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Founder of hedge fund Kynikos Associates and renowned short-seller Jim Chanos is not as confident as he used to be that shorting Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is a good idea. Chanos said he cut the size of his short position on Tesla.
He told Bloomberg that he had never met Tesla's CEO Elon Musk or spoke to him. When asked what he would tell him if he did, Chanos said: “I’d say, 'job well done so far.'”
The short seller still disagrees with Tesla's business model and valuation. However, he justifies his betting failures on the grounds that retail investors have unconditional trust in Tesla and help keep stock prices up, not that he lacks professionalism.
He said it's easier than ever to find companies that look attractive to sell short, but many bearish bets just don't work. Chanos argues that the firm usually makes about two-thirds of its choices right, but only one-third of its short positions currently pay off.
Tesla continues to show growth in production, sales, and development in various markets around the world. The company's market capitalization has skyrocketed to over $550 billion. In 2020, short-sellers suffered colossal losses on Tesla, which is gradually forcing them to cut their short positions. While short-sellers don't directly admit they were wrong about Tesla, the facts speak for themselves.
In early April 2020, Chanos said his firm had warned customers that the Tesla rally, which ran from November 2019 to February 2020, would no longer last. But we have all heard such statements many times before, which in the end turned out to be false, and simply did not reflect reality.
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