Tuesday, May 11, 2021

"Tesla Shares Plunge Almost 7% After Company Reportedly Halts Plans To Expand In China" (TSLA)

Well don't that beat all? 

The stock is changing hands at $588.80, down another 6.40% following yesterday's 6.44% hit.

From ZeroHedge:

It's amazing how natural market forces can take a hold of companies when market makers aren't constantly scrambling to hedge against massive purchases of deep out of the money call options.

On that note, Tesla shares are getting pasted to the tune of another 6% on Tuesday in the pre-market session, following through on yesterday's nearly 5% plunge and helping drag down S&P futures 0.7% heading into the cash open. Nasdaq futures are down 1.3% at the same time, setting up what could be an ugly follow through for the likes of Tesla uber-bull Cathie Wood's ARK Innovation ETF heading into mid-week.

The plunge in shares is being attributed to the overall slump in tech stocks, but also on a Bloomberg report that Tesla had halted its plans to buy new land in Shanghai and that sales in China have fallen. 

The company reportedly halted plans to buy land to expand its manufacturing facility and turn it into a worldwide export hub due to "trade tensions" between the U.S. and China. The company currently uses its China facility to export to Europe, "Tesla now intends to limit the proportion of China output," Reuters reported

But we can't help but notice: there have been "trade tensions" between the U.S. and China throughout the last few years anyway. Could it be that halting the expansion of the facility was a result of growing tensions between China and Tesla, and not China and the U.S.?

Recall, just days ago, we highlighted yet another deadly crash involving a Tesla - this one in China. And the country's state-run Global Times was quick to shame the automaker as a result. It published a horrifying image of a Tesla vehicle rear-ending a truck in Shaoguan, South China's Guangdong Province on Friday, "killing the electric car's driver on the spot."....


May 9
Dear Elon: "China Tech Giants Bet $19 Billion on Global Electric Car Frenzy"
Mr. Musk is at risk of getting chastened by a combination of the Chinese communists and the Chinese capitalists.

Previously on this theme:
Elon Musk and Tesla Have A Big Problem With China (TSLA)

Baidu, Geely Joint Venture Unit to Invest $7.7b to Enter China’s Electric Vehicle Market

Your Move Elon: Tesla Competitor in China Is All in On Flying Cars
I changed the Yahoo headline because they called Xpeng "Tesla's biggest rival in China..." and I'm not sure that will prove true in 2021. Both BYD and Geely are in the running to exceed Xpeng in shipments this year.

"Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to invest $10 billion in making electric cars"
As we've seen in posts over the last five weeks, the Chinese already dominate the production of wind turbines, solar cells and panels, batteries* and more importantly battery materials supply chains.

There was a method to our madness. We wanted to see who—in addition to politicians and their cronies—who would profit from the U.S. infrastructure spending and the U.S. Green New Deal spending. There will be a lot of money making its way to China. As we noted in a slightly different context in February:....