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Elon Musk Tweets About Tesla Sales, the SEC, and a Special Offer From SpaceX

Tesla’s model 3 is now one of the five top-selling sedans in America (while sales of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are down 28 percent through September), Bloomberg reports. Elon Musk tweeted out a link to their article on Thursday — but it was his other tweet, a satirical criticism of the SEC, that made headlines. MarketWatch reports:

Tesla shares ended 7% lower on Friday as Wall Street reacted to Musk’s tweet seemingly out of nowhere late Thursday about the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission.” Musk also tweeted that day that short sellers were “value destroyers” and should be illegal. Friday’s losses for Tesla “produced more than half a billion in paper profit for the shorts,” S3 Partners LLC, which tracks real-time short interest data, said in a note. Since news of the Musk’s settlement with the SEC, shorts are up $941 million, S3 Partners said. “Clearly short positions are building in the wake of strong selling by longs, as Musk demonstrates a refusal to keep away from controversy,” the note said.
The article notes that last Saturday the SEC settled charges that Musk misled investors with a tweet about taking Tesla private. “Terms of the settlement included requiring Tesla to rein in Musk’s social-media communications, but it was unclear when Tesla intends to implement that…. The settlement has yet to be court-approved.”

On Friday Musk was back on point, tweeting out the news that Tesla owners “can refer someone to buy a Tesla & get any image they want laser etched in glass & sent to deep space for millions of years.”


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