Tesla’s worst-ever year brings $17 billion windfall for shorts

Tesla has tumbled more than 42% in December alone, driving it to a loss of 68% this year — marking a radical about face for a stock that surged during the low-rate era of the pandemic.It’s a rare victory for the shorts, whose 89% return comes after several years of significant losses, S3’s Ihor Dusaniwsky said. About 2.9% of Tesla’s free float is held short, according to S3 data.

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