Monday, May 17, 2021

Elon Musk's tweets have once again sent bitcoin on a wild ride

 Elon Musk is once again giving crypto markets Whiplash.The Tesla (TSLA)CEO is now saying that his company has not sold any bitcoin (XBT) after earlier appearing to suggest the opposite. His original Twitter exchange had led bitcoin to extend its losses.


The latest cryptocurrency drama began Sunday when a user named CryptoWhale tweeted: "Bitcoiners are going to slap themselves next quarter when they find out Tesla dumped the rest of their #bitcoin holdings."

Within hours, bitcoin had fallen below $43,000, having lost more than 8% over the last day, according to cryptocurrency tracker coinbase. It had already lost some ground earlier on Sunday, but accelerated losses after Musk's post.

Musk later posted a follow-up tweet, writing: "To clarify speculation, Tesla has not sold any bitcoin."
Value of the digital currency immediately jumped about 3.7% — from $42,566 to almost $44,138 — within about five minutes of Musk's tweet, according to Coinbase.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment about its holdings in the digital currency.
Musk's posts came just days after he caused another stir last week, while announcing that Tesla would reverse plans to accept bitcoin as payment for its cars. He cited bitcoin's high environmental cost as reason for the move.

The news sent bitcoin down about 12% at the time. It came after months of Musk personally hyping bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies, such as dogecoin.
Just before that, the CEO had asked his followers in a Twitter poll if they would like "Tesla to accept Doge."

Tesla and Musk have appeared fairly bullish on bitcoin for at least a few months, with the company disclosing in February that it had invested $1.5 billion in bitcoin and floating the ability to buy its cars using the cryptocurrency.

 Musk tweeted in late March that people "can now buy a Tesla with Bitcoin."
The company did say in a regulatory filling last month, however, that it assesses each quarter whether "events or changes in circumstances ... indicate that it is more likely than not that our digital assets are impaired." It also disclosed at the time that it had sold 10% of its bitcoin stake, earning a $101 million profit 

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