Tesla shares fall after Musk trolls United States securities watchdog

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The mocking tweets again raised doubts that the company could rein in its eccentric celebrity billionaire, who pushed the company further into chaos in August when he tweeted that he had the "funding secured" to take the electric-car company private.

However, Musk and the SEC settled the charges over the weekend, with Musk and Tesla agreeing to pay $20 million in fines each and Musk stepping down as Tesla's chairman for at least three years.

Tesla Inc and Chief Executive Elon Musk.

Tesla was not charged with fraud. "There's no real upside".

US District Court Judge Alison Nathan asked on Thursday that both Musk and the SEC supply justification for the settlement reached over the Tesla privatisation fiasco. It does, however, demonstrate why affirmative oversight of Musk's tweets was absolutely necessary.

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The stock's decline follows a series of tweets from CEO Elon Musk on Thursday night.

Musk also dragged BlackRock Inc. into his long-running dispute with short sellers, claiming that the fund manager was reaping heavy profits by lending shares they hold to this group of investors.

"Elon appears to be resistant to signing this agreement" said Gene Munster, a managing partner at venture capital firm Loup Ventures. Tesla stock skyrocketed 16 percent Monday as investors and analysts believed the settlement was a best-case scenario for Tesla. Way the trick works is companies like Blackrock keep up to 50% of short interest revenue, but suffer nearly none of equity decline, as they're just "passive" managers.

One such judge was Jed Rakoff, a colleague of Nathan's who objected to the SEC policy of letting some corporate defendants settle without admitting or denying wrongdoing, as Musk did. "It's only inviting the SEC to rethink the settlement".

'I do not think there is any serious chance of the settlement being rejected, based on 2nd Circuit precedent, ' Pritchard added. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan on Thursday ordered the SEC, Musk and Tesla to filed documents by October 11 explaining why the agreement is "fair and reasonable". "This is just a hoop to be jumped through", he said.

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