'Big Short' investor betting against Tesla, filing shows

Michael Burry's firm held put options on Tesla shares valued at nearly $731 million

Investor Michael Burry, who rose to national prominence after the 2015 film "The Big Short," is making a sizable bet against Tesla, according to the latest regulatory filings from his investment firm Scion Asset Management.

Scion held put options on more than 1 million shares of Tesla as of June 30, according to the 13-F filing. At the time, the short position was valued at nearly $731 million.

Burry’s firm has added to its short position in recent months. In a previous filing, Scion held put options on 800,100 shares of Tesla stock as of March 31.

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TSLA TESLA, INC. 909.68 +15.68 +1.75%

Burry first revealed he was shorting Tesla last December, tweeting at the time that he felt the company’s stock valuation was "ridiculous."

Scion’s regulatory filing also revealed a short position in Ark Innovation ETF, a fund managed by prominent investor Cathie Wood. Ark holds a significant stake in Tesla and other burgeoning tech stocks.

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Actor Christian Bale portrayed Burry in "The Big Short." Based on a book by author Michael Lewis, the film chronicled Burry’s bet against the housing bubble that prompted the 2008 financial crisis.