Twitter Inc (TWTR) Granted Patent For a Tweeting Drone

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While one doesn’t necessarily link Twitter Inc’s (NYSE:TWTR) social media platform to unmanned aerial drones, a recent patent that’s been granted to the company makes such a link a little bit clearer to envision. The idea is elborated upon in the companies patent filing of which a snippet can be seen below:

“An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carries a camera, sends data from the camera, and receives commands. The UAV is connected to a messaging platform. Pictures or video clips received from the UAV are selected and placed in messages broadcast by an account associated with the UAV. Video footage from the camera is live-streamed in a card-type message. Account holders of the messaging platform may control the UAV with commands embedded in messages and directed towards an account associated with the UAV. Controllable elements of the UAV include UAV location, camera orientation, camera subject, UAV-mounted lighting, a UAV-mounted display, a UAV-mounted projector, UAV-mounted speakers, and a detachable payload. UAV control may be determined through democratic means. Some UAV functionality may be triggered through aggregated engagements on the messaging platform. The UAV may include a display screen and/or a microphone to provide for telepresence or interview functionality.”

While Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has refused to provide further details on when such a patent may be used for an actual product or service, a spokeman for the company did state the following, “Two words: Drone selfies.”

The stock is down 4.00% or $0.92 following the news, hitting $22.07 per share. About 18.86M shares traded hands or 12.26% up from the average. TWTR has declined 38.33% since May 18, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 36.07%.

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 55.82% above today’s ($22.07) 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 turned 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 $15.64 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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