NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report  were increasing in mid-afternoon trading on Tuesday as the social media giant's board is expected to meet on Thursday where it could discuss Twitter's fate as a standalone company, sources said, according to Recode

Twitter has recently been speculated as a takeover target by major corporate entities like Alphabet (GOOGL), Apple (AAPL) or by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, either through 21st Century Fox (FOXA) or News Corp (NWSA). 

Last week, the company's co-founder and board member Ev Williams spoke to CNBC about the company's future and said that it has to "consider the right options." The comments sent the stock higher by more than 5%. 

If Twitter were approached by a buyer, the acquisition would likely take the same shape as Microsoft's (MSFT) $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn (LNKD), with Twitter being valued at more than $18 billion, Recode added. 

The company could become more appealing to buyers if it issued another round of layoffs, similar to the 8% employee reduction it put in place last October. It could also explore selling off units like Vine or Fabric.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:

The team rates Twitter as a Sell with a ratings score of D. This is driven by some concerns, which it believes should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks it covers. Among the areas the team feels are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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