Tesla Inc. shares hovered at their lowest in 2½ years as Wall Street continued to worry about the company’s growth prospects and attempt to curb expenses.
Tesla TSLA, -4.28% stock fell more than 5% on Monday, poised to close at its lowest since Dec. 15, 2016, and trading as low as $195.25.
“The stock recently fell through key technical support levels, so there’s a lot of momentum to the downside,” said Garrett Nelson, an analyst at CFRA.
Adding to that downward momentum, analysts at Wedbush earlier Mond
ay cut their price target on Tesla to $230 from $275, a 15% upside over midday prices, saying “clouds are getting darker” for the company.
“We continue to have major concerns around the trajectory of Tesla’s growth prospects and underlying demand on Model 3 in the U.S. over the coming quarters which is putting more heat in the kitchen on (Chief Executive Elon Musk)” and Tesla to rein in expenses with an eye toward hitting its profitability goals in the second half of the year, “a Kilimanjaro-like uphill climb,” the Wedbush analysts said in a note Monday.
Tapping capital markets to the tune of $2.4 billion earlier this month was “a smart strategic step forward” to give the company a “more formidable” balance sheet ahead of significant debt payments as well as a choppy profitability profile over the next 12 to 18 months, the Wedbush analysts, led by Dan Ives, said in the note.
They kept their equivalent of a hold rating on Tesla. Ives and his team cut their views to hold from buy in April, when they deemed the company’s first-quarter results miss and the accompanying call with analysts “one of the top debacles we have
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