Block Stock Higher on Quarterly Beat, Forecast

Analysts and options traders are responding to the results

Deputy Editor
May 3, 2024 at 10:13 AM
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Fintech stock Block Inc (NYSE:SQ) is up 3.8% to trade at $72.98 at last check, after the company announced better-than-expected first-quarter earnings of 85 cents per share on $5.96 billion in revenue. In addition, Block revealed plans to buy more Bitcoin (BTC) and hiked its annual forecast.

Needham raised its priced target to $105 following the results, and TD Cowen adjusted up to $92, both of which are healthy premiums to SQ's current perch. The majority of analysts are bullish on the equity, with 29 of 37 in coverage recommending a "buy" or "strong buy."

Options traders are piling on as well, with 41,000 calls and 23,000 puts exchanged so far -- overall volume that is six times the intraday average amount. The most popular contract is the weekly 5/3 75-strike call.

On the charts, today's pop is losing steam at Block stock's 30-day moving average -- a trendline that acted as resistance for most of April. Nevertheless, the equity still boasts a more than 24% year-over-year lead, and added roughly 53% during the past six months. 

 

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