On Oct 4, 2013, Twitter announced that its ticker symbol after
it went public would be TWTR.
But some investors were so eager to own Twitter, that they
started buying the ticker TWTRQ, a penny stock, apparently
mistaking it for Twitter even though it hadn't yet gone public.
TWTRQ was actually Tweeter Home Entertainment Group and it
traded over-the-counter. The volume and price of TWTRQ soared. At
one point, it traded up over 1000% before closing on the day up
Regulators were so concerned about investors mistakenly buying
the wrong company, that Tweeter actually changed its ticker symbol
shortly after to THEGQ.
But that wasn't the last time investors have bought the "wrong"
Just this week, after Google announced it was acquiring Nest for
$3.2 billion, shares of Nestor, with the ticker (you guessed it) of
NEST, soared from less than a penny to 10 cents before closing at 4
Unfortunately for those investors, the "Nest" Google was
acquiring was privately owned. Nestor, which jumped, had nothing to
do with the deal.
But it's not just new tickers and acquisitions that can
Over the last month, there have also been jokes on social
media that the recent surge in Potash shares, ticker POT, could be
the case of mistaken identity with one of the popular marijuana
stocks, Growlife, ticker PHOT.
Have you ever bought the wrong stock by mistake?
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