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Tesla price target reductions, Rivian recall take focus as EV stocks slide

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Electric vehicle stocks are continuing to slide on Monday as a broader market turnover continues to affect the economy. Tesla faced several price target reductions on Monday morning amidst a lower-than-expected delivery count for Q3, while Rivian shares are down due to a recall that affected over 12,000 vehicles. However, these are not the only two companies facing heat during Monday’s trading session.


Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares have been beaten and battered over the past month, down over 27 percent. Last week alone accounted for a nearly 12 percent slip in Tesla share price, attributed to a weaker-than-anticipated delivery count when the company announced Q3 numbers earlier this month. Tesla delivered 343,890 vehicles but missed Wall Street expectations. The automaker detailed difficult supply chain conditions for the slide in deliveries, which ultimately ended up occurring in Q4 instead of Q3.

“As our production volumes continue to grow, it is becoming increasingly challenging to secure vehicle transportation capacity and at a reasonable cost during these peak logistics weeks,” Tesla said when it announced the delivery figures on October 2. “In Q3, we began transitioning to a more even regional mix of vehicle builds each week, which led to an increase in cars in transit at the end of the quarter. These cars have been ordered and will be delivered to customers upon arrival at their destination.”

These issues, while contributing to early Q4 deliveries, encouraged Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas to trim his Tesla price target from $383 to $350.

“We believe factors that drove Tesla’s weaker than expected 3Q production and deliveries could continue to present headwinds into 4Q as well as into FY23,” a note to investors said. Morgan Stanley trimmed its 2022 delivery outlook from 1.37 million vehicles to 1.31 million. The firm also revised its 2023 forecast by 200,000 cars from 2 million to 1.8 million.

“We reiterate our OW (overweight) rating on Tesla and continue to position the name as a core holding.”

Tesla also had its price target trimmed by UBS from $367 to $350, as analyst Patrick Hummel maintained a “Buy” rating. RBC Capital Markets analyst Joseph Spak also cut the firm’s price target on Tesla to $340 from $367.

Tesla shares were trading at $222.79 at the time of publish.


Rivian (NASDAQ: RIVN) saw more than a 10.5 percent dip in Monday trading following a recall of more than 12,000 vehicles on Friday.

Rivian announced last week that it was issuing a recall on 12,212 R1T, R1S, and EDV (Electric Delivery Van) units due to a “loose steering knuckle fastener.” The NHTSA stated, “The fastener connecting the front upper control arm and steering knuckle may have been improperly tightened,” which may cause the fastener to separate and cause a loss of vehicle control.

“This is a black eye for Rivian now just starting to hit its stride on reaching its 25k production target,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said. “A modest setback.”

Rivian shares were trading at $30.63 at the time of publish.

Other EV Stocks: A rough day on Wall Street

Lucid (NASDAQ: LCID), Nio (NYSE: NIO), Li Auto (NASDAQ: LI), and Ford (NYSE: F) were all down at least 3 percent at 11:20 A.M. on the East Coast.

Ford’s 7.2 percent drop on Monday was the most notable. Wall Street continues skepticism on whether legacy automakers like Ford and GM can remain afloat among rising competition and a robust lineup of carmakers that show more promise in the EV sector. Analysts at UBS downgraded Ford and lowered its price target to $10 from $13. The Motley Fool stated in its synopsis of Ford’s struggles that the company’s key metrics for September were the weakest among U.S. automakers, making it more vulnerable during a recession than its peers.

Price increases on Ford’s F-150 Lightning have indicated the company is making the right moves to keep margins in the right place. Additionally, the company is feeling healthy demand from consumers as it recently suspended accepting orders on the Mustang Mach-E’s base trim, citing high demand and a long order backlog.

Ford stock was trading at $11.32 at the time of publish.

Disclosure: Joey Klender owns Tesla stock, but no shares of any other automaker mentioned in this article.

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