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Is Tesla About to Collapse?

As I have pointed out here in the past, being negative on Tesla (TSLA) is usually not a good idea. The problems that the company faces are fairly obvious, but Elon Musk seems to have an almost magical ability to make them irrelevant. Nearly thirty percent of Tesla shares are currently held short, and when the news came this week that the company was once again looking like missing production targets those shorts must have been licking their lips, expecting a massive drop in the stock. As usual to this point they were disappointed, but the news behind the headlines suggests that they may soon get what they have been looking for.

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For now though, what we saw was what is shown on the above chart. TSLA dropped, for sure, but over a couple of days only lost what it gained the day before the news broke. Once again, it showed the kind of resilience that has led me to refer to it as “Teflon Tesla”.

That resilience comes from the peculiar nature of Tesla. It is a company built on hope and vision, it is a haven for believers in alternative energy and tech, it is, in short, as much an ideology as a corporation. That leads to committed investors who see every bit of weakness, even when that weakness is for good reason, as a buying opportunity. That produces the kind of chart that you see above, where the stock becomes a range trader’s dream, frequently bouncing off clear support and resistance levels. As a frequent range trader…

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