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Tesla bear Jim Chanos isn’t shorting $TSLA anymore, he’s moved to a Put position

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) bear Jim Chanos is no longer shorting the automaker’s stock. Instead, Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company’s longtime skeptic has moved on to a “Put” position.

Chanos said in an interview with CNBC that he has abandoned the “Short” position he once held on Tesla stock, SeekingAlpha reported. Evidently, the losses came to be too much for the investor to handle, so he has moved on. Interestingly, Chanos commended Musk in December for a job well done, admitting defeat but not moving his belief that TSLA stock will eventually meet its demise.

Short and put positions are similar because they are fundamentally used in a bearish manner to predict the decline of a security or index. Short selling involves the sale of a security not owned by the seller but borrowed and then sold in the market to be brought back up at a later time. If the stock rises and doesn’t fall, it opens the potential for large-scale losses.

Put options give the buyer the right to sell an underlying asset at an agreed price in an option contract. The maximum loss is the premium paid within the option.

Still not a true believer in Tesla’s valuation or its label as the world’s most valuable automaker, Chanos recognized that EPS estimates for the automaker in January 2019 for the 2022 and 2023 fiscal years were higher than what they are today, even though the stock was trading at only $50 per share split-adjusted.

That kind of tells you a little bit about what’s happened in the marketplace in that valuations have just gone parabolic for basically a company that’s still, in the eyes of analysts, earning at or below where they thought it would be earning two years ago. That’s kind of incredible,” he said.

But since January 2019, Tesla has grown significantly. The company only had one production facility in operation at the time, and Giga Berlin wouldn’t be announced until November of the same year. Tesla was only building three vehicles, and only one of them, the Model 3, was a mass-market car geared toward affordable price points that would open the doors for a wide-range EV adoption across the world. Tesla had already announced Giga Shanghai by this point, but the project was far from complete and wouldn’t start delivering vehicles until January 2020.

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January 2019 also saw the company’s Q4 2018 Earnings Call and the release of delivery and production figures for the electric automaker. In the final quarter of 2018, Tesla manufactured 86,555 cars, 61,394 of them were the Model 3. For the year, the company delivered 245,240 cars in total. It was Tesla’s third profitable quarter all-time at that point.

In comparison, Tesla more than doubled that output in 2020. It produced over 509,000 vehicles in 2020 alone, with 98% of them being delivered, leaving little room for inventory or “falling demand” arguments. Tesla managed to deliver 180,570 cars in Q4 2020 alone, well over 50% of the 2018 full-year delivery figures.

Additionally, Tesla short-sellers, bears, and skeptics alike rarely consider that the company is more than an automaker. With a line of sustainable energy products at competitive prices, Tesla has an energy sector that has cause for major disruption moving forward. Billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya says that Tesla will “double and triple again” after its energy business takes off, which could spell even worse news for Chanos and other short-sellers moving forward.

Disclaimer: Joey Klender is a TSLA Shareholder.

Tesla bear Jim Chanos isn’t shorting $TSLA anymore, he’s moved to a Put position

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Michelin launches first EV tire designed for Electric Sports Vehicles

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Michelin announced the launch of its Pilot Sport EV tire, which was specifically created and designed for high-performance electric cars. The Pilot Sport EV tire will probably be popular among Tesla owners who love to take their vehicles to the track.

According to Michelin, the Pilot Sport EVs feature optimal grip on both dry and wet roads, and they have great resistance to wear. The Pilot Sport EV tire’s robust design might be notable to owners who love the track, considering that high-performance electric cars like the Tesla Model 3 Performance tend to wear out their tires quickly if they are driven extremely hard.

The Pilot Sport EV tires are also optimized with low rolling resistance, enabling range improvements of up to 37 miles. Michelin did an internal study last year with an electric car weighing 2,151 kg (4,700 lbs) that resulted in the vehicle traveling 60 km further when it was equipped with the Pilot Sport EV tires.

Michelin noted that the Pilot Sport EVs are also designed to have 20% less road noise, thanks to some custom-developed polyurethane foam that muffles sounds. Road noise is a notable issue for EVs, which may be why companies like DSP Concepts work hard to bring noise cancellation technology into the cabin. Tesla’s Model S and Model X refresh were specifically listed with noise cancellation technologies when announced.

Michelin’s Pilot Sport EV tires will also be eco-friendly. The tire manufacturing company has pledged to neutralize the CO2 emissions associated with tire production and transport to its point of sale. Michelin’s efforts would make the EV-centric tires just as friendly to the environment as the high-performance electric vehicles they support.

The Pilot Sport EV tires are already available in China and are expected to be available in Europe and North America by Q3 2021. Customers can choose between 16 sizes for 18 to 22-inch rims.

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Tesla slump gives shorts $3.5B profit, but they’re still losing big

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has had a rare down streak of days during trading sessions in the final full week of February. As a result, short-sellers of the automaker’s stock have pocketed a $3.5 billion profit, but they’re still losing big in the grand scheme of things.

For the week, Tesla is down around $79, or 10.37% at the time of writing. It is uncommon to see Tesla in the red, especially after the automaker turned the uncertainty of 2020 into its biggest and most successful year in company history.

However, volatility struck, and the company has suffered a streak of days that have turned the week into one Tesla investors will want to forget. Inversely, short-sellers of Elon Musk’s company are finally getting something to celebrate as new data from Ortex, an analytics firm, shows that they have made $3.5 billion this week.

Ortex data says (via Reuters):

“Short-sellers are sitting on estimated profits of $3.5 billion from their bearish positions on Tesla shares in the past seven days, as of Feb 23, data from financial analytics firm Ortex showed on Thursday.”

