Twitter Stock Falls After Elon Musk Says Deal Is ‘On Hold’

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Shares of Twitter shed almost 10%, hitting the lowest level since early April

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Mr. Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc,

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, last month struck a deal to buy Twitter and take it private, capping a topsy-turvy month for the social-media company and its stock, which has fallen 17% so far this month. But on Friday morning, he tweeted, “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users.” He linked to a May 2 Reuters report about a recent Twitter securities filing with those statistics.

Twitter shares fell as much as 26% in premarket trading Friday, to $33.51, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

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Later Friday morning, Mr. Musk added on Twitter that he was “still committed” to the acquisition. That helped Twitter trim its losses.

Still, Twitter’s shares are now trading 25% below the deal price of $54.20 a share. Shares of the company had already been falling recently, reflecting investor worries about the outlook for the deal. Like many technology stocks, Twitter has also been hit hard lately by a broad market selloff of riskier assets.

Tesla shares jumped 5.7% Friday.

Tesla shares have slipped since Twitter accepted Mr. Musk’s buyout offer. Mr. Musk plans to borrow against his Tesla stake to finance the deal. Tesla investors also worry that owning Twitter could distract Mr. Musk from running Tesla.

—Hardika Singh contributed to this article.

Write to Caitlin McCabe at [email protected]

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