Tesla shares drop after CEO Elon Musk tweets ‘stock price is too high’

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Published on May 1, 2020 by

The “Squawk Alley” team discusses new tweets from Tesla CEO Elon Musk in which he says he will sell off all physical possessions and that Tesla’s stock price is too high.

Shares of Tesla dropped as much as 12% Friday after CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company’s shares are priced “too high.”

The company just days before reported a strong quarter, sending shares higher. Tesla stock was trading at 760.23 just before Musk tweeted and then fell to a session low of 717.64, before falling even more.

Musk has had problems with the SEC for tweeting about the company’s stock in the past. Musk has since agreed to submit his public statements about Tesla’s finances and other topics to vetting by its legal counsel. The agreement came after Musk’s famous tweet in August 2018 saying he wanted to take Tesla private at $420 per share and that he had secured the funding to do so. It’s unclear if Musk had that approval for his tweets Friday. When asked by the Wall Street Journal if the tweet was a joke or vetted, Musk reportedly replied: “No.” The SEC declined to comment.

Tesla is in the midst of defending itself in a significant volume of shareholder and other lawsuits. A federal judge decided in early April that Tesla and Musk have to face suit over his infamous $420 tweets. Shareholders claim that Tesla misled them when Musk said on Twitter in 2018 that he was considering taking Tesla private for $420 per share, and had secured funding for the transaction. Shares skyrocketed, trading was halted and volatility followed.

In January, all board directors of Tesla besides Elon Musk settled a shareholder lawsuit over the company’s $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity in 2016. They paid $60 million for their part of the settlement. But Musk is due to stand trial as a last defendant against claims he used Tesla to bail out a failing solar installer, which he co-founded and ran with his first cousins, Lyndon Rive and Peter Rive.

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