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Why Afterpay, AMA, NRW, & Santos shares are racing higher

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In late morning trade the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is on course to maintain its winning streak. The benchmark index is currently up 0.3% to 5,588.4 points.

Four shares that are climbing more than most today are listed below. Here’s why they are racing higher:

The Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) share price is up 3.5% to $44.41. Investors have been buying the payments company’s shares after the release of a U.S. update this morning. According to the release, the Afterpay platform has continued its meteoric growth in the market even during the pandemic. This has seen the number of active U.S. customer hit 5 million. Management revealed that 1 million of these have joined during the last 10 weeks.

The AMA Group Ltd (ASX: AMA) share price has jumped 5.5% to 68 cents. This gain has been driven by a market update from the crash repairer this morning. That update revealed that AMA is well-funded to support the business during an extended period of disruption. It also believes the headwinds it is facing now will soon turn to tailwinds and notes that vehicle travel levels are beginning to return to normal levels as restrictions continue to ease.

The NRW Holdings Limited (ASX: NWH) share price has rocketed 24% higher to $2.05. The catalyst for this strong gain has been a trading update by the infrastructure contractor. According to the update, NRW delivered unaudited revenue of $1.6 billion for the 10 months to April 30. This represents record revenue for the company compared to any previous full financial year. The company’s EBITDA came in at $177 million for the 10 months, pre-adoption of AASB16.

The Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) share price has stormed 3.5% to $5.30. This follows a jump in oil prices overnight after data revealed a surprise drop in U.S. stockpiles. It isn’t just Santos which is storming higher. The S&P/ASX 200 Energy index is up a solid 2% at the time of writing.

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Returns as of 6th October 2020

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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