MarketWatch First Take: Twitter tanks and becomes fodder for M&A chatter again

Twitter Inc.’s disappointing fourth quarter and confusing comments by its executives about increased usage further confirmed its user growth has stalled, putting the company at the center of takeover chatter again.

While President Donald Trump speaks his mind about everything from the size of his inauguration audience to the treatment of his daughter by a major retailer on Twitter TWTR, -12.34%TWTR, -12.34% the company is not seeing any direct benefits from his constant tweets in terms of more advertisers or new users. On Thursday, executives pointed to increased usage on the platform but they would not disclose the number of daily active users, only saying “DAUs remain strong.

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