Wall Street Analysts Still Shy Away From Tesla Bandwagon

Tesla | January 16, 2020

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares fell in midday trading Thursday, which shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone who’s been watching the stock lately. The stock has nearly doubled in the last six months. Rallies do run out of steam and even the most bullish of bulls take some profits on a hot stock. Shares were down about 3.4% due to a couple of reasons. First, a report showed that the electric automaker’s sales in California nearly halved in the final quarter of 2019 as a ramp-up in tax credits for buyers of Tesla cars ended. The second, a downgrade from Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) today, is more interesting. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) simultaneously downgraded the stock to underweight from equal weight and raised its price target to $360 per share from $250. This kind of dichotomy happens when an analyst is caught flat-footed by a rally but still doesn’t like the stock, so the price target base is raised.

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