Short-seller Hindenburg Research has built up a large stake in Twitter - and is betting against Elon Musk

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Short-seller Hindenburg Research has built up a large stake in Twitter - and is betting against Elon Musk
Elon Musk is trying to walk away from his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
  • Hindenburg Research announced it had built a "significant long position" in Twitter stocks Wednesday.
  • The research firm's founder said that Twitter will rally after the collapse of Elon Musk's takeover deal.
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Hindenburg Research has built up a significant stake in Twitter as a legal battle brews between the social media company and Elon Musk.

The research firm said that it is bullish on Twitter after the seeming collapse of Musk's $44 billion takeover bid.

"We have accumulated a significant long position in shares of Twitter," Hindenburg tweeted Wednesday. "Twitter's complaint poses a credible threat to Musk's empire."

Musk is attempting to terminate the merger agreement he signed with Twitter in April, which said he would take the company private at a price of $54.20 a share. Twitter intends to sue him for backing out of the deal.

Twitter shares initially rallied 8% on Wednesday, before slipping 0.2% at the opening bell Thursday.

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Hindenburg is renowned for its activist short-selling approach, having published high-profile reports criticizing companies including Nikola, Kandi Technologies, and Lordstown Motors. It's much rarer for the investment firm to make a long position public.

"Musk has squandered much of his leverage, largely through misadvised and compulsive tweets," Hindenburg founder Nate Anderson told the Financial Times this week. "Twitter has a strong case."

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