Tesla bears are clearly in control as traders who are short TSLA stock continue to rake in profits while patient bulls await their payday. | Source: Shutterstock

By CCN Markets: Traders are shorting TSLA stock like it’s going out of style. Tesla shorts are generating profits hand-over-fist, netting $2.75 billion in mark-to-market profits year-to-date, according to Bloomberg citing S3 Partners data. Ihor Dusaniwsky, managing director at S3 Partners, in recent weeks tweeted that short interest in TSLA was $9.5 billion with roughly 41 million shares shorted, nearly one-third of the total float.

Tesla bulls are loyal and have been taking the hit in stride, with one follower suggesting that he is one of many who are waiting for the short squeeze. Elon Musk has been quiet about it, at least lately, which could suggest that his confidence in the stock is waning or he just doesn’t want to wrestle with the SEC again.

Wall Street, however, can’t seem to borrow enough Tesla shares. David Einhorn, who is president of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, recently revealed that he is still short Tesla’s stock after previously stating that the “wheels are falling off.” Einhorn at that time accused Tesla CEO Elon Musk of exaggerating demand for the Model 3 vehicle. He’s been short TSLA stock for a while.

Surely this isn’t what Elon Musk had in mind when he brought the electric vehicle maker public, and he’s been doing everything he could this year to help prop up the stock price. The company in recent months announced a $10 million share buyback plan as part of a broader $2 billion equity raise. Nonetheless, TSLA stock has remained out of favor with investors, as evidenced by a 25 percent drop year-to-date.

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that Tesla is still head and shoulders above its rivals in the small and mid-sized luxury car category, with Musk’s company surpassing the BMW 3 Series, Lexus ES, and the Mercedes C-Class in U.S. sales.

Tesla bears clearly have wrestled back control, for now.


Meanwhile, after being tricked into thinking their luck had changed in June when TSLA stock advanced, Tesla bulls patiently await a short squeeze to arrive someday.

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