By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK (Reuters) -Tesla Inc short sellers have $2.16 billion in mark-to-market profits for April so far, but shorts remain down $5.52 billion for the year so far in mark-to-market losses, S3 Partners wrote in a research note on Wednesday ahead of the automaker’s quarterly results due after the closing bell.
The electric car company’s shares were down about 1% on Wednesday ahead of its quarterly results.
Investors are focused on margins after Tesla cut U.S. prices on its electric cars for the sixth time this year.
“Recent TSLA short covering may be an indication that some short sellers think that TSLA’s profit margins will stay in the 20% range, and trimmed their exposure to lock in some of April’s mark-to-market profits in the anticipation of a stock price rally,” S3 Partners analysts wrote in the note.
The analysts noted that Tesla continues to hold the No. 2 spot in the U.S. most-shorted list, behind Apple Inc, with Tesla’s short interest at $15.42 billion, and 83.65 million shares shorted.
(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch in New YorkEditing by Chris Reese and Matthew Lewis)