Why Shopify Inc. Stock Jumped 11.5% in April

By Joe Tenebruso Markets Fool.com

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Shares ofShopify(NYSE: SHOP)leapt 11.5% last month, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence. The Canadian software maker's incredible ascent continues, as April's gains come after an 18.5% rise in January, a 16.5% gain in February, and a 15% jump in March.

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So what

Shopify's shares received a boost in mid-April on rumors that eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) was considering making a bid for the company.

Such a deal could help to provide a jolt to eBay's somewhat tepid growth rates, as Shopify grew sales at a year over year rate of 75% in the first quarter, compared to only 4% for eBay. Yet as my Foolish colleague Danny Vena notes, eBay has been divesting non-core assets in recent years, such as its PayPal Holdings subsidiary and its stake in Latin American e-commerce giant MercadoLibre, so a deal may be less likely to occur than some investors currently believe.

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Now what

Regardless, Shopify's stock is already up another 18% so far in May, fueled by its strong first-quarter results, in which CFO Russ Jones said that Shopify is becoming the "de facto platform for sellers."

If Jones is correct, Shopify -- as the leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions for small and medium-sized businesses -- could be uniquely positioned to benefit from the relentless growth of e-commerce in the years ahead.

As such, the best long-term outcome for Shopify's investors may be for the company to remain independent.

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Joe Tenebruso has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends eBay, MercadoLibre, PayPal Holdings, and Shopify. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.