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The $40 Million Tweet!

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A tweet in August sent by Elon Musk has cost the entrepreneur dearly.

Elon Musk and his infamous tweet from August has now cost the billionaire $40 million and so much more.

The “420 tweet”, in which CEO Musk teased at plans to take Tesla private, led to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charging Musk with securities fraud.

“Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured, ” Musk said. “Shareholders could either to sell at 420 or hold shares & go private.”

Obviously, this tweet caused Tesla stock (TSLA) to fluctuate greatly. These volatile movements were further perpetuated by small groups of (TSLA) investors confirming that several meetings did indeed take place wherein Tesla CEO, Elon Musk discussed taking the company private.

If (TSLA) reached $420 a share it would value the innovative automaker at roughly $70 billion, far beyond its current market cap of $45.1 billion.

Allegedly the $420 price target was no more then an “inside joke” between Elon Musk and his girlfriend, musician Grimes. According to reports he used the $420 price target to amuse her.

Musk then emailed Tesla (TSLA) employees, commenting on the volatility:

“As a public company, we are subject to wild swings in our stock price that can be a major distraction for everyone working at Tesla, all of whom are shareholders. Being public also subjects us to the quarterly earnings cycle that puts enormous pressure on Tesla to make decisions that may be right for a given quarter, but not necessarily right for the long-term.

Finally, as the most shorted stock in the history of the stock market, being public means that there are large numbers of people who have the incentive to attack the company.”

No matter the reasoning behind a wish to take the automaker private, the way in which Musk made his announcement caused SEC to act.

Regardless of the motivation to take Tesla private the way that Elon Musk chose to announce the intention of the company caused the SEC to act.

Last week, the commission charged Musk with securities fraud over his public tweet, claiming that the executive made “a series of false and misleading tweets” over the company’s future.

Last week the SEC charged Elon Musk with securities fraud over his “420 tweet”, claiming that Musk made “a series of false and misleading tweets” over (TSLA)’s future.

The SEC stated on Thursday (9/27/2018) that “Musk had not discussed specific deal terms with any potential financing partners, and he allegedly knew that the potential transaction was uncertain and subject to numerous contingencies.”

In addition, the tweet “led to significant market disruption,” according to the commission.

Over the weekend, SEC settled with the Tesla CEO, charging Musk $20 million and Tesla a further $20 million.

Over the weekend (9/28 – 9/30) Elon Musk settled with the SEC, charging the Tesla CEO $20 million personally and an additional $20 million to (TSLA) directly.

The SEC said Musk has not admitted or denied the allegations but has agreed to step down as Tesla’s Chairman and will not seek re-election for at least three years.

Tesla will appoint an independent chairman to replace Elon Musk, and will further appoint an additional two directors.

In addition, SEC has insisted on some new measures of control over the CEO in the future through “a new committee of independent directors and additional controls and procedures to oversee Musk’s communications.”

The $40 million fine will be “distributed to harmed investors under a court-approved process,” SEC says.

“As a result of the settlement, Elon Musk will no longer be chairman of Tesla, Tesla’s board will adopt important reforms — including an obligation to oversee Musk’s communications with investors-and both will pay financial penalties,” said Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “The resolution is intended to prevent further market disruption and harm to Tesla’s shareholders.”

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As Tesla (TSLA) Stock Price Consolidates, What Should You Watch?

Joe Samuel

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In the past few weeks, Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock price has been making headlines for various reasons. Currently, the electric vehicle maker is making headlines after its decision to reintroduce unlimited supercharging for owners of the Model S sedan and Model X cars.

Unlimited free supercharging for Model S and Model X

This is not the first time the company is offering free supercharging benefits and this shouldn’t be a big deal. However, for investors who are reading between the lines, this can be unsettling for Tesla stock price. Investors are still not sure what motivated the decision to bring back the free supercharging for life hardly a year after it was phased out.

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It is expensive for the company to power cars of customers for life when it has been facing unprofitability issues. The company has been laying off employees and cutting costs to show that it can be profitable in the long-term. Following the announcement of Q2 earnings Tesla stock dipped 10% after the company announced a net loss of around $408 that was almost three times what Wall Street analysts had predicted on a per-share basis.

