Tesla Stock Slides as Price Cuts Squeeze Margins

The EV giant is weighing on the Nasdaq today

Deputy Editor
Jul 20, 2023 at 10:37 AM
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Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is helping Netflix (NFLX) drag the Nasdaq today, after both tech names' lackluster second-quarter earnings reports. The electric vehicle (EV) giant posted strong results, including record revenue. However, operating margins fell due to price cuts, with CEO Elon Musk hinting at more price cuts to come. At last glance, TSLA was down 6.8% to trade at $271.37. 

At last check, four brokerages upped their Tesla price targets, the highest coming from Wedbush to $350 from $300. The stock's consensus 12-month price target of $223.27 is a 18.5% discount to its current perch, implying there's ample room for more revisions going forward.

Yesterday, TSLA rose to its highest level since September before moving lower to snap a six-day win streak. Today's gap lower has the equity back below former pressure at the $280 level, though its 20-day moving average still lingers below as support. Year-to-date, Tesla stock is up 125%. 

Typically popular amongst options traders regardless, TSLA is seeing double the average intraday volume today, with 827,000 calls and 427,000 puts exchanged so far. Expiring tomorrow, the July 300 call is the most active contract, with new positions being bought to open. 

Options are an attractive route, per TSLA's Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) that checks in at a 96 out of 100, meaning the stock has exceeded option traders' volatility expectations during the past year.




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