Tesla Stock Price (TSLA): Tesla shares close to breakout, sub $500 will be target if they do

  • Tesla shares suffer broad-based sell off on Tuesday.
  • TSLA looks to break out of lower end of triangle formation.
  • TSLA shares will target sub $500 if breaks lower.

Update: Tesla shares continue to suffer on Tuesday as risk-off hurts equities as investors turn cautious ahead of Friday's employment report. Tesla is dangerously close to breaking the lower end of its triangle support. A break would be bearish with a sub $500 price target.


Tesla shares have just not been right since reporting earnings on April 26. Earnings per share (EPS) did beat analyst expectations, but the manner of the beat and revenue did not sit well with investors. Basically, Tesla made a lot of money from Bitcoin trading and from environmental credits – not from selling vehicles.

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Tesla is one of the most well-known and followed stocks and garners significant attention from both retail and institutional investors. Elon Musk is rarely out of the news, and Tesla has revolutionized the adoption of electric vehicle technology. However, investors are now wondering if Tesla has poked the bear, so to speak, and may end up being a victim of its own success. All legacy carmakers have announced plans to commit to a fully electric future. The majority of legacy auto manufacturers have targeted 2030 for this transition. 

Tesla stock forecast

Tesla is more volatile than the broader stock market, i.e. it has a higher beta. It has been suffering volatile falls given its rapid appreciation last year. 

The longer-term chart clearly shows where Tesla has come from, as well as the strong first phase of price consolidation and the sudden and sharp pace of the breakout. This is what breakouts are supposed to look like, sharp and sudden. Now Tesla has returned to the price range of its second consolidation. The bear target is a return to the original consolidation area below $500. $780 is a big resistance level, and failure to breach has resulted in a bearish move.


The daily chart shows us the problem for Tesla bulls. The 9-day moving average is holding Tesla in place, and this is now converging into a strong resistance area as the 9, 21 and 50-day moving averages converge around $702. This will prove tough to break. Should TSLA break above here, it will be a strong bullish move with a target of $750, the top of the triangle formation and an ultimate test of new highs.

Failure to push higher will see Tesla shares target the lower end of the triangle at $667 and a breakout of the triangle will give bears the ultimate aim of a return to the first consolidation area. Support along the way comes in at $674 from the 100-day moving average and $575 from the 200-day moving average.

Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) has crossed into a negative signal as has the Directional Movement Index (DMI) but with a weak signal. 


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