Twitter Inc (TWTR) Stock Trades Up Amid News That Company Will Fight Violent Posts

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Shares of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) stock are up today as the company has announced that they will take more action against hateful and violent speech on its social network. The company officially updated their policy to provide them with the rights to fight back against individuals who are harassing, intimidating or using fear tactics toward another user or a group of people.

Accounts will be suspended or in some cases shut down entirely if users engage in “hateful conduct”, or show intent to harm others. Additionally, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) will also ban multiple accounts from users who signup up simply to avoid suspension. If one account is suspended, Twitter won’t simply allow you to create a new account under a different name.

This comes after the company has taken some heat for how they’ve handled terrorists in the past from using their network to communicate and spread hateful content.

The stock is up 0.93% or $0.21 following the news, hitting $22.68 per share. About 3.36 million shares traded hands. TWTR has declined 38.29% since May 27, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 36.16%.

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 51.63% above today’s ($22.68) 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 dived, 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 $15.31 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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