Saudi Arabia fund dumped nearly all of its Tesla shares in the fourth quarter before the rally

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented the first batch of made-in-China cars to ordinary buyers on January 7, 2020 in a milestone for the company’s new Shanghai “giga-factory”, but which comes as sales decelerate in the world’s largest electric-vehicle market.


The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund dumped 39,000 shares of Tesla in the fourth quarter of last year, a new filing Tuesday revealed.

That amounts to 99.5% of its holding in the stock, according to

The selling by the end of fourth quarter means the fund missed out on Tesla’s massive rally in the new year. Shares of the electric carmaker soared 20% to above $900 on Tuesday, bringing its 2020 gains to more than 110%.

The Saudi fund had dramatically cuts its net exposure to Tesla stock in early 2019 after CEO Elon Musk settled fraud charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the claim to take his company private. Musk said then the kingdom would back a buyout.

Tesla’s epic run recently has been fueled by analysts raising price targets to catch up to the stock and short-covering by investors betting against the shares. Musk’s Tesla has more investors betting against the company than any other U.S. stock, according to S3. Short sellers have lost more than $8 billion since the beginning of the year, S3 said.

The company’s rapid rally has pushed its market capitalization above $160 billion, which tops Netflix’s $157 billion market cap.

Investors are mostly bullish on the company’s strong outlook in China as CEO Elon Musk started delivering cars from a new vehicle factory in Shanghai in January.

The company also reported deliveries of 112,000 vehicles globally during the fourth quarter, a personal best for Tesla. That number significantly topped Wall Street estimates, and hit the low end of Musk’s year-end sales goal.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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