Plantronics Stock May Fall After Potential Deal Falters

November 26, 2018
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Plantronics stock (NYSE: PLT) jumped significantly at the beginning of this month when it was announced that the company was involved in negotiations to sell its business. Investors were optimistic that a sale would result in significant shareholder returns. Those who speculated may now be left scrambling to sell their stock, as it was announced on Sunday that negotiations with Logitech, a Swiss technology company, had ended with no deal.

Plantronics Stock Losses Likely for Monday Trading

Plantronics was up on the stock market at the end of last week. Friday’s short trading session closed with a 10.91% increase in value, equating to 5.56 points for the stock.

The buying frenzy on Friday was largely triggered by a report from Reuters. The global news agency released a story at the end of last week saying that Logitech had offered $2.2 billion for Plantronics. It was expected that the deal could be announced early this week.

Logitech put an end to the speculation on Sunday, when it released a statement saying that it was no longer involved in talks with Plantronics. While the Swiss company did admit that previous negotiations had taken place, all existing discussions were terminated. Logitech declined to make any further statements on the matter.

Plantronics is yet to release a statement, although it is possible that the company will speak publicly or directly to investors this week. While the Logitech deal clearly has no traction, there may be other options that have not been reported on.

A Timely Reminder for Investors

This development is a reminder of just how volatile and unforgiving the stock market can be. All investment can be considered a form of speculation, however, speculating based on news stories can come with risk, especially when the news relates to something as serious as a company sale.

While predictions of sales and mergers can come true, they just as often result in no change to a business structure. When reality doesn’t meet investor expectations, there will almost certainly be reversal in stock value momentum.

Always weigh the risk when deciding to invest in a company based on unconfirmed news. Just as past performance has no guarantee of future performance, a potential sale or change in company structure is no guarantee of a signed deal.

 

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