Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) is up on Monday’s intraday as the company continued its recovery since hitting over two-year lows. As TSLA showed more signs of recovery, a longtime bull has noted that individuals and organizations betting against the company might be headed towards a potential short squeeze.
Baird’s Ben Kallo, one of Tesla’s most notable bulls from Wall Street, has noted that the upside in TSLA shares on Monday could be related to the “start of short covering over the next few weeks.” The analyst also provided several aspects that are currently in place today, which could trigger Tesla shorts to cover their position.
Among these, according to Kallo, would be “several upcoming catalysts,” the 40 million TSLA shares that are currently sold short, and the fact that the “demand issue will be proven false.” The company’s critics have questioned the demand for Tesla’s vehicles since the first quarter when production and deliveries fell short of expectations. Nevertheless, email leaks and Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting saw Musk assuring investors that there is no problem with the demand for the company’s vehicles.
Apart from the potential short covering among TSLA stock’s short-sellers, another factor speculated to have affected the electric car maker’s shares today was Elon Musk’s recent Twitter activity. Over the weekend, Musk engaged in what could only be described as his biggest trolling session to date, infuriating thousands on Twitter over issues of artist credits on social media. Musk later posted a tweet stating that he has deleted his Twitter account (his account is still active). Pierre Ferragu of New Street Research noted in a tweet that Musk’s update might have helped move Tesla stock today.
Tesla appears to be heading towards what could very well be a record quarter. In a previous leaked email from Elon Musk to Tesla employees, the CEO suggested that the company could beat its record in Q4 2018 (a time when Tesla delivered over 90,000 vehicles to customers) provided that it hits a steady production rate of 1,000 Model 3 per day. When Musk sent the message, he noted that Model 3 production was already at 900 units per day, resulting in a run rate of 6,300 vehicles per week. The CEO added that if the company could hit the 1,000-per-day figure, it could be looking at a record quarter.
This goal appears to have been achieved by Tesla, with recent reports from insiders in the company hinting that deliveries are currently hitting rates of up to 1,000 vehicles per day. In territories such as the UK, Tesla also seemed poised to start deliveries of the right-hand-drive Model 3 before the end of the second quarter.
As of writing, Tesla stock is trading up 4.87% at $225.38 per share.
Disclosure: I have no ownership in shares of TSLA and have no plans to initiate any positions within 72 hours.