Why MercadoLibre Stock Popped Before Earnings Today

Rich Smith, The Motley Fool
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Why MercadoLibre Stock Popped Before Earnings Today

Shares of Argentine e-commerce star MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI) are shooting higher Monday, up 3.9% as of 1:35 p.m. EST after analysts at investment bank Credit Suisse gave the stock a lift -- and a higher price target. MercadoLibre stock, which sells for just under $1,700 currently, will be worth $1,925 a share within 12 months, argues Credit Suisse in a note covered today on TheFly.com. CS cites an unspecified preannouncement of fourth-quarter earnings results (the official results are due out this evening, after close of trading), arguing that the company's anticipation of an operating loss for Q4 implies that MercadoLibre is not concerned with making a profit right now, but rather is returning to "the more aggressive growth path it set out for itself back in 2017," reports TheFly.