Recounting an Interesting Week on Twitter, Inc. (TWTR)

Twitter Inc (TWTR) has been full of intrigue lately

by Alex Eppstein

Published on Jan 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM
Updated on Apr 20, 2015 at 5:32 PM

It was an interesting week in the social media world, particularly in the Twittersphere. Now, I don't use Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), but a number of tweets went viral and made it onto the pages of prominent media publications -- where I promptly took note.

For starters, this "war of words" between Chris Pratt and Chris Evans was particularly heartwarming. The big-screen actors -- best known for their respective roles as Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and Captain America in, well, the "Captain America" franchise -- placed a Super Bowl wager.

But this wasn't just an ordinary bet. Sure, the dialogue (particularly from Pratt) was wittier than usual, but most notable were the beneficiaries: sick children. Specifically, if Pratt's Seahawks win, Captain America will make an appearance at the Seattle Children's Hospital. If Evans' Patriots win, Star-Lord will be heading to Christopher's Haven, a temporary home for children battling cancer.

There were other touching moments on TWTR, too. One social media user snapped some photos of Triple H -- a notorious villain for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) -- breaking character to console a young fan he'd accidentally upset.

Finally, there was this story about the back-and-forth between TWTR users Jaime Guerra (a high school student) and Nik Stauskas (a player for the NBA's Sacramento Kings). Guerra asked Stauskas how many retweets he would need to take the shooting guard's girlfriend, Taylor Anderson, to prom. The reply: 10,000.

Within roughly two hours, Jaime had hit the benchmark, and secured a high-profile prom date. As a bonus (and perhaps fearing Anderson's wrath), Stauskas decided he would also attend the dance.

On the charts, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has been much less memorable. For the past couple months, the stock has been churning in the $36-$40 range. That hasn't stopped options traders from betting bullishly, though. TWTR's 50-day call/put volume ratio on the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) checks in at 2.59 -- in the 93rd percentile of its annual range.

Daily Chart of TWTR since October 2014


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