All the Technical Reasons to Remain Bearish on Tesla Motors

Elon Musk-led Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) is due to release its quarterly numbers of Feb 10, 2016. However, the stock has been trading with a bearish bias ever since the start of this year, losing 33% YTD. The stock currently trades at $162.60 but a technical evaluation of the price chart suggests that there is room for more downside.

Taking a look at the weekly Tesla Motors price chart taken from, one can clearly see bears piercing crucial support levels, which exposes investors to a greater downside.

For long, the stock had been treating the level of $180 as an important buying level, but this time, that support has been breached decisively. The registered a double-top near the resistance of $290, which puts the final target at $80 per share if the bearish pattern matures successfully.

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If seen from another angle, stock breached the upward sloping cushion (marked in the chart above), after facing repeated selling pressure in the contracting channel.

Having breached two long-term support levels, Tesla Motors faces an increasing risk of meeting its two bearish price targets. One is the primary target of $120 while other is the final target of $80.

Fibonacci Retracements – As the bearish momentum intensified, the stock failed to sustain above the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of $190 and dropped to test the 50% Fibonacci retracement level of $159. The rally from late 2012 to the peak level of $291 has been considered here.

If the 50% retracement is violated, the stock may freefall to the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of $127, which is very close to our primary target.


As the stock market generally front-runs the official announcements, it seems that Tesla Motors may disappoint in its quarterly results and may even give weak guidance. Market participants should wait for a pullback before they build fresh short positions. Keep a stop-loss near $190 and place bearish bets on rallies.

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