Shares of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) plunged 22.4% last month, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The electric car company sparked a plethora of headlines in May, most of them the negative kind.
Tesla bears had a field day in May as the company slashed base prices on its higher-end Model S and Model X cars, followed by the announcement of a companywide cost-cutting program. Some critics saw this move as a sign that Tesla is inching closer to bankruptcy, while others took CEO Elon Musk at his word when he said that the company is less than a year away from sustainably positive profits. Many Wall Street analysts lowered their price targets on the stock, led by Morgan Stanley dropping its worst-case valuation estimate from $97 per share all the way down to $10. The same firm also kept a $230 target price for the more likely "base case" scenario, settling for a hold rating overall.
At this point, Tesla's shares have absorbed a 36% beating in 52 weeks and a 43% drop over the last six months. This stock is not recommended for investors with a low tolerance for market risk, but Tesla still offers tremendous upside in the long run if the company manages to deliver on its lofty promises. From my point of view, this looks like a promising buy-in opportunity -- with plenty of speed bumps in the road ahead.