Twitter falls 7 per cent after opening day bonanza

Twitter falls 7 per cent after opening day bonanza

NEW YORK CITY - Twitter shares retreated on Friday a day after a sizzling debut on Wall Street, as some of the frenzy about the popular messaging service faded.

The stock slipped 7.24 per cent to close at US$41.64 (S$51.98) - a day after a stunning gain of 72.69 per cent on its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange after a $1.8 billion initial public offering.

Mr Jon Ogg at 24/7 Wall Street said on Friday's sentiment was "a bit like an IPO hangover." "Keep in mind that Twitter is valued at more than 50 times sales now, something almost unheard of over the past decade," Mr Ogg said.

Some analysts said the debut was helped in part by a shortage of Twitter stock, and that most of the 70 million shares were reserved by the underwriters.

Mr Brian Wieser at Pivotal Research, who downgraded the stock after the opening surge, noted on Friday that "our very positive view on the company hasn't changed" but that the valuation seems too high to justify its price.

"Our view was positive going into the process. Twitter went through around its IPO and came out more favourably in most ways by the time the stock started trading. Our call on the stock is simply a matter of how much Twitter is worth given the scale we assume the company will realise over time." Twitter's market capitalisation, based on its stock price, fell back to around $22.6 billion after topping $24 billion on Thursday.

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