks That Are Screaming Buys Right Now The Beyond Meat stock price today does not reflect this reality. Consequently, the company will deliver numbers in 2020 and beyond that exceed expectations. As it does, the stock will rebound from this big sell-off, especially against the back-drop of low interest rates. Square (SQ)Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com The 2020 bull thesis on payments processor Square (NYSE:SQ) boils down to four components.First, Square is a growth stock with a growth valuation. Interest rates project to remain low in 2020, and therefore project to remain supportive of growth stocks and growth valuations. Sustained low rates will consequently provide support for SQ stock over the next few months.Second, Square's adjusted revenue growth rates will stabilize and potentially even improve in 2020, thanks to rebounding economic activity, which should lead to upped consumer spending and heavier spend through the Square ecosystem. At the same time, new product launches like Cash App will continue to gain meaningful traction in this healthy consumer spending environment, providing more lift to Square's adjusted revenue growth rates. That's important, because when Square's adjusted revenue growth trajectory is improving, SQ stock tends to do very well.Third, Square's profit margins will continue to improve because the company's higher-margin services businesses will become bigger revenue contributors in 2020, thereby putting upward pressure on gross margins. Sustained big revenue growth should also drive bigger positive operating leverage.Fourth, at 72-times forward earnings for 30%-plus revenue growth and even bigger profit growth, SQ stock is one of the more attractively valued growth stocks in the market. Thus, favorable fundamental developments coupled with low rates have the potential to push SQ stock meaningfully higher from today's relatively depressed base. Canopy Growth (CGC)Source: Shutterstock Pot stocks had a rough go in 2019. Pot stock poster child Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) was no exception. Shares presently trade more than 60% off their early 2019 highs. But the whole cannabis sector -- led by CGC -- could stage a big rebound in 2020.The rebound thesis on CGC stock is fairly straightforward. All the things that went wrong for Canopy Growth in 2019 will go right in 2020. Falling revenue growth rates will turn into rising revenue growth rates, as demand trends in Canada stabilize thanks to the introduction of vapes and edibles products into the legal market, as well as more aggressive retail store expansion.Compressing margins will turn into expanding margins, as black market pricing pressures ease with improving demand trends and as the pace of production capacity expansion slows. Snail-like progress on the U.S. legislation front will pick up speed in 2020 as the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act makes its way through Washington.Canopy's 2019 headwinds will turn into 2020 tailwinds. Those 2020 tailwinds will converge on what has become a hugely depressed CGC stock with a record low valuation, to spark a big rebound in shares. * 10 2019 Winners That Will Be 2020 Losers Of course, low interest rates won't hurt, either. Canopy Growth -- like all pot stocks -- is still richly valued relative to the rest of the market. Low interest rates will help provide support for this extended valuation, especially as the growth narrative regains momentum. Snap (SNAP)Source: Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com Digital ad stocks are positioned to have a strong 2020, because the strength of ad market is closely tied to the strength of the overall economy (i.e. when the economy is firing on all cylinders, companies are more comfortable spending big on advertising). As such, the likes of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG), Pinterest (NYSE:PINS), and others will move higher in 2020.One digital ad stock which could out-perform peers in a big way in 2020 is Snap (NYSE:SNAP). Snap has been untouched by political ad scandals. By contrast, Facebook and Alphabet are feeling huge pressure to more strictly censor and even ban political ads in 2020. That means these companies are operating with their hands tied behind their backs. Snap isn't. That puts the company in a strong position to win a ton of political ad dollars this year.Second, Snap's newest product innovation, Cameos, looks very similar to the face swap filter of early 2019. That face swap filter was a big driver behind the platform's impressive user growth in early 2019, which drove huge gains in SNAP stock. The same thing could happen in early 2020. Cameos could power above-consensus user growth, which could spark another leg higher in SNAP stock.Third, Snap's profit margin profile will continue to meaningfully improve in 2020 as gross margins move higher alongside more favorable ad demand trends, and as sustained big revenue growth drives positive operating leverage.Connecting all the dots, it seems clear that Snap stock will regain its early 2019 momentum in early 2020, and sustain that momentum for most of the year.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long TTD, BYND, SQ, CGC, FB, and PINS. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 15 Stocks to Buy in 2020 * The 7 Most Important Companies That Didn't Survive the 2010s * 4 Mega-Tech Stocks Reaching for the Sky The post 5 Growth Stocks to Buy for 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Stock Market Higher Despite Weak Jobs Report; Stocks To Watch Include Costco, StoneCo And Square
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    Stock Market Higher Despite Weak Jobs Report; Stocks To Watch Include Costco, StoneCo And Square

    The major stock indexes were modestly higher despite a weaker-than-expected December jobs report. Square received another upgrade Friday.

