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Elon Musk Shakes the Shorts … Neat Chart from Our Friends at Visual Capitalist

While Elon Musk can certainly be a controversial figure… especially with his Cell phone and Twitter App Opened… he has a way of making successful endeavors.

Not withstanding the above, we find Musk an innovator and certainly not afraid of what critics may say. Here and here and even here in our Newsletter earlier this year we spoke of Musk. With Musk’s announcement of moving to Austin Texas, we likely will be seeing and hearing more from him.

The following chart was just too good to pass up from our friends at Visual Capitalist.

As a reminder, a short seller makes a bet the stock will go down, which usually happens much faster than a stock climbs, by borrowing the stock from some one, selling it with the intent of buying it back at a lower price. Two big catches with this technique are that a short sellers losses are unlimited as a stock may grow to the sky and if too many shorts end up on the same company, a short squeeze or unnecessary and unwarranted run up in the stock as everyone buys to cover may occur….. trampling the Shorts !

Have a Great “Musk Shakes the Shorts” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.



Did Elon Musk, Founder of Tesla, Get the Last Laugh? Maybe! The Short Squeeze

Elon Musk, Tesla founder and SpaceX Explorer garnered our attention with several interesting charts which we highlighted here and here on how he brought the electric car to fruition.

Musk, so controversial, not only in his endeavors, but in his life, went against the grain with his Tesla Automotive, giving rise to the first all electric vehicle (also in very lofty production goals, which were at first not met) and a unique against the grain sale system that bypassed much of the standard mandatory current automobile industry taxes tariffs and payments.

Musk, during a Twitter barrage about a year ago, got himself into trouble resulting in his removal from several important roles at his firm Tesla.

Much of the Twitter trouble came from an attempt to chase short sellers – those investors that actually sell your company stock short (in advance) with the expectation that it will go down there by purchasing it back at a profit. Musk taking issue with the vast community of shorts in a Twitter storm created interest from the regulators.

Five Years of Short Interest

Fast forward to just last week,  neat chart from our new test service, shows exactly what happens when too many people get on one side of the trade and what it can do to the stock.

As, the graph rises, more shorts are piling on … but what happens if they all need to hit the exits at the same time?

2-7-20 Tesla Short Interest

This is What happens, AKA Short Squeeze

While the stock has come back down to earth a bit at the end of last week, there were certainly many investment bodies left behind on the short squeeze roller!

2-7-20 Tesla Graph

We are not recommending Tesla as an investment, or as a purchase for your next car, only somewhat humored by the Lemming like pilings on and off, and what it has ultimately done to Tesla stock.

Did Elon Musk Win? Time will tell!

Have a Happy “No Lemming” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

Short Covering Rally or Keyser Soze Perpetual Motion

Short covering rallys are similar to perpetual motion, as they are known and can be described, but no one REALLY knows for certain their existence.  The good news is that just as perpetual motion can be described, so can a short covering rally.

Here is our definition of a short covering rally:

    • Non-Technical – Like a table of mouse traps with table tennis balls on them, one trips and the others all begin to fire off, causing a sudden feverish collective effort.
    • Technical – Negative sentiment becomes so great, investors who have sold short positions begin buying with aggression, moving prices much higher.

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Short Covering Characteristics:

  • GIANT move up in the markets
  • Little or no exact reason for the sudden caving and purchase by the negative bears
  • Low volume for such a dramatic move on the capital indexes
  • Excitement swells and headlines turn positive
  • Immediate fatigue by capital markets can often be spotted i.e. They don’t last long

In Keyser Soze like fashion we may never know if they existed or not.  Was yesterdays market move a short covering rally? Only Soze knows!

Have a great day!


PS – Interesting update, Janet Yellen last at the Boston Economic Club, gave a very “open the door” speech to more Fed intervention, i.e. QE and the capital markets, which would normally be excited, seem to be yawning!

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