Tesla (TSLA) Extends Breakdown Amid Valuation Concerns

Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) shares extended their losses during Tuesday's session as the market continues to reassess the company's valuation amid rising real interest rates and falling Bitcoin (BTCUSD) prices.

Key Takeaways

  • Tesla shares extended their losses during Tuesday's session as the market rethinks the stock's valuation amid rising real interest rates and lower Bitcoin prices.
  • Wedbush Securities recently estimated that Tesla made about $1 billion in profit from its Bitcoin position, effectively tying some of its fortunes to the cryptocurrency.
  • The stock broke down from the 50-day moving average during Monday's session and extended those losses on Tuesday to trendline support levels.

Tesla stock trades with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of more than 185x compared to just 19x for the wider automotive industry. With real interest rates on the rise, the market has transitioned from growth to value stocks, putting pressure on high valuations. The electric vehicle industry has also been dealing with disruptions from a global chip shortage. 

There's also the Bitcoin angle. After purchasing $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin, Tesla racked up an estimated $1 billion profit earlier this month, effectively tying the stock's valuation to the cryptocurrency's performance. Bitcoin prices fell more than 8% during Tuesday's session, which may have further contributed to the selloff in Tesla stock.


A real interest rate is an interest rate that has been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation to reflect the real cost of funds to the borrower and the real yield to the lender or to an investor. The real interest rate reflects the rate of time-preference for current goods over future goods.

Chart showing the share price performance of Tesla, Inc. (TSLA)


From a technical standpoint, Tesla stock broke down from its 50-day moving average at $770.71 on Monday before falling further to key support levels on Tuesday. The relative strength index (RSI) is approaching oversold levels with a reading of 30.50, while the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) remains in a sharp downtrend. These indicators suggest that the stock could see some near-term consolidation, but the overall trend remains bearish.

Traders should watch for consolidation between trendline support at around $650.00 and the 50-day moving average at $770.71 over the coming sessions. If the stock breaks down, traders could see a move toward Fibonacci support at $592.02 or $508.28. If the stock breaks out, traders should watch for a retest of highs of around $900.00.

The Bottom Line

Tesla shares extended their losses during Tuesday's session as the market reassesses valuations amid rising real interest rates. In addition, the stock could be affected from falling Bitcoin prices following its $1.5 billion investment as well as a global chip shortage.

The author holds no position in the stock(s) mentioned except through passively managed index funds.

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