‘Big Short’ investor Michael Burry says Tesla stock could plunge 90% without major fallout – and a slump could reduce speculation

Michael Burry
Michael Burry.

  • Michael Burry says Tesla stock could plunge 90% without crashing the financial system.
  • “The Big Short” investor suggested a slump could temper speculation.
  • Burry, who is short Tesla, has criticized reckless investing in recent months.
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If Tesla stock plummets 90% this year, it would put a stop to cult-like support of certain companies without endangering the financial system, Michael Burry tweeted on Monday.

“$TSLA below $100/share by later this year will not crash the system,” the investor said. “There is no reflexivity in such a fall,” he continued, dismissing the risk of a positive feedback loop where investors lose confidence and hoard their money, hurting the economy and scaring investors even more.

“But it would trigger the end of an era for a certain type of investing,” Burry added. His latest comments echo his recent criticism of speculative betting on Tesla, bitcoin, and GameStop, and his warning of “dangerous” bubbles in markets last week.

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Burry is best known for his billion-dollar bet against the US housing market in the mid-2000s, which was immortalized in author Michael Lewis’ book “The Big Short.” The Scion Asset Management boss also laid the groundwork for the recent GameStop short-squeeze when he invested in the video-game retailer in 2019.

The investor has been skeptical of Tesla since at least last fall, when he began tweeting about the automaker’s limited profitability, reliance on sales of regulatory credits, and sky-high valuation relative to its industry peers.

Burry revealed he was short Tesla in December and called its stock price “ridiculous.” Elon Musk’s electric-vehicle company has soared in market capitalization by 37% to north of $780 billion since then.

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The Scion chief compared his bet against Tesla to his wager on a housing-market collapse in a January tweet. “My last Big Short got bigger and bigger and BIGGER too,” he said. “Enjoy it while it lasts.”

It might seem extreme for Burry to suggest a drop in Tesla’s stock price from more than $815 as of Friday’s close to less than $100. However, the company’s shares traded at that level as recently as last April.

Here’s a chart showing Tesla’s remarkable stock performance over the past year:

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