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Michael Burry Reveals Massive Tesla Short, Huge Inflationary Bet

•, by Tyler Durden

Today is the deadline for 13F filings and while we already know what most of the marquee hedge funds have done during the quarter thanks to previously leaked investor letters (with the notable exception of the Soros Family Office which we learned over the weekend bought some $375MM of the Archegos shares liquidated by its prime brokers in late March), one filing was of particular interest, that of Scion Asset Management's Michael "Big Short" Burry. And boy were there surprises.

First, there is not even a trace of Burry's previous interest in Gamestop or any other "Reddit" stocks: it's safe to assume that all profits there were monetized long ago. In fact, a comparison to Burry's Q4 2020 13F reveals huge turnover, with just 8 of the fund's legacy 23 positions as of Dec 31 still on Scion's Books.

Turning to Burry's new positions in the first quarter (whose long value according to EDGAR was $1.35 billion as of March 31 which includes a substantial amount of calls expressed as delta-equivalent share positions), we find quite a few surprises, starting with a massive Put position in Tesla, where Burry has purchased puts covering some 800,100 TSLA shares, whose notional equivalent value is just over $530 Million, making it not only his biggest position but also roughly equivalent to 40% of his entire portfolio in nominal terms.

The next thing that jumps out is Burry's substantial bullish bet on FAAMG giants Alphabet and Facebook, where Scion now owns a little over $160 million in Call premium, or an equivalent of 80,000 shares of GOOGL and 550,000 shares of FB.