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Amid Musk's Struggles, a Win for His Enemies

Short sellers are doing well since the CEO's tweet 2 weeks ago
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2018 12:53 PM CDT
Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a news conference on June 14, 2018.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

(Newser) – The SEC is investigating Elon Musk's now-famous tweet about taking Tesla private, and one reason is to see whether he set out to punish investors who were betting against his company, reports Vox. If so, he did not succeed. Though Tesla's share price rose from $350 to $387 the day of his Aug. 7 tweet, it has since fallen below the initial mark. (It was around $321 on Tuesday afternoon.) Both Vox and the Guardian estimate that short sellers have made more than $1 billion since the tweet. The latter newspaper also notes that Musk has a history of battling with short sellers, a battle that has become increasingly "vituperative and personal." For example, he approved of a taunting tweet, a pair of shorts, sent to one fund manager. (Read more Tesla stories.)

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