  • 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Square, American Airlines, and Kinder Morgan
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    3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Square, American Airlines, and Kinder Morgan

    It suddenly looks like U.S. stocks are back on track. Tensions in the Middle East have eased and U.S. stocks -- again -- have reached new highs.Source: Shutterstock Short of a stunning disappointment in Friday's jobs report, there seems little that can slow this market down. That would be particularly good news for Friday's three big stock charts. * 8 of the Strangest Stocks Worth Your Time All three stocks have a reasonable amount of correlation to macroeconomic and market sentiment. All three big stock charts show real potential for a significant near-term move. With a little bit of external help, those moves could go in the right direction.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Square (SQ)Source: Provided by Finviz Right now, Square (NYSE:SQ) looks like it's at the beginning of a breakout. The one big concern with the first of Friday's big stock charts is that we have been here before: * There's a lot to like here technically. Shares have bounced off support at a key level that presented resistance just a couple of months ago. A nice gain Thursday cleared the 200-day moving average. Continued strength could drive a bullish "golden cross" in which the 50-day moving average reverts above that 200-day average. To top it all off, SQ stock exited a triangle pattern and held that gain on Thursday. * But there are concerns. Technically, again, we've been here before. SQ looked set for a breakout in November before fading at the 200DMA. A summer rally was undercut by a disappointing second quarter earnings report. The chart looks positive, but there's still the chance of a reversal. * Fundamentally, the news looks more mixed, as highlighted by a Wall Street upgrade this week. SQ stock isn't cheap at over 60x forward earnings. And competition from the likes of PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) is a concern. On the other hand, there simply aren't any cheap growth stocks left in this market -- and initial guidance for organic revenue growth over 30% in 2020 suggests Square is managing its competitive environment just fine. Square stock has been left out of the market rally for months now, but there's a case that underperformance simply can't last forever. American Airlines (AAL)Source: Provided by Finviz The same could be said of American Airlines (NYSE:AAL). The economy is growing. Global demand for air travel should continue to rise. The airline industry in the U.S. has stopped its destructive pattern of pricing wars. Yet AAL stock remains one of the market's cheapest stocks, and the second of Friday's big stock charts doesn't yet look bullish: * There's a lot to unpack here technically, but it does seem a bit too early to call for a breakout. There has been a decent uptrend from August lows, but a triangle pattern here suggests the market still hasn't made up its mind. With moving averages still potential resistance, there's a chance of a reversal back toward October or even late August lows. * Fundamentally, the case seems more positive. Again, AAL stock is one of the market's most inexpensive names. A 5.3x forward price-to-earnings multiple is the 3rd-lowest in the S&P 500. Among components on that index, only Mylan (NYSE:MYL), which is dealing with debt and secular pressure on its generic business, and insurer Unum Group (NYSE:UNM), which faces significant potential long-term liabilities in its long-term care business, are cheaper on the same basis. AAL has cyclical risk and is managing through the 737 MAX situation at supplier Boeing (NYSE:BA), but does not face any such existential crisis. * In that context, AAL stock seems simply too cheap. But "too cheap" has been a dangerous phrase in a market that has preferred growth to value, and the chart at the very least suggests investors can stay patient before buyers pile in. Kinder Morgan (KMI)Source: Provided by Finviz Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) seems to have had its breakout already, with shares bouncing sharply amid optimism toward energy stocks. But the rally in the third of Friday's big stock charts may not be done: * After the gains of the past few weeks, it's tempting to argue that the easy money has been made. But KMI stock only has gained about 13% -- not necessarily an enormous gain for a leveraged energy play, even if pipelines are a more defensive business than exploration and production. Meanwhile, the stock saw a golden cross this week, and at a 30-month high resistance may have been cleared. This rally may well have more room to run. * Fundamentally, KMI stock is intriguing as well. A 4.6% dividend yield is attractive on its own. But Kinder Morgan already has announced that it will increase its payout 25% in 2020. That puts the forward yield above 6%, and represents another step in the company's effort to repair the damage done amid a disastrous dividend cut back in 2015. * That said, there's still work to do in regaining trust and driving growth. The recent bout of optimism toward U.S. energy might not last, particularly with the geopolitical environment (hopefully) returning to normal. Some investors may still have a "once bitten, twice shy" attitude toward KMI stock. And there are pipeline operators available at similar yields and multiples -- and some of those stocks aren't at resistance. I do like KMI here, but as always investors need to keep the potential risks in mind.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 of the Strangest Stocks Worth Your Time * 7 Stocks to Buy That Trump's Tax Cut Truly Rewarded * 5 Stocks That Could Double in 2020 The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Square, American Airlines, and Kinder Morgan appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Square (SQ) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know
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    Square (SQ) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

    Square (SQ) closed at $67.92 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.47% move from the prior day.

