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Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images

Tesla raised $2.03 billion in a secondary stock offering, pricing at $767 per share. That's a 4.6% discount to yesterday's closing price, and an 86.2% premium to where CEO Elon Musk infamously tweeted that he had "funding secured."

Why it matters: Momentum floats apparently are a thing now, as this comes just two weeks after Musk said on an earnings call that "it doesn’t make sense to raise money because we expect to generate cash."

The backdrop: This time last year, Tesla was struggling with cashflow issues and suffering waves of layoffs. And, investors weren't particularly happy with its reluctance to spend money.

  • Tesla bulls (who, after all, represent the overwhelming majority of the company's only shareholders) saw a fast-growing technology company investing heavily in new automobiles, factories and batteries. In other words, they saw a company with significant opportunities to turn fresh cash into future profits, and they wanted CEO Elon Musk to grasp those opportunities.
  • The bull case for Tesla is explicitly predicated on the company raising billions of dollars in fresh equity capital.

The bottom line: "Tesla stock has been in Ludicrous Mode. Given its bonkers gyrations, it's now easy to see why Musk might feel that he was right all along in wanting to take the company private back in 2018, writes Axios' Felix Salmon.

  • The recent surge in Tesla's share price can be viewed as the stock market positively begging Musk to raise fresh cash while it's incredibly cheap. While he claims not to need the money, investors are sure that he'll find something worthwhile to do with it.

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Facebook's scandals have been great for shareholders

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios

Facebook has been embroiled in scandal for the past five years, and while the specific allegations change over time, a central theme is constant. Given the choice between commercial and moral imperatives, Facebook always seems to choose the option that is best for the share price.

Why it matters: Facebook's stock chart supports that narrative. Since the 2016 scandals alleging that the social network was infiltrated by foreign actors trying to influence the outcome of democratic elections, Facebook's revenues — and its stock — have been soaring.

Biden to tap telecom trio for NTIA, FCC posts

Jessica Rosenworcel. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

President Joe Biden on Tuesday is expected to name Alan Davidson as head of the telecom arm of the Commerce Department, Jessica Rosenworcel as chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission and Gigi Sohn as a commissioner at the FCC, according to a person familiar with the process.

Why it matters: Internet availability and affordability has been a key policy priority for the White House, but the administration lagged in tapping people for the agency posts that oversee the issues.

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Facebook seeks fountain of youth

Data: Piper Sandler Taking Stock With Teens Study; Chart: Axios Visuals

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said that the company is pivoting its strategy to focus on young adults, following reports that teens have fled its apps.

Why it matters: A series of stories based on leaked whistleblower documents suggest the company sees the aging of its user base as an existential threat to its business.