Tesla Inc’s stock extended its losses and is now down by a third from its January record high, making it the third time in about a year that the electric car maker’s shares have corrected that dramatically.

In this file photo, a man wearing a face mask walks by Tesla Model 3 sedans and Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle at a new Tesla showroom in Shanghai, China, May 8, 2020.
In this file photo, a man wearing a face mask walks by Tesla Model 3 sedans and Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle at a new Tesla showroom in Shanghai, China, May 8, 2020. (Yilei Sun / Reuters)

With investors worried about rising interest rates and dumping high-valuation stocks in recent weeks, Tesla’s market capitalisation has fallen by almost $300 billion since its January 26 record high to $550 billion, moving behind Facebook Inc, which it overtook in December after joining the S&P 500.

Tesla shares fell over 4 percent on Monday and were down almost 35 percent from their peak on January 26. 

The ARK Innovation ETF, which has 10 percent of its assets invested  in Tesla, fell 6 percent.

Technology and other growth stocks have fallen broadly since February 12, when the Nasdaq closed at its most recent record high. 

However, Tesla’s decline during that time has been much deeper than Wall Street’s other heavyweights.

Tesla’s surge in recent months is rooted in expectations it will expand car production quickly and profitably. 

The stock’s latest dip follows a tweet by Chief Executive Elon Musk on Saturday that an update on Tesla’s planned Cybertruck pickup would likely be provided in the second quarter. 

Musk unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019.

The most volatile among Wall Street’s largest companies, Tesla’s shares have fallen by amounts similar to or greater than the current selloff twice since early 2020. 

The stock slumped over 60 percent in February and March last year, when the coronavirus pandemic shocked global markets. 

After soaring to new highs in August, it dropped 33 percent before resuming its meteoric rise.

Tesla is now down almost 30 percent since the Nasdaq peaked on February 12, reducing its gain in the past six months to about 43 percent. 

Since February 12, Apple Inc is down about 13 percent, with Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc down less than 10 percent.

Since Tesla announced on February 8 that it bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoins, its stock has steadily fallen, while the price of bitcoin has climbed over 10 percent. 

Tesla said it bought the bitcoins during January, and if it hypothetically bought them at the mid-point price of about $45,000 for that month, its investment could now be worth around $1.7 billion, according to Reuters calculations.

Source: Reuters