Twitter stock takes a dive after Elon Musk tweet that buyout deal is 'temporarily on hold' - MarketWatch


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Via:  hallux  •  one week ago  •  11 comments

By:   Tomi Kilgore (MarketWatch)

Twitter stock takes a dive after Elon Musk tweet that buyout deal is 'temporarily on hold' - MarketWatch
Shares of Twitter Inc. tumbled Friday, after Elon Musk said he was putting the deal to buy the social-media company "temporarily on hold" while he does his...

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Last Updated: May 13, 2022 at 10:03 a.m. ET First Published: May 13, 2022 at 6:58 a.m. ET By

Tomi Kilgore

Shares of Twitter Inc. tumbled Friday, after Elon Musk said he was putting the deal to buy the social-media company "temporarily on hold" while he does his due diligence on fake accounts.

The stock TWTR, -8.42% dropped 10.1% in morning trading, but pared premarket losses of as much as 25%. The selloff puts the stock on track for the lowest close since April 1, which was before Musk first disclosed he took a 9.2% stake in Twitter.

Musk, who is the "Technoking" and chief executive of electric vehicle market leader Tesla Inc. TSLA, +5.80%,announced the hold through a tweet:

Musk first disclosed his stake in Twitter on April 4, then said on April 14 that he was launching an unsolicited bid for the company. On April 25, Twitter agreed to be acquired by Musk for $54.20 a share.

But since Musk launched the bid, the closest Twitter's stock came to closing at the $54.20 bid price was April 25, when it closed at $51.70.

Dan Ives, the prolific Wedbush analyst, said the implications of Musk's "bizarre tweet" will send this "Twitter circus show into a Friday the 13th horror show." He said investors could now view the deal as falling apart, or that Musk is negotiating for a lower deal price or that Musk might simply walk away from the deal with a $1 billion breakup fee.

"The nature of Musk creating so much uncertainty in a tweet (and not a filing) is very troubling to us and the Street and now sends this whole deal into a circus show with many questions and no concrete answers as to the path of this deal going forward," Ives wrote in a note to clients.

Prior to Thursday's selloff, Twitter's stock had dropped 10.5% amid a five-day losing streak.

CFRA analyst Angelo Zino said he had thought the biggest risk that the deal falls through was Musk having a change of heart and questioning his own motive.

"Separately, this move is likely to drive greater uncertainty and chaos within [Twitter], which could have negative implications on its own business prospects," Zino wrote.

On Thursday, Twitter had said two executives were leaving the company ahead of the Musk buyout, and said it planned to pause most hiring plans.

Meanwhile, Musk's tweet sent Tesla's stock surging 5.3% in morning trading, as the stock has been falling since Musk disclosed his Twitter stake, amid concerns that he would have to sell some Tesla stock to fund the buyout and worries that the deal would distract him from running the EV maker.

Since April 4, when Musk disclosed his Twitter stake, Tesla's stock had plunged 36.4% through Thursday.

Year to date, Twitter shares have lost 6.3% year to date, while Tesla's stock has shed 27.5% and the S&P 500 index SPX, +2.25% has dropped 16.3%.


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Sophomore Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    one week ago

Live by the twit, die by the twitter.

Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    one week ago

gee, think there will there be a new offer coming after the SEC poster boy drives the value even lower?

PhD Guide
1.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  devangelical @1.1    one week ago

Tesla doesn't look good right now.

  • Tesla’s   markdown registers at $199 billion , months after seeing its valuation fall below $1 trillion.
Split Personality
Professor Principal
1.2  Split Personality  replied to  Hallux @1    one week ago

Sophomore Principal
1.2.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Split Personality @1.2    one week ago

I was in the absolutely empty Olympic Stadium  when they performed a full run through of Fanfare for the Common Man.

Split Personality
Professor Principal
1.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  Hallux @1.2.1    one week ago

Nice !

PhD Guide
2  evilgenius    one week ago

I read this article this morning. I'm skeptical Musk will be able to pull all the capital he needs for a deal that doesn't seem fiscally sound.

Professor Principal
2.1  Ender  replied to  evilgenius @2    one week ago

Doesn't seem sound to me either. He has sold Tesla stock, borrowing from some Arabian Prince etc.

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Professor Guide
3  Thrawn 31    one week ago

Big shock, drive the share price as low a possible then announce you are buying at 30% above that price, but still 30% below the initial offer. Such a savvy business move. 

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4  arkpdx    one week ago


Professor Principal
4.1  Texan1211  replied to  arkpdx @4    one week ago
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