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Here’s Why Square Was Falling on Thursday

By Matthew Frankel, CFP® – Jul 23, 2020 at 3:35PM

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The fintech has been on fire lately but is giving back some of its gains Thursday.

What happened

Fintech giant Square (SQ 0.38%) has been one of the best-performing stocks in the market recently, gaining more than 50% since the beginning of June. However, it isn't exactly having a great day on Thursday. As of 3 p.m. EDT, Square was down by about 5% on the day.

So what

Some of Square's decline on Thursday can be attributed to general market weakness. The latest unemployment claims data was released this morning and came in significantly higher than expected, and we haven't seen any concrete signs of progress when it comes to the highly anticipated stimulus bill that is currently being negotiated. As a result, the S&P 500 was down by 1.3% and most other major stock indices were lower as well.

Customer making payment using Square terminal.

Image source: Square.

Additionally, an analyst from Bank of America (BAC -0.55%) released a note saying that Square's massive rally over the past couple months is difficult to make sense of, especially since there have been no fundamental changes to Square's business in recent months. In fact, the analyst says that there could be trouble ahead as the worst of the pandemic may still be coming for small businesses.

Now what

It remains to be seen whether Square's recent rally is truly justified, but it's not terribly surprising to see a bit of a pullback after the massive gain in Square's stock price over the past few months. With the company due to report second quarter earnings on Aug. 5, we'll get some more color soon on just how badly the pandemic could be (or could not be) affecting Square's business.

Matthew Frankel, CFP owns shares of Bank of America and Square and has the following options: short August 2020 $105 calls on Square. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Square and recommends the following options: short September 2020 $70 puts on Square. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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