Tesla’s Recent Market Fluctuations: A Closer Look at the Numbers and Potential Factors

Gary Thomson, Chief Operating Officer FXOpen UK

Tesla, the enigmatic giant of the automotive and tech industries, is experiencing a period of market turbulence, prompting questions about the underlying causes and the significance of its recent stock decline. Known for its volatility, Tesla’s unique position among major corporations sets it apart, making it a focal point for investors and analysts.

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As of the first weeks of 2024, Tesla’s shares have witnessed a notable decline, standing in contrast to the broader trend of rising tech stocks throughout the previous year. The descent from $264 per share on December 28, 2023 to $218.55 in the early European trading hours at FXOpen signals a rapid descent, with some reports citing a 12% drop since the beginning of the year, leading to what some characterise as a ‘sell-off’ by investors.

This downturn is intriguing, especially considering the positive trajectory of tech stocks in 2023, a year marked by a substantial rebound from the challenges faced by the tech market in 2022. While Tesla participated in this surge, reaching $295 in July, the subsequent decline to $214 in August indicated a comparatively short-lived rally.

The current sustained decline is particularly noteworthy, especially when juxtaposed against the backdrop of the United States being hailed as a favourable business environment for large corporations in the coming year. With inflation reportedly under control and the possibility of a looser monetary policy, one might anticipate companies like Tesla having more capital for expansion and marketing endeavours.

Comparisons with Tesla’s historical performance at the start of each year reveal that 2024 marks the fourth-worst beginning since the company went public on the NASDAQ exchange 13 years ago. A significant instance occurred in 2012, when Tesla faced a 20% loss in the initial nine days of trading. However, the context was vastly different, with Tesla being a nascent company challenging established norms in the automotive industry.

Today, Tesla stands as a transformative force that has reshaped the global manufacturing landscape, pioneering the electric vehicle revolution. The recent dip, reminiscent of the company’s early years, raises questions about its resilience amid a vastly changed industry landscape.

Speculations about potential causes for the market downturn include Tesla’s price reductions for vehicles in the Chinese market and Hertz’s decision to sell a portion of its electric vehicle fleet. Some analysts also point to the sale of Tesla’s Model 3 cars in the United States at prices as low as $14,000 each. However, when scrutinising the broader electric vehicle market, the data contradicts these theories, with American car buyers purchasing 45% more electric vehicles in 2023 compared to the previous year.

While Tesla’s stock may have decreased over the past two weeks, it remains higher than the spring of 2023 when it hit $152 at FXOpen at the end of April. Considering the overall growth in share prices throughout 2023, this recent volatility aligns with the inherent nature of Tesla’s stock, mirroring the disruptive tendencies of its visionary founder, Elon Musk.

As the market closely monitors Tesla’s trajectory, the company’s unique position and historical patterns make it a compelling case study in the ever-evolving landscape of the automotive and tech industries.

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