Square's Stock May Jump Following Its Results

Feb. 22, 2019 12:59 PM ETBlock, Inc. (SQ)MA, PYPL, V52 Comments


  • Square is due to report results on Feb. 27.
  • The chart shows that the stock may break out and rise to $83.
  • The options are suggesting the stock rises 11% following the results.
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Square's (NYSE:SQ) stock may be getting ready to leap higher in the coming weeks, based on the technical charts and an analysis of the options market. The stock has consolidated since the end of January in a range between $68 and $75. Now the chart suggests the shares could surge by 10% over the coming weeks.

The biggest drawback to Square is its valuation trading at nearly 70 times 2020 earnings estimates of $1.08 per share. That is much higher than many of the payment processors stocks, such as PayPal (PYPL).

Results Will Have a Big Impact

The company is set to report results on Feb. 27. Consensus analysts’ estimates are for earnings to have increased 68% in the fourth quarter to $0.13 per share on revenue growth of 61% to $453.9 million.

Bullish Chart

Square's chart shows that the stock is forming an ascending triangle, a bullish continuation pattern. It suggests that the stock breaks out, rising above technical resistance at $78. If that happens the shares could go on to rise to around $83, its next level of resistance.

Additionally, the relative strength index has been trending higher, and that would suggest that bullish momentum is entering the stock. Also, volume levels have started to decline as the stock has been rising. It would indicate that the number of sellers in the equity is likely diminishing.

If the stock can climb above resistance at $83, it could open the door for an increase to $91.75.

Bullish Bets

An analysis of the options suggests that Square’s stock could rise or fall by 11% from the $75 calls due to expire on March 15, using the long straddle strategy. It places the stock in a trading range between $66.75 and $83.75 by that date. The number of calls at the $75 strike price outweighs the puts by nearly

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