Pinterest shares soar following report PayPal may buy it

A banner for the online image board Pinterest Inc. hangs from the New York Stock Exchange on the morning that Pinterest makes its initial public offering on April 18, 2019.

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Shares of Pinterest soared Wednesday morning on a Bloomberg report that PayPal may acquire the social media company.

The company’s stock was halted twice, before gaining 11% as of late morning. PayPal, meanwhile, dipped more than 3% on the news.

A Pinterest spokesperson declined to comment.

PayPal has discussed acquiring the company for a potential price of around $70 apiece, which would value Pinterest at about $39 billion, according to Bloomberg. Pinterest stock closed at $55.58 per share on Tuesday.

PayPal has largely benefitted from the boom in online shopping since the start of the pandemic. A potential acquisition of Pinterest could push the company into social commerce, a growing space that other tech giants are already working on.

Facebook, for example, has heavily pushed into making Instagram shoppable.

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