Why Twitter Shares Tanked Today

What: Shares of Twitter  (NYSE: TWTR  ) plunged more than 13% Tuesday and touched a new all-time low after its post-IPO lockup period expired.

So what: In short, roughly 81% of Twitter's common shares outstanding became eligible for sale today, and insiders are now allowed to sell their previously restricted shares. Keep in mind, however, that several notable executives have already confirmed they won't be selling their stakes following the lockup expiration, including co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams and CEO Dick Costolo.

Now what: Twitter shares are also still reeling after the company turned in better-than-expected top- and bottom-line results last week, but once again left the market wanting with perceived weak monthly active user growth.

Up until now, I've been hard on Twitter and chose to wait on the sidelines since its November IPO last year. Shares don't look particularly cheap at around 27 times last year's sales and 136 times next year's estimated earnings. But I have to admit it is doing an excellent job of monetizing its monthly active user base, ad revenue per 1,000 timeline views rising 96% year over year, and engagement showing its first sequential gain since Q2 of last year. In the end, with shares now trading 55% below their December high, I think Twitter's finally worthy of a deeper look.

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  • Report this Comment On May 06, 2014, at 4:01 PM, onejonshone wrote:

    What?? This post didn't even answer it's own question in the main title?

    Huh. Let me answer it for you perhaps. They tanked because there's a tech bubble forming of which people are getting scared of and selling off. I'm staying well away from any tech's until the looming crash.

  • Report this Comment On May 09, 2014, at 6:40 PM, Hansen wrote:

    Twitter service has several benefits: it provides the option to share content with a diversified user base, discover unique and relevant content, break news and more, but question is how it will monetize its user base? http://bit.ly/1l9J1Wl

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