Tesla Stock Downgraded on Valuation Concerns

Options bulls are calling a bottom for Alcoa stock

Deputy Editor
Jun 22, 2023 at 11:50 AM
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As Wall Street winds down a sour week, analysts are busy making their final calls. So far, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)Alcoa Corp (NYSE:AA), and Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (NYSE:BUD) are all making midday moves after analysts weighed in.

Analyst Questions Tesla's Valuation 

Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla to "equal weight" from "overweight," though it raised its price target to $250 from $200. The firm said TSLA is "fully-valued," as investors overstate the stock's ability to benefit from artificial intelligence (AI). Coming into today, 13 of 24 covering brokerages rated the stock a "hold" or worse.

At last glance, TSLA was 0.3% higher to trade at $260.20. The equity yesterday touched its highest level since September, before pulling back to close below the $260 level. Year-to-date, Tesla stock is up more than 112%.

Can Alcoa Meet Key Profit Metrics?

Morgan Stanley also downgraded Alcoa stock, lowering its rating to "underweight" from "equal weight" amid concerns that the aluminum producer could miss key profit metrics amid high operate leverage to aluminum prices. In response, AA was last seen 5.3% lower at $33.06, adding to a 32.6% year-over-year deficit.

Brokerage Sees Bud Light Headwinds Fading 

Deutsche Bank raised its rating on Anheuser-Busch stock to "buy," saying headwinds from the Bud Light backlash are destined to fade even if the U.S. unit fails to fully recover. In its bull note, the firm said, "We believe recent underperformance implies a permanent reduction in ABI's US business."

Last seen up 1.4% at $57.52, BUD maintains a 10.3% 12-month lead, but is down roughly 14% this quarter. Analysts were split on the equity, which leaves room for more brokerages to follow Deutsche Bank's lead. Specifically, while four covering firms rated Anheuser-Busch stock a "strong buy," four maintained a "hold" or worse rating.


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