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Square (SQ) Stock Rallies, Here’s What Analysts Are Saying

Sam Boughedda trader
Updated 13 Aug 2021

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Square Inc's (LON: SQ) stock is rallying on Thursday, with several analysts upgrading price targets for the stock in recent days. 

The company announced its Q2 results and the acquisition of Afterpay this week, and Square shares up again on Thursday, rising 4.42% at $278.53 following Wednesday's 1.14% decline. 

Here's what analysts have had to say on the stock…

BTIG analyst Mark Palmer said the Afterpay deal was a “significant, positive move” for Square that will “provide a meaningful boost to both of its ecosystems”. Palmer upgraded Square's price target to $320 from $295, reiterating a Buy rating. 

Bernstein analyst Harshita Rawat believes Square's acquisition of Afterpay is a “game-changing” deal, stating that Afterpay addresses almost all major challenges Square faces in its ambitions to become a dominant payments ecosystem. 

John Davis, an analyst at Raymond James, upgraded Square to Market Perform from Underperform on Tuesday, labelling the company's Q2 results as “impressive”. A better than feared Cash App GP growth and the Afterpay acquisition has changed the narrative, said Davis. 

On Tuesday, Daniel Perlin at RBC Capital raised Square's price target to $312 from $305, maintaining an Outperform rating on the shares. Perlin said that Square's Cash App July trends suggest gross profit should be up 110% on a 2-year CAGR. He also labelled the acquisition of Afterpay as “strategic.”

Other notable upgrades included: 

  • Oddo BHF upgraded Square to Outperform from Neutral with a $340 price target.
  • Keefe Bruyette analyst Steven Kwok raised the firm's price target on Square to $325 from $281, keeping an Outperform rating.
  • BMO Capital raised its Square price target to $$259 from $225, keeping a Market Perform rating.
  • Square's price target was raised to $310 from $280 at Canaccord, maintaining a Buy rating.
  • Barclays analyst Ramsey El-Assal raised the firm's price target on Square to $345 from $340, keeping an Overweight rating.

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Sam is a trader and lead stock market writer at AskTraders. After starting his career in the forex market, Sam now focuses on stocks, specifically consumer staples.