Twitter (TWTR) Gains on Speculation SoftBank Could Step Up to the Plate

October 14, 2016 10:56 AM EDT

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Some of the upside in Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) today (+1%) is being attributed to chatter that SoftBank could step-up as a buyer for the company. The speculation follows news Thursday afternoon that SoftBank is partnering with Saudi Arabia to create a $25 billion tech fund, that can grow to $100 billion over five years. Twitter's market cap is $12.6 billion.

In a series of tweets, @1971Capital lists several reasons a deal could make sense:

1) I’ve been saying for the past year that Softbank’s Masayoshi Son is the most likely acquirer of Twitter $TWTR

2) Now Masayoshi Son/Softbank have a $100bil tech fund he’s put together w Saudi Arabia. Prince Al-Waleed is $TWTR's 2nd biggest shareholder

3) Watch 16:30 mark of this vid & the last minute where he says he’ll get into social media “1 way or another” $TWTR

4) Masayoshi Son will be in San Francisco next week at the Arm TechCon. Look it up... $TWTR

5) In mid-2105 Softbank’s previous CEO Nikesh Arora said they were interested in buying $TWTR

6) Wouldn’t surprise me if all the $TWTR deal talk lit a BIG fire under Masayoshi Son to put this $100 mil investment fund together

7) There is a very good chance Masayoshi Son simply can’t let Twitter slip away $TWTR imho

8) $TWTR is huge in Japan where Softbank is headquartered and Masayoshi Son resides

9) One other thing - Masayoshi Son has more balls than Sundar Pichai, Tim Cook and Satya Nadella combined. He’s the real deal... $TWTR

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