$420/share is not even visible in the rear-view mirror as Tesla Inc (TSLA) roars past $500/share and closes at $524,86/share. Tesla is now up over 25% in 2020 and up +193% since 2019 low of $178.97/share on June 3rd.
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Tesla Inc (TSLA) is truly a tale of two securities, while the stock is up a respectable +21% for the year, it is up a blistering +126% since itâ€™s low of $178.97 on June 3rd.
Tesla short sellers were in the â€śbest of timesâ€ť and up +$5.16 billion in net-of-financing mark-to-market profits as Tesla lost -46% of its value from January 1st to June 3rd 2019, nearly offsetting the -$5.75 billion of mark-to-market losses they incurred from 2016-2018.
GrubHub Inc (GRUB) short sellers were already up +$369 million, +32%, in year-to-date mark-to-market profits before GRUB reported disappointing earnings and a fourth quarter revenue guidance that was well below analystsâ€™ expectations. GRUBâ€™s stock price reacted to a flood of long selling and is down over -40% on the day. Shorts are up over half a $ billion of net-of-financing mark-to-market profits on the price drop.
Tesla Incâ€™s (TSLA) stock price rallied over 20% in aftermarket trading yesterday and the rally has carried forward to todayâ€™s open. TSLA is up 16.5% in mid-morning trading and short sellers are, as Elon Musk stated earlier in the year, â€śfeeling the burn.â€ť TSLA short interest is $8.31 billion; 32.62 million shares shorted; 23.13% of its float; 0.58% stock borrow fee. TSLA is the second largest short in the U.S. equity market behind Apple Inc (AAPL) with $10.47 billion of short interest.
Tesla Incâ€™s (TSLA) stock price had been dropping and its shares shorted were increasing for most of the first half of 2019. TSLA short sellers were up +$5.16 billion in mark-to-market net-of financing profits as of June 3rd when TSLA hit its year-to-date low of $178.97/share. In just over six months, TSLA shorts were $128 million shy of recouping their 2016-2018 mark-to-market losses of -$5.29 billion.
After a three-month buildup from May to July, Netflix Inc (NFLX) short sellers have been slowly trimming their exposure to the online media giant with 1.8 million shares covered, -7.48%, since the beginning of August. NFLX is the 6th largest short in the U.S. market and continues to be the largest short in the Movies and Entertainment Sector. NFLX short interest is $6.2 billion; 21.85 million shares shorted; 5.10% of its float and a 0.30% stock borrow fee (general collateral.)
While there are several Electric Vehicles (EVs) being produced by Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) manufactures such as the Chevy Bolt, Ford Focus, Toyota Prius and the Nissan Leaf and there are many EV manufacturers such as Bollinger, Byton, Lucid and Polestar planning to deliver EVâ€™s in the next few years there are only two major EV producers that are truly shortable â€“ Nio Inc ADR (NIO US) and Tesla Inc (TSLA US). Both NIO and TSLA have been actively shorted in 2019 with positive year-to-date results.
TeslaÂ short int is $9.48bn; 39.17mm shs shorted; 27.76% of float; 0.58% borrow fee. Shs shorted down -579k shs in Sept as price rose 7.3%; and up +424k, +1%, over the last week. Shorts are up +$2.44bn, +27.2%, in YTD mark-to-market profits, but down -$683mm, -7.4%, in Sept.
Short selling in Netflix Inc (NFLX US) has been decreasing since the end of July even though its stock price continued to fall, but we should expect short selling to increase as Apple Inc (AAPL US) announced its own streaming service called Apple TV+ that will launch in November at a price of $4.99 per month. Apple joins The Walt Disney Co (DIS US) and Amazon Inc (AMZN US) in a crowded entertainment segment that Netflix was once the undisputed leader. Netflix shares trades down almost -4% after the announcement and is now down -2.16% at the close.
Short selling in Apple, Inc (AAPL US) stock has been very muted ahead of Apple Event 2019 â€“ the iPhone 11 launch. AAPL short interest is $10.03 billion; 46.82 million shares shorted; 1.17% of its float with a 0.30% borrow fee (General Collateral â€“ the easiest and cheapest to borrow stock.) Apple is now the largest U.S. short, jumping ahead of Tesla (TSLA US) in early August.