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Why Stock Popped 10% This Morning

By Rich Smith – May 28, 2020 at 6:41PM

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The recent tech IPO gets a vote of confidence on Wall Street.

What happened

Shares of recent IPO and automated accounts receivable and accounts payable company (BILL 1.15%) closed up 8% in Thursday trading, after rising as much as 10% earlier in the day on support from an upgrade received from investment bank Piper Sandler.

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So what

Piper Sandler said it was upgrading stock -- currently trading just shy of $70 -- to $85 a share, which implies a better than 21% profit potential. stock is up 81% over the past year but has fallen 16% from its all-time high that it hit three weeks ago. Piper believes the stock has fallen sufficiently to put its "risk-reward" back in the "favorable" column.

Piper argued that over the next decade, more and more back-office business functions will become automated, which is precisely what's software aims to help make happen. In the analyst's opinion, such a trend will benefit by generating recurring revenue from customer subscriptions to its services.

Now what

That being said, booking revenue has never been's problem. In fact, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, revenue at this company more than doubled over the past two years. The problem is that, so far at least, hasn't been able to turn its revenues into profits. The company lost more than $7 million last year -- and more than $26 million over the last 12 months.

Until can prove it's able to generate a consistent profit, this investment has to be considered speculative -- no matter how fast it's growing its revenues.

Rich Smith has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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