Tesla has already made $ 1B on bitcoin bet: analyst

Tesla’s $ 1.5 billion bet on bitcoin is already closed.

Elon Musk’s electric car making company reported a profit of nearly $ 1 billion on blockbuster cryptocurrency investments that were announced two weeks ago, a Wall Street analyst estimates.

“In this perspective, Tesla is on a trajectory to make more than the profits of selling more than its bitcoin investment. [electric vehicle] All Cars in 2020, ”Wesbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a research note in crypto in the company’s forest.

After sending the digital currency’s market value above $ 1 trillion for the first time on Friday, eye-popping profits came in an explosive bitcoin rally.

Tesla has played an important role in that growth. The price of a single bitcoin has increased 42 percent since February 42 – before Tesla disclosed its investment – accounting for more than half of its profits this year, According to data from CoinDesk.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency has also received a boost from Musk’s sharp Twitter posts, such as last weekend calling Bitcoin a “less dumb form of liquidity than cash”.

Ives said he expects less than 5 percent of public companies to join Tesla to invest their corporate cash in bitcoin, until “more regulatory targets are posted” around the cryptocurrency market.

But he suggested that Tesla’s decision could still be a watershed moment for corporate America’s relationship with digital coins. The Silicon Valley automaker has also stated that it will start accepting bitcoins as payment.

Elon Musk tweeted that it cost about 6.3 percent
Bitcoin fell 6.3 percent after it was tweeted by Elon Musk, its price “seems high.”
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“Bitcoin investment is a side show for Tesla, it is clearly a good initial investment and we hope to have a ripple effect for other public companies in the next 12 to 18 months,” Ives noted in his Saturday note said in.

Bitcoin was already on a roll in recent months as a growing number of institutional investors saw it as a lucrative asset. But major companies such as the country’s oldest bank MasterCard and BNY Mellon have recently joined Tesla in signaling support for cryptocurrency, suggesting that a more widespread mainstream adoption may be on the horizon.

Bitcoin fell nearly 6.3 percent to $ 53,427.98. It reached a new record high of $ 58,332.36 on Monday after noon at 7:16 p.m.

Drop came later Musk tweeted On Saturday, he considered the values ​​of bitcoin and ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market value, “seem high.”

Tesla shares closed down 2.4 percent at $ 762.37 at 7:16 am in prepaid trading on Monday.

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