Tesla shares fall as largest outside shareholder cuts holding, citing portfolio restrictions


Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors.

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Baillie Gifford, Tesla’s largest outside shareholder, has reduced its position in the electric auto maker after the company’s rapid share appreciation made it an outsized influence on the firm’s holdings.

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday showed that the U.K.-based fund group now owns less than 5% of Tesla, down from 6.32%, according to data from FactSet.

Shares of Tesla were down 7% during early trading on Wednesday.

In a statement, Baillie Gifford reiterated that it remains a long-term believer in Elon Musk’s company, and that the reduction in ownership…


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