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Twitter CEO, co-founders not to sell shares after lockup ends

Twitter co-founders Evan Williams (L) and Jack Dorsey (C) walk together during the Twitter Inc. IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Excha
Twitter co-founders Evan Williams (L) and Jack Dorsey (C) walk together during the Twitter Inc. IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Excha

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and Chief Executive Richard Costolo have informed U.S. regulators that they did not plan to sell the microblogging company's shares after post-IPO restrictions are lifted in May.

Twitter, which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, had a 180-day restriction on sale of shares by early investors.

Another Twitter investor, Benchmark, informed regulators that it did not plan to sell the stock before or immediately after the expiration of the lockup period on May 5. (http://r.reuters.com/byg58v)

Benchmark Capital Management is among the top five investors in Twitter.

Twitter's shares, which were priced at $26 each in its IPO, were up 2 percent at $40.95 in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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