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SQ Stock Receives Downgrade Following Hindenburg Short Report


  • Block (SQ) stock is sliding following a downgrade.
  • That news comes after Block was hit with a short report.
  • The downgrade and short report have heavy trading dragging shares of SQ lower on Friday.
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Block (NYSE:SQ) stock is a hot topic among traders on Friday after the company was targeted in a Hindenburg Research short report.

That report had Hindenburg calling out SQ stock with concerns about CashApp. The short seller says the company purposefully ignores fraud and theft that takes place on the platform. Block denied these claims and even went so far as to threaten Hindenburg with a lawsuit.

All of this resulted in Atlantic Equities analyst Kunaal Malde downgrading SQ stock. The analyst dropped the company’s shares from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating.

Malde said the following in a note to clients obtained by CNBC:

“With valuation remaining high, we believe it is prudent to turn neutral until we can get more comfort around sizing the exposure to these risk factors.”

Other Analysts’ Opinions on SQ Stock

Other analysts haven’t taken Hindenburg’s short report as seriously. Both Oppenheimer and Truist responded to the short report. They claim the allegations made by Hindenburg are “highly unlikely.”

It’s not just these analysts taking the side of SQ stock following the short report. ARK Innovation ETF (NYSEARCA:ARKK) founder Cathie Wood used the dip from the short report to buy more shares of Block.

Today’s news has SQ stock experiencing heavy trading volume. As of this writing, some 17 million shares are on the move. For comparison, the company’s daily average is about 14.5 million shares.

SQ stock is down 3.1% as of Friday morning.

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On the date of publication, William White did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

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