Tesla stock is having a dominant start to 2023 and retail investors are loving it

Good morning team. I’m senior reporter Phil Rosen. 

Today I want to point you toward Tesla. 

Not that Elon Musk really needs more attention, but his company’s stock warrants a look for a very successful six-week stretch. 

We’re right on the brink of the weekend — let’s not delay.


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Elon Musk.

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1. Last year, Tesla drew headlines for its roughly 65% stock decline. But just six weeks into the new year, the electric vehicle maker has nearly erased those losses.

Elon Musk’s company last year saw $700 billion in market value wiped off as rising interest rates weighed on investors’ appetite for growth stocks.

Not only that, but Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter spooked investors, too, with some accusing him of using Tesla as his personal ATM for his takeover.

Tesla’s dramatic resurgence is fueled by its strong fourth-quarter earnings performance as well as markets’ anticipation of coming interest-rate cuts from the central bank, given that inflation has fallen for six months in a row.

Remember, easing monetary policy catalyzes riskier bets on names with high growth potential. 

Tesla is also making its rivals sweat with its recent price cuts on its vehicles that some analysts have speculated could drive an EV-price war.

Bank of America strategists have forecasted that the move can ultimately boost sales volume, and Wedbush gave Tesla stock a 35% upside.

Now, the stock has climbed alongside a broader market rally. The Nasdaq has jumped about 16% year-to-date, and the S&P 500 is up about 8%. 

And according to Vanda Research, retail investors’ bullishness for Tesla is driving a FOMO Tesla trade that has pushed inflows from the cohort into the stock market at levels not seen since 2020. 

“We believe that retail traders are currently chasing momentum in the stock aiming to recoup 2022 losses,” strategists wrote, adding that Musk himself has also helped catalyze interest in the brand, and retail buyers are eagerly awaiting Tesla’s upcoming investor day. 

“Master Plan 3, the path to a fully sustainable energy future for Earth will be presented on March 1. The future is bright!” Musk tweeted on Tuesday.

Are you bullish on Tesla’s prospects in 2023? Tweet me (@philrosenn) or email me (prosen@insider.com) to let me know.


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Curated by Phil Rosen in New York. Feedback or tips? Tweet @philrosenn or email prosen@insider.com

Edited by Max Adams (@maxradams) in New York and Hallam Bullock (@hallam_bullock) in London.