Nikola falls 11% a day after potential partnership talks halted

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CEO and founder of U.S. Nikola Trevor Milton attends a news conference held to presents its new full-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell battery trucks in partnership with U.S. Nikola, at an event in Turin, Italy, December 3, 2019.

  • Nikola’s stock price fell 11% to $18.75 as of 9:51 am ET. 
  • The company’s stock closed almost 26% lower on Wednesday after potential partnership talks were put on hold after a series of dramatic events. 
  • The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, talks with energy companies, including BP have been “put on hold” following a short-seller report by Hindenburg Research accusing Nikola of deceiving investors. 
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Nikola Motor’s stock price fell 11% on Thursday, following news the previous day that talks between the electric truckmaker and its potential partners have been put on hold. 

Nikola’s stock was down 11% at $18.75 as of 09:51 am. ET. 

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Shares in the company closed almost 26% lower on Wednesday after  The Wall Street Journal reported talks regarding potential partnerships with energy companies like oil refiner BP had recently “stalled” out.

Nikola had been in talks with energy firms about potentially forming a partnership to build a network of hydrogen re-fueling stations that could eventually pave the way for the company to roll out hydrogen-powered trucks. 

The company was said to be making progress with at least one major energy company, but a report by Hindenburg Research earlier this month “cast doubt on the company and its statements about the readiness of its technology,” the Journal said, citing sources close to the matter.

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The stock has lost around half its value since Hindenburg published its report on September 10, citing “extensive evidence” — including recorded phone calls, text messages, and private emails — that CEO Trevor Milton, who stepped down this week, had made “dozens of false statements” over the years.

Both the Securities Exchange Commission and Department of Justice opened investigations into the company, which just two weeks ago announced it had entered into a $2 billion partnership with General Motors. 

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