Tesla (TSLA) stock slid on Friday, hitting lows not seen since November 2020, as continued weakness wreaks havoc on Tesla bulls.
Tesla closed more than 1.5%, plunging below $177 shortly after the opening bell. For the week, stocks are down more than 6.5% – and 50% since the start of the year.
The weakness in Tesla shares follows news this week that Elon Musk has identified someone as a potential successor for his role as Tesla CEO. The revelation emerged during a lawsuit over the $55 billion salary package Musk awarded him in 2018.
Musk’s further disclosures of additional Tesla stock sales last week rattled investors, as Musk continued to raise funds for his purchase of Twitter, which is now seen by analysts as a distraction for Musk at best. , and at worst as a bigger financial mistake.
News of Musk’s Tesla stock sale last week, now bringing his total shares sold since the announcement of the Twitter deal to buy to nearly $19 billion, prompted the analyst to Wedbush Dan Ives to throw in the towel on the stock, removing it from the company’s “best ideas” list. , and reducing its target from $300 to $250.
Tesla’s stock performance has also been hurt recently by factors such as a potential slowdown in China, which Musk says could be in the midst of a downturn, as well as concerns about weakening demand in the states. United States, as well as larger macroeconomic concerns about the global economy. New competition from traditional automakers such as Volkswagen, GM and Ford threatens Tesla’s strong lead in electric vehicles in the United States and Europe.
Turning to today, beyond the fundamentals, it is also possible for the technical sell-off to affect stocks. Barron’s report techs like John Roque of 22V Research advise to “sell any rally at $200”, and Katie Stockton of Fairlead Research warns that the stock must reach $207 “to avoid a confirmed breakdown that would put next support at nearly $180”.
The deadline for Tesla to hit Stockton’s $207 mark was today, and Tesla shares have already fallen below its $180 support level.
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Pras Subramanian is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. You can follow him on Twitter and on instagram.
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