Tesla chief Elon Musk goes on defensive after bad-tempered conference call

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After several quarters of major losses due to major investments related to bringing the Model 3 to production, Musk now says that he expects Tesla could start showing small profits in the second half of the year.

As it turns out, Tesla spots falling Autopilot use in the wake of each media fiasco, according to a statement by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in the company's first quarter conference call, as transcribed by Electrek. "It's actually thinking they know more about Autopilot than they do, like quite a significant understanding of it".

Tesla boss Elon Musk has defended his comments in a contentious conference call, saying the people he shut down were "sell-side analysts who represent a short-seller thesis, not investors".

A small hedge fund manager who has always been betting against Tesla Inc TSLA.O on Thursday redoubled his call for the stock to fall to zero, comments that came as investors were already hammering the electric auto maker. (TSLA) sank this week on concerns over its most recent earnings call, which some on the Street said was the most freakish they have ever experienced. "They're killing me", he said before moving on from Spak and Sacconaghi's questions.




Every time a Tesla collides with anything, the first question asked is, "was the driver using Autopilot?" (TWTR) early Friday with a series of tweets justifying his bold behavior on Thursday's call, in which he dismissed some analysts' questions and redirected others to a pro-Tesla YouTube blogger.

Tesla will need to raise more money in the near future to meet its cash needs, the credit rating agency claimed.

Spiegel is not the only one betting against Tesla, with the stock listed as the biggest USA equity short, according to financial analytics firm S3 Partners.

Levy added that although Tesla management should be "more disciplined publicly", the key to the stock is whether Tesla can ramp up production of the Model 3, its mass-market electric vehicle. At one point, the CEO lamented that "boring questions are not cool", while also mentioning "barnacles, flufferbots, and bonehead bears".

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