TWTR Stock Drops on Debunked Trump Video, $1 Billion Deal

The video features a manipulated clip of Biden "endorsing" Trump

Assistant Editor
Mar 9, 2020 at 10:14 AM
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Shares of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) are down 6.2%, last seen at $31.40. Twitter made headlines last week on rumors CEO, Jack Dorsey was being pressured to leave due to his divided attention between Twitter and Square (SQ). Now, the social media giant is back in the news after applying its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on Sunday, to a suspiciously edited video of former vice president Joe Biden that was shared by the White House social media director Dan Scavino and retweeted by President Donald Trump.

Also moving TWTR today is news of a $1 billion investment from equity firms Silver Lake and Elliot Management. Silver Lake's co-CEO Egon Durban and Elliott partner Jesse Cohn will take seats on the board of directors. A committee has also been formed to layout a leadership restructuring plan for the social media giant.

Analysts are divided on the stock heading into today. Nineteen of the 24 covering firms sport a “hold” or worse, while five recommend a “strong buy.”

Lastly, the security has a Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.17, which sits in the 99th percentile of its annual range, In other words, short-term option players have rarely preferred calls over puts during the past 12 months. 

 

 

 

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