Why Is Digital World Acquisition (DWAC) Stock Up 20% Today?


  • Digital World Acquisition (DWAC) stock is rising alongside a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  • This has to do with its planned special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger with Trump Media and Technology Group.
  • This would see it pay an $18 million fine if the merger goes through.
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Digital World Acquisition (NASDAQ:DWAC) stock is on the move Friday after the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) reached a settlement on fraud charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

This settlement has to do with a few actions of Digital World Acquisition that the SEC took issue with. The company, which is planning to take former President Donald Trump’s Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) public, may have to pay $18 million as a result.

The settlement will only go into effect if the company completes its merger with the Truth Social parent company. If it doesn’t and returns money to investors, then DWAC won’t have to pay that $18 million settlement.

The issues brought up by the SEC include insider trading of DWAC stock, negotiations with Trump Media and Technology Group before the initial public offering (IPO) and former Digital World CEO Patrick Orlando’s failure to disclose his interest in a separate deal with TMTG.

What This Means for DWAC Stock

Digital World Acquisition hasn’t expressed any intent to back down from its deal with Trump Media and Technology Group. Instead, it looks like the company will move forward with the SPAC merger, which has a deadline of Jan. 1, 2025.

Investors are also seeing heavy trading of DWAC stock following today’s SEC news. That has more than 415,000 shares of the stock changing hands, as compared to its daily average of around 304,000 shares.

DWAC stock is up 20.4% as of Friday morning.

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