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Gary Black further noted that institutional investors currently would prefer Tesla to buy back its stock to holding Bitcoin.
Former CEO Aegon Asset Management US Gary Black thinks Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) stock could stop bleeding out if the company sold off its Bitcoin position and initiated stock buybacks. Tesla stocks dropped approximately 27% in the past month to trade around $612.51 at the time of writing according to MarketWatch.
Notably, Tesla reported that it purchased Bitcoins worth $1.5 billion and plans to add the asset in its form of payment. Although the company is still in profit from the Bitcoin position, a respected analyst thinks the company should sell off the Bitcoin position. With the proceeds from the Bitcoin position, Tesla could then initiate its stock buyback to prevent further sell-off.
Imagine the positive momentum $tsla would create if they announced the sale of their #btc position, and authorized a $tsla stock buyback instead. Highly unlikely, but shareholders would be very supportive.
— Gary Black (@garyblack00) March 4, 2021
Gary Black and Tesla Stock
Gary Black further noted that institutional investors currently would prefer Tesla to buyback its stock to holding Bitcoin. “If you asked 100 institutional $tsla, shareholders, would they prefer $tsla to invest $1.5B excess cash in #btc, or $1.5B excess cash in $tsla stock, 95/100 would choose $tsla stock,” Gary noted.
One of his followers challenged him by suggesting that the company should hold on to the Bitcoin position as it finds other avenues to be productive despite the market competition. According to him, in retrospect after a decade Tesla will appreciate its Bitcoin holding greatly.
Tesla stock is up approximately 342% in the past year thanks to the increased demand globally.
Notably, Tesla stocks are down approximately 8% in the past five days. Besides, they were trading around 611.74, down 1.59% during the premarket. Consequently, a survey conducted by media outlet MarketWatch indicates 34 different ratings gave Tesla stock an average of a Hold rating.
At the time of writing, Tesla had a reported market valuation of approximately $626.98 billion with 959.85 million outstanding shares. Tesla stock, however, has been on the uptrend for the past few months.
Tesla stocks have in the past endured bear markets. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a pair of short shorts to tease investors who were short of Tesla stock.
According to Musk’s past tweets, it is unlikely that the company will sell the Bitcoin position soon. However, according to the SEC filing by the company, the company could change its Bitcoin position if the price drops below the purchase level or the crypto ecosystem is compromised by attackers.