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Why PagSeguro Digital Stock Jumped 31% Last Month

By Keith Noonan – May 11, 2020 at 4:13PM

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The fintech stock is still down roughly 18% year to date despite big gains in April and May.

What happened

Shares of PagSeguro Digital (PAGS -2.56%) climbed 31% in April, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence . The Brazilian payment-processing stock bounced back after sliding 38.4% in March's trading.

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PagSeguro stock tracked closely in line with the movement for the broader market for much of April's trading. The company's share price then jumped at the end of the month after the company announced a new government partnership and rolled out a new service.

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So what

PagSeguro published a press release on April 28, announcing that it had entered into a partnership with the state of Minas Gerais (a territory in Brazil) to provide its banking services as a means to receive government payments. The service is being offered to 270,000 families in Minas Gerais, and PagSeguro is offering 20 Brazilian reais to people in the state who open a free digital account in the first month of the program.

PagSeguro then published a press release on April 30 that announced PagPerto -- a virtual shopping service that allows sellers to list goods and connect with buyers in their area. The company's CEO, Ricardo Dutra da Silva, commented in the press release that PagPerto would help shoppers who are not able to be in stores as a result of the novel coronavirus and that PagSeguro sees growth for digital payments accelerating as a result of the crisis. 

Now what

PagSeguro stock has continued to climb in May. The company's share price is up roughly 10% in the month as of this writing.

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PagSeguro stock trades at roughly 34.5 times the average analyst target for this year's earnings and 8.4 times expected sales.

Keith Noonan has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends PagSeguro Digital. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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