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Tesla could see a ~40% rally, but that doesn’t mean it’s a ‘Buy,’ claims analyst

In a rather interesting episode of CNBC‘s Trading Nation, Oppenheimer technical analyst Ari Wald mentioned that Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) could be poised to see some recovery. Despite this, the analyst mentioned during his segment that he does not consider Tesla stock a “Buy.”

The Oppenheimer analyst argued that Tesla stock has been notably volatile to the point where its price direction is nearly aimless. In the past 12 months alone, Tesla shares swung from prices as high as $387 per share to as low as $244.59 per share. With $250 being a big support range level, Wald estimated that TSLA shares could swing back to $360 per share.

“This is one we’ve been on the sidelines with, avoiding both on the long end and short side, just given how directionless and choppy it’s been, and that’s still the case. It’s paid to buy it when it’s ugly and sell it when it starts to look good, so with that in mind, it probably looks more positive than not, just considering how bad it’s performed; $250 is the big support range level, $360 is the upside there,” the analyst said.

If Tesla does move back to the $360 per share level, it will represent a nearly 40% upside from Monday’s $260.42 close. Yet, despite the potential recovery, Wald stated that this does not mean TSLA is a “Buy.” “You can see the flat 200-day that exemplifies that directionless action. If we allocate toward stocks that trend, this isn’t one of them,” he noted.

Tesla stock has been weighed down recently partly due to concerns over the Model 3’s alleged “meager” demand and the ongoing issues between CEO Elon Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On Monday alone, RBC analyst Joseph Spak slashed his price target on Tesla by $35 to $210 each. JMP Securities analyst Joseph Osha also trimmed his price target for Tesla by 3% to $394 per share. Both analysts cited reservations over the Model 3’s demand this first quarter as among the drivers behind their more conservative estimates.

Tesla, for its part, appears to be drawing the curtains back for some good news. On Monday, Tesla proved victorious after a judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the company committed fraud during the initial months of the Model 3 production ramp. A recent update from Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas also confirmed that Tesla is not under a Wells notice and is not legally prevented from issuing stock, putting to rest a persistent point that has been brought against the company by its critics. The average price target in Wall St for Tesla stock also remains at $335 per share, implying a ~30% upside from Monday’s close.

This Tuesday, Tesla’s shares appear to be getting a breather, trading (+2.90%) at $267.84 per share as of writing.

Disclosure: I have no ownership in shares of TSLA and have no plans to initiate any positions within 72 hours.

Tesla could see a ~40% rally, but that doesn’t mean it’s a ‘Buy,’ claims analyst
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