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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.Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesShares 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 more than 10% 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. Pinterest went public in April 2019, where it was valued at just over $10 billion.PayPal has largely benefitted from the boom in online shopping since the start of the pandemic. Last year, the company pitted itself against the growing buy-now-pay-later companies with its “Pay in 4” offering. 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. Last summer, it began testing a dedicated “Shop” tab on its home screen. It also lets users shop through regular Instagram posts, Live, Stories and its Explore feed, and has tested shopping on its short-form video feature Reels. Social commerce lets companies track clicks and purchases within their respective apps, so they can prove the effectiveness of ads to advertisers. It also could allow the companies to receive a cut of each transaction.

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