Share prices fluctuate every day, and are particularly prone to change when the company concerned features in the news. We studied some particularly noteworthy instances of this, to demonstrate how a single event, and public perception, can have a major effect on a company’s value.
Before the oil spill, BP’s share price was fluctuating around 650 GBp(Great British pence). In the months that followed, this price decreased steadily, reaching a low of 304.6p. Since then, the price has recovered significantly, sitting at 546p.
Weight Watchers’ share price before and after Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globe speech
The biggest rise in our analysis occurred in thanks to Oprah Winfrey, a shareholder and icon of Weight Watchers. Her January 2018 speech at the Golden Globes awards increased the value of Weight Watchers’ shares by 14%, from US$46.91 to $52.62. Since then, Weight Watchers’ shares have risen higher still, to $64.52.
Other drops in share price
Tesla share price before and after Elon Musk’s emotional interview
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Charlie Barton is a publisher at Finder. He specialises in banking and investments products, including banking apps, current accounts, share-dealing platforms and stocks and shares ISAs. Charlie has a first-class degree from the London School of Economics, and in his spare time enjoys long walks on the beach.
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