Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Shares Hit New 52-week Low As Confidence Falls

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Shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) are down considerably in mid-morning trading today as confidence of a solid earnings report when the company reports on Wednesday seems to be lacking.

The stock is down over 25% in 2016 alone and over 40% from it’s highs seen back in July of last year. A mixture of poor sales figures combined with a handful of analyst downgrades have had quite a negative impact on Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares as of late. A solid earnings report could turn things around next week, but a negative report could see the stock challenge lows seen back in late 2013. We will be watching the stock closely over the next week and a half. The stock is down 5.11% or $9.35 following the news, hitting $173.43 per share. Approximately 1.10M shares traded hands. TSLA shares have declined 30.24% since June 29, 2015 and are currently downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 21.37%.

From a total of 16 analysts covering Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock, 8 rate it a “Buy”, 3 a “Sell”, and 5 a “Hold”. This means that 50% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $465 while the lowest target price is $180. The mean of all analyst targets is $289.65 which is 67.01% above today’s ($173.43) stock price. Tesla Motors Inc was the topic of 30 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. JMP Securities initiated shares on December 14 with a “Market Perform” rating. Barclays Capital downgraded shares to a”Underweight” rating and a $180 target share price in their report from an October 9. Evercore maintained TSLA stock in a recent report from November 4 with a “Buy” rating. Robert W. Baird downgraded the rating on October 7. Robert W. Baird has a “Neutral” rating and a $282 price target on shares. Finally, S&P Research upgraded the stock to a “Hold” rating in a report they issued on an October 13.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.29 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.01, from 1.28 in 2015Q2. The ratio improved, as 84 funds sold all their Tesla Motors Inc shares they owned while 122 reduced their positions. 66 funds bought stakes while 199 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 76.22 million shares which is 1.63% less than the previous share count of 77.48 million in 2015Q2.

J&P(China)Capital Management Co.Ltd holds 50.38% of its total portfolio in Tesla Motors Inc, equating to 975,058 shares. Andor Capital Management L.L.C. owns 1.00 million shares representing 39.05% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Zevenbergen Capital Investments Llc has 6.58% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 618,255 shares. The New York-based Long Oar Global Investors Llc has a total of 5.74% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Hhr Asset Management Llc, a New Jersey-based fund reported 488,021 shares owned.

Since April 16, 2015, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 5 sales for a total of $12.70 million in net activity. Straubel Jeffrey B sold 10,000 shares worth $2.18M. Ehrenpreis Ira Matthew sold 16,698 shares worth $4.26M. Ahuja Deepak sold 5,000 shares worth $1.29M. Guillen Jerome M sold 1,500 shares worth $373,291. The insider Reichow Gregory sold 10,000 shares worth $2.40 million.

Tesla Motors, Inc. is a United States company, which designs, develops, makes and sells electric vehicles, electric vehicle powertrain components and stationary energy storage systems. The company has a market cap of $24.47 billion. The Firm sells and produces a vehicle under the name Model S, which is a fully electric, four-door, five-adult passenger sedan. It currently has negative earnings. In addition to developing its own vehicles, it develops, sells, and services full electric powertrain systems and components to other automobile manufacturers.

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