NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report were surging 5.39% to $19.37 in mid-afternoon trading on Wednesday after co-founder Ev Williams told BloombergTV that the San Francisco-based social network must consider all options amid takeover speculation. 

"We're in a strong position now, and as a board member we have to consider the right options," Williams told Bloomberg's Emily Chang.

Twitter has been mentioned as a potential takeover target previously, with shares climbing 9% earlier this month following speculation that Microsoft (MSFT) might purchase it. 

If Twitter is unable to turn around its business by mid-2017, it could be sold, Axiom Capital's Victor Anthony said, according to Bloomberg.

Shares are down about 16% so far this year as revenue growth has missed analysts' expectations. 

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates the stock as a "sell" with a ratings score of D.

Twitter's weaknesses include a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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