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The Open Text building in Waterloo, Ont.

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Shares of Open Text Corp. surged 14 per cent on Thursday morning after the business software company posted a sharp jump in profit and several analysts upgraded their view.

The company's licensing revenue in the quarter - an indicator of future demand - came in higher than expected, while a feared disruption from weak European demand was muted.

"We expect this quarter's results to mark a change in sentiment toward the company," Stifel Nicolaus analyst Blair Abernethy wrote in a note upgrading the company to a "buy".

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But Susquehanna Financial analyst J. Derrick Wood was more circumspect, raising his price target to $45 from $40 but retaining a negative rating. He warned that a focus on organic growth after a string of acquisitions risks either stagnation or declining margins.

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