What happened

Shares of TEGNA (NYSE:TGNA) fell as much as 38.1% on Thursday and are down about 33% at the time of this writing. The decline, however, may not always be reflected in today's stock price when investors check on its change on Thursday. 

Depending on where investors check their stock prices, investors may see TEGNA stock inconsistently bounce between a big decline and nearly flat trading on Thursday as stock quote programs have trouble adjusting for the implications of TEGNA's completed spinoff of Cars.com (NYSE: CARS) on June 1.

Cars parked in an underground garage

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So what

TEGNA announced on Thursday that it completed its previously announced spinoff of Cars.com. The transaction creates two publicly traded companies out of one. TEGNA will continue to trade under the ticker symbol TGNA on the New York Stock Exchange. Also on the New York Stock Exchange, Cars.com will trade under the symbol CARS.

Now what

TEGNA spun off Cars.com believing Cars.com would have greater flexibility as an independent company to capitalize on opportunities.

"We are a pure-play digital company in an excellent position to drive long-term growth and profitability, and we are a unique investment opportunity in the digital automotive space," said Cars.com CEO Alex Vetter about Cars.com as its own entity.

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