The Stock Market Enigma Surrounding Donald Trump’s New Media Firm | Economy

Presentation ceremony of the TRUTH Social platform of Donald Trump, on October 20 in Los Angeles.
Presentation ceremony of the TRUTH Social platform of Donald Trump, on October 20 in Los Angeles.CHRIS DELMAS (AFP)

From the long list of meme stocks what has left this year, Digital World Acquisition Corp’s could take the cake, analysts say. The stock market bell that this SPAC gave after reaching an agreement with the new media company of former President Donald Trump will be recorded in the annals as the maximum exponent of an exercise in which “meme shares” – an action that is gaining popularity among retail investors through social media platforms – they have become fashionable. Before Digital World, the AMC cinema chain, or the GameStop video game store, hit the wall on Wall Street, but Digital World’s association with Trump promises to bring more surprises: the mix of finances, ideology, profitability and spurious interests – those of Those who invest in the media platform of the likely candidate for reelection in 2024 – is so explosive that it is under the spotlight of suspicion.

Trump keeps making noise, a lot of noise. The alternate reality that he coined during his turbulent tenure is now taking shape in Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which will serve as a loudspeaker after being silenced on Google, Facebook and Twitter for encouraging the assault on the Capitol on January 6. The new business, or pulpit, of the magnate, is the eye of a political and stock market hurricane due to its characteristics, the identity of the investors and, above all, due to the investigation opened by Wall Street regulators to Digital World, a SPAC or A “blank check” company, as they are called in the US, which sells shares to the public and is already operating on Nasdaq, and with which Trump has partnered to go public. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC, the federal regulatory agency) investigates the details of the negotiation between the SPAC and TMTG.

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The share price of Digital World soared 1,657% after the announcement of the merger, breaking records that no one, not even analysts, can explain. Despite the red flags, the buzz among investors has led to an implied valuation of $ 10 billion for the company, according to Renaissance Capital. In addition, it has raised a billion dollars for Trump Media, no one knows from whom or from where.

Too much dust even for controversial Trump. In a trademark forward getaway, TMTG last week announced an agreement with Canada’s Rumble to provide video and streaming to TRUTH Social (VERDAD Social), Trump’s new social network and main product by TMTG. “As part of our mission [sic], Trump Media continues to align itself with service providers that do not discriminate based on political ideology, “the Republican, president of the firm, explained in a statement. “America is ready for TRUTH Social and to end the culture of cancellation,” he added. “Rumble was designed to be immune to the culture of cancellation,” explained the Canadian firm, which proposes “a free, open and neutral internet” while aligning itself with conspicuous ultras like Dan Bongino, a former member of the secret services turned into tribune of the conservative chain FOX.

Matthew Tuttle of Tuttle Capital Management underscores the murkiness surrounding the Trump Media-SPAC deal. “It’s been a wild ride since the announcement, going from $ 10 a share to $ 175, [incluso] now it’s about 50. It’s crazy that a SPAC, which has a ceiling of $ 10 per share, is trading so high, especially when the underlying merger is so murky. But being linked to Donald Trump makes this the most memorable meme of all. meme stocks, so everything is possible “, explains Tuttle by email, recalling the precedents of AMC and GameStop at the beginning of the year, and that the case of Digital World would multiply by a million, he emphasizes.

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“We must consider all this as a stake [del juego]Because it is what it is, ”sources from Renaissance Capital, who have not responded to a request for comment from this newspaper, explained to CNN television. “It seems that much of the valuation [de Digital World] it is based on hype and personal popularity of Donald Trump. That is not a solid justification for the investment, ”they add.

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One of the characteristics of the Trump-SPAC agreement is the scant information published on the basis of the business. And the ones that have been made public raise more questions than answers. Also the election as CEO of former Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, who lacks business experience in the technology and media sector beyond running his farm in California. Nunes is a loyal Trump acolyte and opposed certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

Because reasonable doubts go beyond the financial stage to reach politics: specifically, the potential use of TMTG in a hypothetical campaign for reelection. “Trump Media is not a campaign vehicle. In fact, as a Delaware-incorporated for-profit company, it is obligated to serve shareholders, ”recalls John Foley of Reuters’s Breaking views service in his analysis. “Channeling investments in a listed company that can facilitate and participate in the political debate, and in which Trump acts as president and director of the company, could be a leap forward.”

TMTG’s business forecasts are by no means modest, despite all the doubts raised. It expects to reach an audience of 81 million users in 2026 and an average revenue of $ 13.50 per customer. TMTG +, the platform for streaming, expects to have 40 million users in 2025, with a monthly fee of nine dollars, similar to that of popular platforms such as Netflix. “TMTG aspires to create a media powerhouse that will rival the liberal media consortium and fight the Big Tech companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in the United States,” TMTG said in its presentation. Finance, ideology, business or politics, what is really at stake? For now, judging by the tangle of information in this regard, there seems to be no solution to the enigma.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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