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    5 Megatrends That Portend Tomorrow’s World

    "I do not believe the introduction of motorcars will ever affect the riding of horses."That's what John Douglas-Scott-Montagu, a member of the British Parliament, declared in 1903. That may sound absurd now, but it was the accepted wisdom of the time.Just five years later, Henry Ford was mass-producing Model Ts. And within one decade, 10 million Americans were puttering around in motorcars.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAutomobiles aren't alone. Breakthrough technologies often become commonplace necessities more rapidly than anyone can imagine at the outset.The electric vehicle (EV) will be no different. This breakthrough technology will gain global popularity and market share much more rapidly than most folks expect.Likewise, the energy storage technologies needed to make electric vehicles and other technologies possible will fan out across the globe at a spectacular pace.These burgeoning technologies are the seeds of what I'm calling "The Second Electric Revolution." These innovations are quickly becoming world-altering phenomena -- the likes of which the planet has not seen since Thomas Edison demonstrated his new electric streetlights in 1879. * The 7 Most Important Companies That Didn't Survive the 2010s I expect the Second Electric Revolution to introduce sweeping technological advancements that will impact our daily lives in ways we can't yet comprehend.Already, electric vehicles are stealing market share from gas-fired vehicles, while renewable power technologies are grabbing market share from thermoelectric power generation thanks to utility-scale energy storage systems.Both of these stories are very new and very big.We've seen this movie before … From Flip to SmartIn 2006, cell phones were still nothing more than mobile telephones.Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) and Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) dominated the market with compact flip phones. Smaller was better. Each new cell phone design offered slightly better functionality than the preceding version, but at a lower weight and smaller size.If someone had asked you or me back then what a cell phone would look like in 2020, we probably would have said it would be the size of a postage stamp, weigh about two ounces, and be clipped to our ear. We could not have guessed that cell phones would increase in size and offer the functionality of a laptop computer.And if someone had asked us back then if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock was a better "buy" than Motorola or Nokia, we might have answered, "No way!"That would have been a bad call.The flip phone was about to perish, and the smartphone was about to burst onto the scene.In January 2007, Steve Jobs announced the launch of the iPhone - and the world of mobile communication entered an entirely new paradigm.Globally, consumers bought about 122 million smartphones in 2007. In 2019, they bought 13 times that number.This story of breakthrough technological success has repeated itself over and over in history, especially here in the United States during the last century. Technological marvels like radios, televisions, washing machines, microwave ovens, and personal computers gained widespread acceptance at a lightning-fast pace.Now, as we enter a whole new decade, five new technologies are growing so rapidly and profitably that they deserve the attention of every investor.These five technologies are not merely delivering conspicuously strong revenue and earnings growth. Their growth trajectories are gaining momentum.I believe these are the five technologies that will make investors rich in 2020. Solar-Plus-Energy StorageSolar power is no longer a profitless curiosity -- it is a profitable industry that is attracting robust global demand. It is an idea whose time has come … especially for investors. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar-power capacity will soar 13-fold by 2040, at which point this renewable source would be providing two-thirds of the world's power needs. Moreover, the IEA anticipates global spending on solar power to total $4 trillion over the next two decades - or about $180 billion per year. If investment of this magnitude were to occur, solar power would become the world's primary electricity source by 2040. Payment ProcessingDigital and card payments are the future. Gone are the days of cash and coins, and here are the days of credit cards and e-payments. As an enabler of noncash payments across multiple channels, Square Inc. (NYSE:SQ) is at the core of this transition. Its mobile devices, which attach to a smartphone, allow