A rare victory for the skeptics of Elon Musk’s car company, Tesla’s short-sellers are still down around $35 billion since the beginning of 2020. Last year, data showed that those who bet against Tesla in the stock market lost close to $40 billion after a 700% surge in the automaker’s stock sent the company into the stratosphere. Short-sellers couldn’t say the same, as some admitted that Tesla’s performance on Wall Street was one of the major contributors to their portfolio’s value fluctuation.

One of these was David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital Re, who has held verbal spats with Musk in the past. During Greenlight’s Q4 2020 report, Einhorn admitted he was happy with his firm’s performance during the tough year. However, Tesla ruined Einhorn’s 2020 from being one of the best in his career as an investor, as “Tesla mania,” as he called it, also spoiled his Q3 Earnings report.

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“Tesla cars are not a fad; if they were, Tesla would sell many more than it does,” the Greenlight Capital Q4 2020 Earnings Letter said. “The fad is in owning TSLA stock. We have equipped before that twice a silly stock price is not twice as silly; it’s still just silly. But what about 20 times a silly price? In the 2000 internet bubble, Cisco Systems peaked out at 29x revenue, which would be a discount to where TSLA now trades.”

Tesla shares are trading at $682.22 currently. The drop has been attributed to surging commodities, Tesla’s investment in Bitcoin experiencing a slight pullback, and perhaps the news of Model 3 lines being shut down temporarily at the Fremont factory.

Disclosure: Joey Klender is a TSLA Shareholder.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster spotted at Texas rocket testing HQ

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Three weeks after the building-sized rocket was spotted on its way to Texas, SpaceX’s next new Falcon Heavy ‘center core’ has gone vertical at the company’s rocket testing headquarters.

Spotted by a local resident on February 25th after hearing an exceptionally loud (“house shak[ing]”) static fire the night prior, the Falcon Heavy booster may have been responsible for that commotion. All three Falcon Heavy cores and “single-stick” Falcon 9 boosters use the same setup of nine Merlin 1D engines and offer more or less identical performance on their own, so Wednesday’s unusually loud tests were probably just a fluke of atmospheric attenuation.

Still, SpaceX’s Falcon booster static fires are likely the loudest tests it performs at McGregor, making Falcon Heavy center core B1065 (or B1066) the most obvious culprit. If that’s the case and the last of the latest batch of three new Falcon Heavy boosters has been successfully qualified with a full-duration static fire, SpaceX is firmly on track for the rocket’s next launch.

As previously discussed on Teslarati, a US Space Force spokesperson recently spoke with Spaceflight Now, revealing a slight delay from late-May or June to July 2021 for Falcon Heavy’s fourth launch. Known as USSF-44, the mystery mission could be followed by another Falcon Heavy launch – USSF-52 – as early as October 2021, a turnaround that seems improbable without USSF-44 side booster reuse or a major uptick in booster production and testing.

The center core now vertical at SpaceX’s McGregor campus was previously spotted making its way through East Texas on February 3rd, representing a fairly quick turnaround if the booster did perform a static fire just three weeks later.

SpaceX could be ready to send the booster onwards to Florida in early March if that brisk pace continues, leaving a comfortable amount of time to complete, test, and deliver Falcon Heavy Flight 4’s payload fairing and expendable upper stage. The mission will debut Falcon Heavy’s expendable-center-core configuration, meaning that at least one more new center core will be headed through McGregor within the next few months if the rocket’s Flight 5 (USSF-52) schedule is to hold.

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Tesla Model 3 has strong showing in China, but slides to 2nd place in sales

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Tesla has hit a home run with its Model 3 in many markets, including China, where the company’s first international Gigafactory is located. However, China is thirsty for EVs, especially as it is the largest car market in the world, and the country’s government is trying to convince drivers to switch to more sustainable transportation. Tesla may have met its match in the Wuling HongGuang Mini EV, a vehicle from General Motors that captured the silver medal in the 2020 Chinese EV sales figures. Despite a strong showing from the Model 3 in 2020 as it captured the gold medal and beat out the Wuling HongGuang Mini EV by nearly 21,000 units for the year, Tesla’s mass-market sedan will have its work cut out for it, as the GM-built electric vehicle put on a strong performance in January 2021.

New figures from the EV Sales Blog indicate that the Wuling HongGuang Mini EV sold a whopping 36,762 cars in the country in the first month of the new year, beating out the second-place Model 3 by nearly 23,000 units. Tesla sold the Model 3 13,843 times in China. Still, that number wouldn’t necessarily line up with Tesla’s Giga Shanghai production figures, which estimate nearly 250,000 all-electric sedans are manufactured at the facility every year. This would equate to around 5,000 per week or roughly 20,800 cars per month.

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Based on Tesla usually not holding much inventory of its vehicles, this would indicate that close to 7,000 vehicles are unaccounted for, and they are being exported to other markets. This is a move Tesla has been making for several months to deal with growing demand in Europe as the Giga Berlin project, a new factory in Brandenberg, Germany, rallies on. Tesla expects the German facility to be operational later this year, with estimates most commonly referring to Summer 2021 as the most accurate timeline.

While the Model 3 dominated several months last year and ultimately was the highest-selling EV in China in 2020, the Wuling Honguang Mini EV was undoubtedly its best competition. The GM-made car stole December from the Model 3 by selling around 9,600 more units. The slow months from the Model 3 aren’t expected to continue, the EV Sales Blog says. The website expects the Model 3 to “continue cruising at around 15k-20k units per month,” based on past months where manufacturing wasn’t interrupted or slowed.

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The widely-robust car market in China is highly competitive. As Tesla continues to develop its products in the country, there is plenty of room for growth, especially as Giga Berlin will begin operation in the coming months. China’s sales figures have been strong for Tesla. The competitive nature of the ever-growing EV market in the country bodes well for Tesla and others in the sector.

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