In a ‘Cage Match’ Between Tesla and Meta, We Just Handicapped the Winner

By TradeSmith Editorial Staff

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Prior to the “Go-Go ‘80s,” corporate CEOs were business icons and even legends.

But they weren’t yet true “celebrities” — at least, not in the way we view “celebrity” today.

CEOs made headlines for their business moves, for the deals they made, and for the successes they delivered.

But (with a few exceptions) their personalities, private lives, and colorful traits weren’t headline fodder.

That all changed with General Electric Co. (GE) CEO John F. “Jack” Welch.

Welch earned the nickname “Neutron Jack” from a weapon of the time — the “neutron bomb,” which killed people, but left buildings and infrastructure standing. During a needed makeover of GE, Welch cut thousands of jobs but left businesses standing.

Welch’s graduation into the celebrity ranks was certainly helped by the fact that, during his two-decade (1981 to 2001) tenure at GE’s helm, he boosted the company’s market value by leaps and bounds.

But his brash attitude, managerial strategies, headline-generating quotes, and ability to command the spotlight turned him into what many consider the first “celebrity CEO,” creating a culture of “CEO worship.”

Today’s corporate chieftains are often celebrities first and CEOs second.

Great ones like Warren Buffett.

Suspect ones like Elizabeth Holmes.

Controversial ones like Travis Kalanick.

And colorful ones like Marc Benioff.

It feels like media coverage today devotes as much time to who is running a company as how the company is performing, creating “fanboys” and “fangirls” who follow and defend their CEOs with a zealous never seen before.

But even within the realm of “celebrity CEOs” that Welch ushered in, we’re getting to watch something truly unprecedented unfolding between Tesla Inc. (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk (also the owner of Twitter) and Meta Platforms Inc. (META) CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The two have been exchanging verbal jabs online, as Zuckerberg ramped up the launch of a Twitter (estimated 237 million daily active users) competitor called “Threads.”

And that led to a playground-style “callout” — which everyone is watching.

On June 20, Musk said he was “up for a cage match if he is,” and Zuckerberg screenshot the message and replied on his Instagram platform with three words — “Send Me Location.”

On Wednesday, Threads was officially launched, with 10 million sign-ups within seven hours of the launch.

Posting his first Tweet in over a decade, Zuckerberg shared a popular meme of two Spidermen confronting each other. The post didn’t have any text or explanation, but it’s seemingly a reference that Threads is Twitter… but better… as Zuckerberg said in an Instagram post that the “world needs this kind of friendly community.”

It took less than two hours for Musk to diss his rival:

Dana White, the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), wants to turn these digital punches into an IRL real cage match, with Vegas odds placing Zuckerberg as the hypothetical favorite at -160.

As someone who knows wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, I have to admit that I’m really entertained by this.

But as a successful entrepreneur, what I really want to see is who “wins” the business battle between Tesla and Meta — since that’s the cage match that can put money in your pocket.

To get that answer, I knew where to turn… since investors are already “voting” on the outcome of that “Tesla vs. Meta” matchup.

The Tesla vs. Meta Battle Royale

To drill down into hard data that can project the eventual winner, I turned to Jason Bodner, the inventor of the Quantum Edge investing system.

Because of his decades on Wall Street, Jason knows that if you follow the smartest and wealthiest “Big Money” players — and see where they’re putting their own cash — you can piggyback off their trades and create your own successful results.

And that’s why his Quantum Edge system can provide such an “edge” in moments like this — it shows how Big Money is “voting” through their dollars on whether Tesla or Meta is a better buy.

Let’s start with Tesla.

In addition to tracking the signals of Big Money buys and sells, Jason’s system also has three scores for each stock: a MAP Score, a Technical Score, and a Fundamental Score.

I won’t go under the hood and get into the nitty-gritty of how those work, but all you really need to know is that the higher the score, the better the investment opportunity.

☑️ MAP Score: 81

☑️ Technical Score: 82.35

☑️ Fundamental Score: 79.18

Those are all very solid scores.

Next, we can turn to those Big Money signals mentioned earlier.

Over the last 30 days, there have been eight Buy Signals on Tesla, and over the last 90 days, there have been 11 Buy Signals.

Now, let’s turn to Meta and see how it stacks up.

☑️ MAP Score: 81

☑️ Technical Score: 91.18

☑️ Fundamental Score: 66.68

Each is tied for the MAP Score, with Meta winning the Technical Score category and Tesla winning the Fundamental Score category.

For a tiebreaker, we can turn to Big Money.

Over the last 30 days, there have been three Buy Signals for META, and over the last 90 days, there have been 12 Buy Signals.

Meta won the 90-day contest, but Tesla has trounced Meta over the last 30 days with eight buy signals to Meta’s three.

In handicapping a winner, the data over the last 30 days tells us that it’s Tesla.

Jason also shared that betting against Tesla right now is like standing in front of a moving bus and trying to get it to slow down all on your own.

It won’t end well.

We’ll wait to see if the real-life cage match happens, but we didn’t have to wait to see which company is winning as a better investment opportunity.