retailers of all shapes and sizes to affordably and easily process card payments. It has an online presence through software that does the same thing for e-payments. Square soared as much as 1,000% after its 2015 initial public offering - and is still up more than 400% from its IPO price. There's another stock in this same space about to take off on a similarly profitable path, and you can bet it's on my radar. Online GamblingThanks to a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, sports betting is no longer illegal on the federal level. It's now up to each state to decide if, how, and when sports betting operates within its borders. That means each of the 50 state legislatures and/or gaming authorities will determine the rules for its own state. By the end of 2020, analysts believe that more than half the states in the union will approve sports betting in some form - and up to 40 states by the end of 2024. Therefore, it is clear that a significant opportunity is developing. Estimates range from $150 billion to $400 billion in annual transactions, up from essentially $0 just a couple of years ago. Artificial IntelligenceA recent study by Accenture found that in 12 advanced economies with combined GDPs of roughly $61 trillion, artificial intelligence (AI) can double economic growth by 2035. That's leading to a whole lot of spending - and opportunities to make money - on AI technologies. IDC expected worldwide spending on AI systems to climb 44% in 2019 to $35.8 billion, with some $13.5 billion going to AI software platforms and AI apps. No wonder AI has quickly become red-hot. After all, the market opportunity is massive. Gartner estimates that spending on AI will grow at an average compound annual growth rate of 18%, reaching $383.5 billion in 2020. Battery MetalsToday's high-tech batteries require huge amounts of metals like lithium, cobalt, copper, nickel, graphite and vanadium. The average battery-powered electric vehicle requires 183 pounds of copper. That's about four times the amount of copper the average internal combustion auto contains. A typical EV also requires about 120 pounds of graphite, along with significant quantities of nickel, cobalt, and lithium. The average solar project requires about five times as much copper per megawatt of capacity as a conventional fossil fuel plant. Offshore wind farms demand about 10 times as much. Meanwhile, the leading energy storage technologies also require massive quantities of "battery metals." So the boom in EVs, renewables, and energy storage will create major "echo booms" in several metal markets.These five megatrends will be booming for a very long time.And so will five stocks I've spotted that investors can use to build their wealth as these tech trends soar.I profile all five of these companies in a brand-new free report -- Top 5 Stocks for 2020.In this free report, I show you how and why these five stocks will grow so rapidly in 2020 … and beyond.They deserve the attention of every investor.To get that report - and to become a founding member of Smart Money, my brand-new free weekly newsletter - click here.Regards,Eric FryP.S. Eric is now revealing his Top 5 Stocks for 2020 -all in a single special report -- for FREE! Click here to get this FREE report - and to become a founding member of Smart Money, Eric's brand-new FREE weekly newsletter. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 of the Strangest Stocks Worth Your Time * 7 Stocks to Buy That Trump's Tax Cut Truly Rewarded * 5 Stocks That Could Double in 2020 The post 5 Megatrends That Portend Tomorrow's World appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Three Things PayPal Stock Needs to Do to Hit $140 in 2020
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    Three Things PayPal Stock Needs to Do to Hit $140 in 2020

    As stock performances go, PayPal's (NASDAQ:PYPL) gains in 2019 were probably a disappointment for shareholders.Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Normally, a 29% return on any stock, let alone one of the world's leading payment processors, would be considered a success.But 2019 wasn't just any year. The S&P 500 delivered its second-best performance of the decade, up 28.9%. Furthermore, while PayPal stock gained almost 30%, it lagged the S&P 500 Data Processing & Outsourced Services Index by 15 percentage points.