Tesla (TSLA) shares dipped below $1,000 each on Monday, to their lowest level since October. The electric vehicle giant’s stock slipped as much as 5% during the morning session.
Traders highlight the stock dipped below its 50-day moving average, which is commonly considered a warning sign. Shares hit an intraday low of $957.21 during the morning session. A close below the 50-day moving average could signal more selling ahead.
“A retracement to the 100 day [moving average] at $865 would be a downside technical target to watch,” Jay Woods, chief markets strategist at DriveWealth told Yahoo Finance.
“It did have a 37% correction from January to May. So a correction is not out of the ordinary when looking at TSLA historically,” he added.
Electric vehicle stocks on Monday, December 13, 2021
The stock’s downward move comes on the same day CEO Elon Musk was named “Times Person of the Year”.
Bianco Research President Jim Bianco points out “TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year has historically been a great contrarian Indicator. Consider yourself warned.” Bianco highlights other notable POY, including Amazon’s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos given the accolade in 1999. The stock subsequently tanked during the dot-com bubble burst.
Musk began selling billions of dollars worth of Tesla shares in November, a move he had telegraphed earlier this year. The selling put pressure on the stock. Recent market volatility and concerns over the Federal Reserve taking steps to combat inflation have also caused intraday downward moves.
However some investors aren’t phased by the stock’s sell-off. Investment advisor Ross Gerber told Yahoo Finance last month recent price drops are an opportunity to buy.
The company hit $1 trillion in valuation for the first time ever on October 25th. The stock reached an all-time high of $1,229.91 on November 4.