Twitter Inc (TWTR) Shares are Up Amid Apple’s (AAPL) Shutdown of Topsy Service

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Several year ago, I would load up my Topsy application on my desktop and then utilize it to determine which news stories to cover for the day. Topsy, which was a very useful Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) analytics service, was then purchased by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) for a staggering $225 million, which made it one of the company’s larger acquisitions. Who would have thought that two years later this $225 million purchase would be shut down? That is exactly what Apple has done, although the company surely will continue to use the technology and perhaps maintain its employees. It just isn’t known exactly what the plans for the Topsy service are.

This news apparently isn’t scaring off investors of social website Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) , which certainly received a good amount of traffic from the service, as the stock continues to trade up in late afternoon trading. The stock is up 1.50% or $0.36 following the news, hitting $24.31 per share. About 21.68 million shares traded hands or up 32.76% from the average. TWTR has declined 36.51% since May 13, 2015 and is currently downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 33.88%.

From a total of 29 analysts covering Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) stock, 13 rate it a “Buy”, 2 a “Sell”, and 14 a “Hold”. This means that 45% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $56 while the lowest target price is $22. The mean of all analyst targets is $34.39 which is 41.46% above today’s ($24.31) stock price. Twitter was the topic of 45 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Credit Agricole initiated shares on December 11 with a “Underperform” rating. Morgan Stanley maintained shares with a”Underweight” rating and a $22 target share price in their report from an October 28. UBS maintained TWTR stock in a recent report from October 28 with a “Buy” rating. Barclays Capital maintained the rating on October 28. Barclays Capital has a “Equal-Weight” rating and a $33 price target on shares. Finally, RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with a “Sector Perform” rating in a report they issued on an October 28.

The institutional sentiment decreased to 1.07 in Q2 2015. It’s down 0.19, from 1.26 in 2015Q2. The ratio is negative, as 102 funds sold all their Twitter Inc shares they owned while 129 reduced their positions. 56 funds bought stakes while 191 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 269.03 million shares which is 10.40% less than the previous share count of 300.24 million in 2015Q2.

Institutional Venture Management Xii Llc holds 100% of its total portfolio in Twitter Inc, equating to 418,115 shares. Rizvi Traverse Management Llc owns 2.80 million shares representing 100% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Ah Equity Partners Iii L.L.C. has 69.57% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 1,202 shares. The California-based Kpcb Dgf Associates Llc has a total of 28.35% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Bain Capital Venture Investors Llc, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 817,155 shares owned.

Twitter, Inc. is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. The company has a market cap of $16.34 billion. The Firm offers services and products for users, advertisers, developers and platform and data partners. It currently has negative earnings. Products and services for users enables a way for people to create, distribute and discover content, which enables a user on Twitter to create a tweet and a user to follow other users.

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