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn 2020, with expectations much lower for the S&P 500 and markets in general, if PYPL were to deliver a repeat performance, the stock price would close the year around $140.Here are three things PayPal needs to do in the next 12 months to ensure PYPL stock hits $140. Partnerships Have to Reap RewardsOn Dec. 30, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman announced the company was expanding its partnership with Latin America's biggest e-commerce marketplace, Mercadolibre (NASDAQ:MELI), a stock I've long favored. * 8 of the Strangest Stocks Worth Your Time In March 2019, as part of a $1.8 billion equity offering by Mercadolibre to expand and grow its e-commerce business, PayPal invested $750 million in the Argentinian company. "Digital commerce in Latin America is experiencing tremendous growth and MercadoLibre is well-positioned for continued leadership," Schulman said at the time. "We've been impressed with the digital commerce and payments ecosystem Marcos [Galperin, MELI CEO] and his team have built."However, that was just an investment.2019's end-of-the-year announcement expands the relationship to include PayPal as a payment option for online checkout via Mercado Pago in Brazil and Mexico. In addition, PayPal will be accepted in the MercadoLibre marketplace in Brazil and Mexico for cross-border purchases.As a result, PayPal's 300 million customers can now use the payment processor to buy stuff online in two of Latin America's largest commercial markets.I said in November that if you could afford to buy both PYPL and MELI, you should. Based off December's announcement, I would double down on that sentiment.In the year ahead, I want to see tangible progress from this partnership. If we do, PayPal's valuation multiples could start to creep higher, a necessity if PYPL stock is to hit $140, let alone $200. Additional Revenue Streams for PYPLPayPal announced Jan. 6 that it had completed the $4 billion purchase of Honey, a Los Angeles-based digital shopping and rewards platform."The addition of Honey to our platform enables a significant step forward in our commitment to provide powerful services and tools for merchants and consumers, move beyond our core checkout proposition and significantly enhance the shopping experience for our 300 million consumers and merchants," Schulman stated in a company release. Whether we're talking about PayPal, Square (NYSE:SQ), Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), or any of the other fintech companies participating in and around e-commerce, they all want to offer as many products or services to merchants and customers as they possibly can.The Holy Grail of e-commerce is to become a one-stop shop for merchants and buyers alike. We're not there quite yet, but moves like acquiring Honey bring PayPal that much closer. Business Insider contributor Mike Jaconi said it best in a Jan. 7 opinion piece:"When it comes to loyalty, every company, from multi-billion-dollar businesses like Amazon to your favorite mom-and-pop coffee shop, wants to do the same thing: Convince you to come to them first -- and not their competitors -- as frequently as possible."Honey's entire business model is built on driving commerce. Now, not only can Honey influence what people buy, but it can also influence how they buy those products.That's huge. In 2020, I'll be watching Honey's overall effect on PayPal stock. Continue to Monetize VenmoOne of the things Sanford Bernstein analyst Harshita Rawat would like to see from PayPal in 2020 is further monetization of Venmo, its peer-to-peer payment system. Toward the end of 2019, reports surfaced that Venmo was losing users to Square's Cash App, a sign that the stakes might be higher for PayPal in 2020. According to Macquarie analyst Dan Dolev, Cash App is doing well in Venmo strongholds such as New York, California and Massachusetts. Up until now, Venmo's owned the markets on both coasts, with Cash App ruling in the South and Midwest. However, with new features being introduced such as commission-free stock trading, Cash App is getting the attention of new user demographics, forcing Venmo to keep pace.In the year ahead, I'm not so concerned with the monetization of Venmo as I am about user base losses. Square is catching up, and while I like both stocks, that ought to be a big concern for PYPL shareholders. The Bottom Line on PayPal StockIn 2019, Square stock was soundly beaten by PayPal. In 2020, I think the battle between the two payment processors is going to be a lot closer. Who will win? I couldn't tell you. Long-term, I like PYPL stock. But if PayPal takes care of these three issues, I think it's got a shot at hitting $140.At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 of the Strangest Stocks Worth Your Time * 7 Stocks to Buy That Trump's Tax Cut Truly Rewarded * 5 Stocks That Could Double in 2020 The post Three Things PayPal Stock Needs to Do to Hit $140 in 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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