Elon ‘Tusk’? Tesla CEO changes Twitter handle, says there will be news on Thursday – MarketWatch

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk changed his Twitter handle overnight and told his 25 million followers there will be Tesla news on Thursday, without elaborating further.

Musk’s handle is currently “Elon Tusk,” and next to it there’s an elephant emoji.

Some Tesla news

— Elon Tusk 🐘 (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019

Thursday 2pm

— Elon Tusk 🐘 (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019

California

— Elon Tusk 🐘 (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019

Tesla

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 shares rose Wednesday, with Wall Street shrugging off the impending news as well as Musk’s latest controversy with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Musk’s latest announcement.

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Musk is, of course, no stranger to Twitter controversies. On Monday, the regulator asked a judge to hold Musk in contempt over a tweet about the Silicon Valley car maker’s production goals. Musk has until March 11 to tell the court why he shouldn’t be held in contempt.

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The settlement stems from Musk’s going-private tweets last year, when Musk said he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private. As part of the agreement, Musk and Tesla agreed to have oversight over the CEO’s tweets that could contain material information to Tesla’s shareholders.

Tesla shares have lost 11% in the past 12 months, contrasting with gains around 1.4% for the S&P 500 index.

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