Musk's grand apology came after Twitter user David Brady told the 46-year-old that he should've "just blocked them in the queue" rather than shutting down the critical questions they asked of Tesla during a live conference call.
Musk believes the two analysis he rebuked - RBC Capital Markets' Joseph Spak and Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi - were asking questions created to stoke a short-selling frenzy.
Tesla's stock immediately began falling as he handed over questions to YouTuber for several minutes.
The quirky entrepreneur took to social media on Friday to defend his combative performance, in which he rebuked analysts for asking "boring, bonehead" questions about the electric vehicle maker. He goes on to explain how investors have bet against Tesla more than any other firm, "First, it's important to know that Tesla is the most shorted (meaning most bet against) stock on the market & has been for a while".
CNBC reported that Musk's decision to ignore the questions pushed Tesla's stock down by 5.6 percent Thursday. "Do not buy it if volatility is scary".
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"I'm not here to convince you to buy our stock", Musk said.
RBC Capital Markets analyst Joseph Spak: The first question is related to the Model 3 reservations.
The next day, the Goldman Sachs analyst reiterated his "sell" rating on Tesla and warned the stock could plunge another 30%. Yet some investors are concerned that the company will need to raise additional capital by the end of the year. Perhaps by the time Tesla needs more money, Musk's antics will be forgotten, or at least accepted as Elon being Elon.
"Reason RBC question about Model 3 demand is absurd is that Tesla has roughly half a million reservations, despite no advertising & no cars in showrooms". At one point, the CEO lamented that "boring questions are not cool", while also mentioning "barnacles, flufferbots, and bonehead bears".