Tesla stock slide pushes ARK invest to load up on shares

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) slid around 9 percent on Monday after a delivery miss based on Wall Street estimations and a lukewarm reaction to the company’s Optimus Bot that it showed at AI Day last Friday. That did not stop bull Cathie Wood of ARK Invest from loading up on Tesla shares in both its Innovation Fund and Next Generation Internet ETF.

ARK discloses every trade it makes at the tail end of every trading day. Its October 3 moves included a purchase of 108,380 shares of Tesla in its ARKK Innovation ETF, accounting for 0.3535 percent of the fund. Additionally, ARK purchased Roblox and UiPath Inc. shares while selling Berkeley Lights Inc and Spotify stock in the ARKK fund yesterday.

In the Next Generation Internet ETF, known as ARKW, the fund loaded on 23,833 Tesla shares, making up 0.4963 percent of the portfolio. The same three stocks added in the ARKK ETF were also added in this ETF, the company’s Daily Trade Information spreadsheet shows.

Tesla shares dropped considerably yesterday, which allowed bulls to buy the stock at a lower price. Tesla shares dropped due to a miss on Q3 deliveries after Wall Street anticipated between 358,000 and 371,000 cars to make their way to customers during the three-month span. Tesla announced on Sunday that it had delivered 343,830 cars in Q3 while producing 365,923 vehicles during the quarter.

“As our production volumes continue to grow, it is becoming increasingly challenging to secure vehicle transportation capacity and at a reasonable cost during these peak logistics weeks,” Tesla said in its Q3 deliveries press release. The automaker has done a better job than most with avoiding large-scale logistics and supply chain bottlenecks, but it is still sparring with some issues, which affected the Q3 delivery count. However, this actually bodes well for Tesla in Q4, giving the company a delivery spike at the beginning of the quarter.

Additionally, Tesla delivered its most recent version of the Optimus Bot on Friday and AI Day, but it did not win over many AI experts.

“None of this is cutting edge. Hire some PhDs and go to some robotics conferences @Tesla,” Cynthia Yeung, Head of Product at Plus One Robotics, said, according to Gary Marcus. “This is coming off as a grad student/TA doing a class presentation for a bunch of undergrads. Feels very 101.”

Additionally, Christian Hubicki, a Robotics Professor at Florida State University, said he was impressed by Tesla’s quick turnaround, but the capabilities are standard and “not mind-blowing.” He also is skeptical of the price points Tesla has described, which fall below $20,000.

Tesla shares were trading up today at the time of writing, up nearly 3 percent at 10 A.M. ET.

Disclosure: Joey Klender is a TSLA Shareholder.

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