Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Shares Down in Pre-market Yet Again – What’s Up?

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It’s been a nightmarish 2016 for investors of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) as the stock continues to plunge, almost on a daily basis. That drop has continued today as the stock is down $5.88 or 3.97% in the pre-market this morning. Shares are now trading at a 50% discount from their 52-week highs seen back in July of last year, and are at their lowest levels since January of 2014.

To make matters even worse, as the company approaches its quarterly earnings report tomorrow, analysts have begun downgrading the stock on the possibilty of a slow ramp up in Model X production. While Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is not a stock for the shortsighted, the company does need to show if they are on track to hit their goals, and provide a timeline for expected profitability. In our opinion this stock has been pushed down a bit too far, however, earnings will be telling and it may be best to take a wait and see approach.

The stock decreased 8.99% or $14.61 during the last trading session, hitting $147.99. Approximately 21,592 shares traded hands. TSLA shares have declined 47.09% since July 6, 2015 and are currently downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 38.23%.

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 95.72% above today’s ($147.99) 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 increased, 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 buys, and 5 selling transactions 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 $4.26 million. 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 $2.40 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 $17.97 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.

  • I must have missed the part where the authors of this article actually told us “what’s up” with Tesla shares being down more than six percent AGAIN in premarket trading. Granted, it wouldn’t be all that bolstering for the so-called “financial services” industry if its soothsayers were to just tell us straight up that institutions are selling because other institutions have been selling, and that selling just seems like a great herd mentality absent anything else to do, but it’d be a lot more honest than offering a seemingly rational analysis that comes down to, “Well, earnings get posted tomorrow, and what the f*** are we supposed to do in the meantime but whatever everyone else is doing?” 😉