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'Very Capable' Team Vetted Nikola Ahead Of $2B Deal, GM CEO Says  

By Editor - Tue Sep 15, 5:33 am

After a short seller targeted Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA) over alleged deception, the electric car maker received a show of support from General Motors Company (NYSE: GM).What Happened: General Motors CEO Mary Barra, during a conference with RBC Capital Markets on Monday, claimed that the company conducted “appropriate diligence” when entering into a $2 billion partnership with Nikola, CNBC reported.”The company has worked with a lot of different partners and we're a very capable team that has done the appropriate diligence,” Barra said, according to CNBC.Why Does It Matter: General Motors and Nikola announced on Sept. 8 they were entering into a $2 billion 10-year partnership, where the former would engineer and manufacture Nikola's pickup truck Badger.Short seller Hindenburg Research in a report Wednesday alleged that Nikola is deceiving investors and claimed misrepresentation on the part of the electric vehicle company.As a part of the $2 billion agreement, GM received an 11% stake in Nikola. However, the short seller's report suggested that the deal was a result of analyst and shareholder pressure after Wall Street's EV stock buying frenzy.The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is probing the Hindenburg allegations against Nikola, according to a Bloomberg report late Monday.Price Movement: Nikola shares slumped 8.13% at $32.88 in the after-hours session Monday, after a 11.39% uptick during regular hours.GM stock marginally declined to $30.92 per share in the after-hours.Photo courtesy: Nikola Corp.See more from Benzinga * Nikola Founder Urges EV Company's Investors To Exercise Their Warrants(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

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