Why MicroStrategy Stock Surged to a New 52-Week High Today

Shares of technology company MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) surged to a new 52-week high on Monday, after the company disclosed that it had bought more Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC). On top of MicroStrategy's new purchase, Bitcoin itself is having a good day, up about 5% over the past 24 hour hours. For its part, MicroStrategy stock was up 16% as of 3:20 p.m. ET.

An unbelievable amount of Bitcoin

From Feb. 15 through Feb. 25, MicroStrategy was buying Bitcoin. The company wound up buying 3,000 additional bitcoins for $155 million. It now owns an astounding 193,000 bitcoins valued at about $10.5 billion as of this writing.

MicroStrategy has spent about $6.1 billion so far to acquire this much Bitcoin. Considering it's worth about $10.5 billion, it would seem this bet is paying off quite nicely.

Where's the money coming from?

In 2023, MicroStrategy's business generated nearly $500 million in revenue, but it produced an operating loss of $115 million. Therefore, it's not getting cash from the business.

Rather, MicroStrategy periodically sells more shares to investors so that it can have more money for Bitcoin. Since the start of 2024, it's raised about $138 million this way, which is mostly where it got its cash for its latest purchase of 3,000 bitcoins.

With 193,000 bitcoins, MicroStrategy is one of the biggest Bitcoin whales apart from its mysterious founder, Satoshi Nakamoto. But if I know this company, it won't stop here. It will probably keep selling shares on the stock market to raise money to buy more Bitcoin.

As long as the price of Bitcoin continues rising, it could be a worthwhile bet for MicroStrategy's shareholders. But if the price of Bitcoin reverses, investors in MicroStrategy stock would be in for a wild ride.

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