JPMorgan Chase reportedly in talks to buy minority share in Twitter
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is reportedly in talks to buy a stake in Twitter.
The investment could be made using money from a $1.2-billion "digital growth fund" that JPMorgan recently disclosed in a regulatory filing, according to reports -- all citing unnamed sources -- from the Associated Press, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
None of the rumors about the potential deal say whether JPMorgan would invest in Twitter directly or buy shares from current investors.
Just weeks ago, there was speculation that Google and Facebook were interested in buying Twitter for about $10 billion -- rumors that Twiter founder Biz Stone and Chief Executive Dick Costolo both have denied.
Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz invested $80 million in Twitter this month by purchasing stock on secondary markets from investors.
In December, Twitter raised $200 million in a round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which valued the company at $3.7 billion.
In January, research group eMarketer projected that Twitter could triple its advertising revenue to $150 million in 2011 and $250 million in 2012.
JPMorgan reported last month that its profit rose 48% to $17.4 billion in 2010.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Photos: (Top) People walk past the JPMorgan Chase headquarters in New York on March 17, 2008. Credit: Don Emmert / AFP/Getty Images. (Bottom) A Twitter sign at the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press