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Tesla tokens fall after Musk’s Twitter Tesla sale poll

By Debabrata Das

02:46, 8 November 2021

Elon Musk at an event in Berlin
Elon Musk at an event in Berlin - Photo: Alamy

Tesla’s tokens on crypto-trading exchange FTX Exchange was 7.5% lower than its actual share price in early morning trade on Monday after founder Elon Musk hinted at selling a part of his stake in the electric vehicle manufacturer.

On Sunday, Musk posted a poll on Twitter asking if he should sell a 10% stake in Tesla. He added that he would “abide” by the poll results, whatever be the results. At the end of the poll, 57.9% of 3.51 million people who voted said that Musk should sell a 10% stake.

The result and the price movement of Tesla’s tokens on FTX Exchange suggest that its share price will open lower when Wall Street opens on Monday. The Tesla tokens on FTX Exchange are traded every day of the year, 24 hours a day.

Musk tweets’ move markets 

Musk’s Tweets have affected Tesla share prices in the past as well. Most famously, the US Securities and Exchange Commission had sued Musk regarding his tweets that he could take Tesla private at $420 per share, a substantial premium to its trading price at the time and that funding for the transaction had been secured.


3,141.43 Price
+0.670% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0616%
Short position overnight fee 0.0137%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 6.00


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+0.570% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0263%
Short position overnight fee 0.0040%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
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2,411.42 Price
-0.180% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0191%
Short position overnight fee 0.0109%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.60


57,977.80 Price
+0.600% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0616%
Short position overnight fee 0.0137%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 106.00

Subsequently, Musk had settled the fraud charges with the SEC after agreeing to step down as the chairman of Tesla, appointing additional independent directors and paying a $40m fine.

Musk’s tweets have also caused massive surges and dips in the cryptocurrency market. Most recently, on 6 October, his tweet about his pet dog led to a surge in the prices of the Shiba Inu meme cryptocurrency.

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Bitcoin price move

Similarly, in June one of his tweets triggered a 10% jump in the prices of Bitcoin.

Read more: China’s Ganfeng Lithium rises on supply deal with Tesla

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