All eyes were on BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) Monday morning. Would it be Fairfax Financial or Cerberus with Lazaridis and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) or Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)?
Market IQ clients got the first Early Signal at 7:20 AM, based on high Velocity1 (over 3X). The Velocity signal was expected due to high interest and chatter pertaining to the potential Fairfax buyout.
Some tweets from reliable users during pre-market hours which contributed to the high Velocity Early Signal are illustrated below:
Most interestingly, Michael Babad, news editor and online columnist at the Globe and Mail, hinted a high probability of the deal falling apart at 7:16AM — almost an hour before the news broke in.
The true strength of lightweight 140 character statements was felt at 8:12:11 a.m. EST, when Market IQ noted another tweet from Michael Babad stating that Blackberry had decided not to sell itself and is instead raising $1 billion, and replacing its CEO — three minutes before the first official news release.
This was followed by an official tweet from the Globe and Mail newspaper at 8:12:18 a.m. EST, which was followed by the first official news release at 8:15 a.m.
Within the first 5 minutes, by 8:19 a.m. the Globe and Mail tweet propelled through the social-verse to reach over 80K people and the Blackberry stock had plummeted more than 20% in pre-market trading.
1 Velocity is a measure of buzz in the market pertaining to a specific company. Market IQ baselines Velocity at 1X. Anything higher than 1X indicates an elevation of interest. Based on our backtesting, there is a strong correlation between Market IQ's Velocity metric and price volatility.
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