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Tesla Stock Surges in Pre-Market After Musk Offers to Step Down as Twitter CEO

Tesla shares rose sharply in pre-market trading on Monday after a majority of Twitter users polled by Elon Musk voted in favor of him stepping down as the social media company’s CEO.

 A move that could help address shareholder concerns about his leadership hampering his duties as the electric-car maker’s chief.

Tesla shares were up 4.67% in pre-market Monday, before settling to a rise of around 3%, after Musk’s Twitter poll closed with 57.5% respondents voting in favor of him stepping down as Twitter CEO.

Musk has promised to abide by the results of the poll, which received more than 17.5 million votes.

Prior to this, several major shareholders of Tesla and analysts had expressed concerns that Musk’s controversial actions as the head of Twitter was causing irrevocable damage to the Tesla brand.

The electric carmaker’s shares have fallen more than 51% in the past three months and 33% since Musk’s takeover of Twitter in late October.

BIG NUMBER

$7.5 billion, That is the total value of Tesla stock that Musk has sold, in two tranches, since buying Twitter in late October. In total, Musk has sold nearly $40 billion worth of Tesla shares in the past 12 months, raising concerns among Tesla investors that he was leveraging the electric car maker to prop up Twitter. Musk himself has reportedly admitted to selling Tesla stock to save Twitter in an internal meeting with the social media company’s staffers.

SOURCE: Forbes

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