It’s been a terrible February for Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) shareholders as the company’s stock continues to lose ground in pre-market trading today. As of publishing this story the stock is down another $7.91 or 4.86% as pre-market volume continues to stream in.
Today’s early drop seems to have more to do with the overall market selloff and oil price decline than anything else. As oil prices dipped below $30 a barrel once again this morning, investors likely see the demand for electric vehicles decreasing over the short term. There is no doubt that an oil glut is an overall negative for clean energy and those companies associated with such energy as the price of gasoline drops in unison with the oil price.
Shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) began the month close to $200 and here we are just six trading days into the month and the stock sits at around $154 this morning. The stock decreased 7.26% or $12.73 during the last trading session, hitting $162.6. Approximately 24,866 shares traded hands. TSLA shares have declined 41.93% since July 2, 2015 and are currently downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 33.06%.
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 78.14% above today’s ($162.6) 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 insider sales for a total of $12.70 million in net activity. Straubel Jeffrey B sold 10,000 shares worth $2.18 million. Ehrenpreis Ira Matthew sold 16,698 shares worth $4.26M. Ahuja Deepak sold 5,000 shares worth $1.29 million. Guillen Jerome M sold 1,500 shares worth $373,291. The insider Reichow Gregory sold 10,000 shares worth $2.40M.
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 $19.75 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.