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Square Cash, the mobile payment app developed by Square, is growing faster than PayPal's Venmo, according to Nomura Instinet.

Since early 2016, Square Cash app downloads have averaged 128 percent year-over-year growth each month versus Venmo's 74 percent, according to a Nomura analysis.

With roughly 28 million cumulative downloads, the number of Square Cash downloads is just 1 million below Venmo's levels, analyst Dan Dolev said.

"Historically, Venmo saw more downloads versus Square, but the gap appears to have peaked in July 2017," Dolev said in a note to clients Wednesday, reiterating his buy rating on the stock.

The app appears to be getting an added boost because it allows transactions in bitcoin, the analyst noted.

"With Square Cash App now open for Bitcoin trading in most states, comparing its growth versus the popular Coinbase app is noteworthy," he added. "Here, while Coinbase saw growth peak around the holiday time — as Bitcoin prices spiked — Coinbase's growth has slowed from record levels, whereas Square Cash App experienced more balanced growth."

Dolev has consistently lauded Square Cash as a potential revenue driver for the payment company. His 12-month stock price target of $65 implies more than 18 percent upside over the next year.

Though Square said it sold a total of $34.1 million in bitcoin in the first quarter, it initially spent $33.9 million to purchase the cryptocurrency, netting a final adjusted revenue of just $200,000.

Shares of Square were up 1.9 percent Wednesday morning.


(Square Cash's stock price is up 168% since rolling out support for bitcoin.)

Despite issuing guidance that fell short of Wall Street's expectations earlier this month, Square has outperformed the broader stock market over the past year, up 57 percent since January and 168 percent year over year.

In its first-quarter earnings report earlier in May, the payments company said it will continue to reinvest, focusing on revenue growth over profit expansion.

"Given the significant market opportunity ahead of us, we will continue to reinvest in our business to drive future growth," it said in a statement this month.

Gross payment volume grew 31 percent to $17.8 billion for the quarter, in line with the growth rate seen in the fourth quarter.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/16/nomura-instinet-square-cash-app-is-growing-faster-than-venmo.html

Here we may be witnessing a small and lesser known corporation called "Square cash" outgrowing a larger and more well known corporation called "Paypal" via offering support for bitcoin. There could be other examples of this. Robinhood financial platform growing at a faster rate than etrade via offering bitcoin support comes to mind.

Based on preliminary data it may be said bitcoin and crypto currencies create jobs, boost economies and provide overall positive effects via creation of value, more efficient and convenient transfer of wealth and transactions in comparison to old, clunky and in some cases obsolete bank equivalents. This effect could carry over to free markets where within a relatively short period of time we have seen smaller and lesser known corporations gain significant ground on larger and more established business entities via offering bitcoin support.

What could be interesting here is if linux introduced bitcoin support while microsoft declined btc support. Could adoption of crypto help linux to grow @ a faster rate and gain market share on msft? Steam also revoked bitcoin support. If there were a competitor to steam which offered support for bitcoin transactions--I would be interested to see what the end result would be there.

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Paypal has been historically pretty anti-bitcoin, which is a big reason why I think its growth will continue to slip down in the coming years. Square cash on the other hand is definitely going to get a pretty sizable boost from its bitcoin trading platform.

I believe that in the future, the payment processing and remittance companies will see that if they are in support of bitcoin in the past, they would benefit drastically. And it wouldn't just be payment remittance, it could be any company in general.

Bitcoin is the currency of the future, imo. And companies which support it will reap the rewards, as bitcoin itself gains more adoption. Banking services right now may even shift to serving the crypto sector as well.

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