Michael Burry Said He’s Not Betting Against Tesla, But He Should Be

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Michael Burry - American Investor
Michael Burry - American Investor

Michael Burry said he’s not betting against Tesla right now, but he sees a compelling reason to short Elon Musk’s electric-vehicle company.

“If I am tweeting this you can bet I am not short it,” he said in a now-deleted tweet on Tuesday. “But I should be.”

As evidence of the automaker’s shady outlook, Burry highlighted a CNBC story about a Tesla Megapack battery catching fire at a PG&E energy-storage facility in California on Tuesday.

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The fund manager of “The Big Short” fame has repeatedly aimed at Tesla during the pandemic. He revealed in December 2020 that he was short the company and labeled its stock price “ridiculous.”

“Well, my last Big Short got bigger and bigger and BIGGER too,” Burry tweeted in January 2021, after Tesla stock surged. “Enjoy it while it lasts.”

Burry has also cautioned that Tesla stock could shed 90%, criticized the firm’s meager sales and profits relative to its peers, and described its battery technology as “inferior” based on multiple reports of Tesla vehicles catching fire. In April of this year, he cautioned that “the competition is coming” for Tesla.

“Burry is a broken clock,” Musk responded on Twitter, referencing the investor’s penchant for relentlessly issuing dire predictions. In another tweet, Musk jokingly called Burry a “bastard” for shorting Tesla.

Tesla’s stock price soared nearly 700% in 2020 and surged another 73% by November 2021, lifting the company’s market capitalization to $1.2 trillion. However, the automaker’s stock has shed by 26% since then.

Burry has helped inspire the GameStop short squeeze and the broader meme-stock movement as he purchased a stake in the video-game retailer and pushed its bosses to make changes in 2019.