Tesla's Rally Creates $1 Billion Headache for Its Army of Shorts
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July 21 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Tesla's Rally Creates $1 Billion Headache for Its Army of Shorts

This article for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

The 10% surge in Tesla Inc. shares Thursday after the electric-vehicle maker reported strong earnings is creating one notable group of losers: The pile of traders betting against the stock. 

Tesla is the most shorted stock in the world, with almost 3% of its float held in short-selling positions. S3 Partners estimates that these investors are taking in more than $1 billion in mark-to-market losses just on Thursday’s surge. That drives their losses this month to $2.67 billion, according to S3.

“Tesla short sellers were actively trimming their exposure ahead of the earnings release, covering 2.09 million shares, worth $1.55 billion, over the last 30 days,” S3’s managing director of predictive analytics Ihor Dusaniwsky wrote in a note. Short sellers could continue to get squeezed out of their positions due to such “large and sudden losses,” he wrote.

Eoin Treacy's view

Tesla is very dependent on the recent uptick in Chinese sales persisting. That’s not something anyone has had to worry about for a long time, but it is a subject everyone will be familiar with over the coming year. Meanwhile the correction in copper and other battery metals is a positive.

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