Free supercharge for life to boost sales of Model S and Model X cars

The return of free charging is a desperate move by Tesla as it looks to boost sales of the Model S and Model X vehicles. For months bears have argued that the low-margin Model 3 car is the reason there is low demand for these premium profitable models.

For instance, in Q2 Model X sales were down 40% while Model S registrations dropped 54% in California which by far is Tesla’s biggest market. On the other hand Model 3 sales doubled in the quarter. Although this might look like good news for the company it is nonetheless not if the low margin Model 3 is eating into the demand for higher-margin models. 

If the company at some point phased out free supercharging then it will be pulling forthcoming sales forward. That with disappearing tax credits may help in creating a future demand vacuum for Model X and Model S vehicles.

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Auto Stock Prices In Jeopardy After Latest Earnings Reports From Ford & Tesla

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After disappointing earnings, both Ford stock price and Tesla stock price fall

The automobile industry has been through its fair share of troubles over the past few years, due to a range of factors. However, it cannot be denied that one company that has been going through a prolonged churn is Ford, one of the giants of the industry.

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On the other hand, electric car manufacturing giant Tesla has had a rollercoaster ride for years now. That continues to be the case for the company. This week, both these companies released their Q2 2019 earnings and the results proved to be disappointing.

Ford Stock Price

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) released its earnings on Thursday. Unfortunately, the results proved to be a major disappointment for investors. In addition to that, the company’s projections for the full year also proved to be well short of expectations.

Back in April, the shares had attained the biggest gains in a decade after the carmaker beat expectations, but the second-quarter results have dented the stock considerably. The Ford stock price declined by as much as 7.45% following the results, which is the biggest single-day fall since January 17 and the next few days could prove to be crucial.

On the other hand, the earnings for the full year were projected to be in the range of $1.20 and $1.35 a share. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.40 a share.

Tesla Stock Price

On the other hand, electric car maker Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) may have generated record deliveries. But the company’s losses widened and the resignation of co-founder J. B. Straubel didn’t help matters either. However, one of the bigger reasons behind the Tesla stock price tanking by as much as 14% on Thursday was the fact that CEO Elon Musk seemed to backpedal on his promise about turning a profit in the remaining quarters this year.

Although Musk did reiterate the company’s quest to turn a profit in the next two quarters, he seemed to stress more on the growth of volumes and enhancement of production capacity. Analysts believe the company needs to increase its margins if it wants to become a serious player in the industry.

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Tesla Stock Price Makes Smart Recovery; Production, Sales Jump

Jon Phillip

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Tesla stock price has made a recovery, no matter how brief it may be. New light on the company’s production could be a key factor in recent moves for TSLA stock

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) may have had a highly disappointing start to 2019 when it reported shrinking deliveries. Naturally, Tesla stock price dove as well. However, in its latest quarter, the electric car manufacturing generated record-breaking delivery figures. All of a sudden it became a far more attractive proposition for investors.

Key Drivers For Tesla Stock Price

In addition to better delivery data, there are many other factors generating interest on Tesla stock price. It has emerged that Tesla plans to consolidate its position as the leader of the electric car manufacturing industry. The company is ramping up hiring. It is trying to take its production capabilities to higher levels in the coming quarters.

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It is important to note that optimism around TSLA stock has been bullish since June. Thus far it has rallied by as much as 35% during the period. The news about the hiring spree from Tesla came after a leaked e-mail. The e-mail mentioned Tesla will hire more workers to ramp up production at its Freemont, California plant.

The push towards higher production started from the record-breaking performance from Tesla in its latest quarter. In addition to that, the presence of the factory in Shanghai will also allow the company to raise production capabilities. It could also help Tesla reach its annual target of 400,00 deliveries.

Earnings Forecast For Tesla

Analysts estimate that the loss per share for 2019 will be $1.68, which is lower than the previous estimate of $1.79. On top of that, analysts have also estimated that Tesla is going to have $5.05 worth of profits per share next year. That is definitely a significant argument in favor of Tesla stock. That being said, other factors like subsidies and geopolitical factors could impact the stock. Investors should be careful about those risks as well.

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