The Making of a Bubble: Tesla
In the past 20 years, we have seen a few bubbles and experienced their devastation of our investments and retirement funds. Today Tesla—which trades on NASDAQ is TSLA—is a bubble in the making, in my opinion. Here is a company that has basically one product which has not made money since its inception and now is touted as the next big thing. The electric car industry has not done well in recent years, despite the advances in battery technology. It has been propped up by government subsidies as part of the green movement. With the election of President Trump, these subsidies are due to expire and probably won't be renewed. Where does that leave Tesla?
- Apr. 2017
The stock market is unlike any other market. It fluctuates up and down on a daily basis and sometimes due to public perception more than reality. If something is cool or the latest sensation, it cause a distortion of the market place. For a brief time, a stock value can be inflated based on perception and good will. Just as quickly, it can drop based on some negative or bad news. That is because there were no fundamentals behind the rise. The earnings and sales may not meet expectations.
TSLA has risen in the last 6 months from an average of $200 per share to $303 per share. That is a 50% rise. Meanwhile, it has a negative price/earnings ratio. It has failed to deliver on the projected number of cars shipped. The price of the car is still very high compared to comparable gas-powered cars. Recharging stations are still few and far between outside of California.
Compared to DOW and NASDAQ
DOT COM Bubble
Record Market Capitalization
Another key factor to look at is market capitalization. That is the value of a company based on the number of outstanding shares multiplied by the current stock price. By that calculation, Tesla is higher than GM or Ford, who manufactures and sells over 1 million cars a year with multiple models. By comparison, Tesla only sold an estimated 80,000 cars in 2016 with only 3 models. How did their market capitalization reach this level if not for a huge bubble?
I am just stating the obvious. I guess there is always a chance I could be wrong here. Tesla may just be the next Amazon or Apple...or it could just be similar to the dot.com bubble.
Some Related Info
- Tesla Q4 2016 Production and Deliveries (NASDAQ:TSLA)
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/03/17 -- Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) produced 24,882 vehicles in Q4, resulting in total 2016 production of 83,922 vehicles. This was an increase of 64% from 2015....
- 2016 Year End U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings - Top 299 Best-Selling Vehicles In America - Every Vehicle
Top Selling Cars in 2016
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