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Why Shares of Blink Charging Plummeted 23% in February

By Scott Levine - Mar 8, 2021 at 12:38PM

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Investors pumped the brakes on this EV-oriented stock after driving shares much higher over the past year.

What happened

Reversing course from its 16% climb in January, shares of Blink Charging (BLNK 10.31%) plunged 23% in February, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Investors may have found the stock's fall last month surprising considering the bevy of encouraging news items regarding the company's expansion. However, those who follow the EV space closely were likely less surprised considering the movements of other EV-related stocks.

A downtrending financial chart.

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So what

It has been a wild ride for Blink investors over the past year. In 2020, shares of Blink skyrocketed nearly 2,200%, making it one of the most notable clean energy stories of the year. And if investors only read the company's news announcements last month and ignored the stock, they'd probably suspect that shares of Blink would continue rising -- and for some time they did. Early in February, for example, the company announced a deal with the City of San Antonio which drove shares higher. Two weeks later, Blink announced that InterEnergy placed an order, valued at about $1 million, for 150 fast-charging stations from Blink. For some context, Blink had reported revenue of $3 million for all of 2019, so an order valued at $1 million is nothing to sneeze at.

With no weak earnings report or bearish analyst opinion scaring investors off, what was behind the stock's decline? It seems that the stock's fall was tied in to the overall market sell-off in EV stocks. It turns out that the market exuberance for EV stocks did, in fact, have limits. Besides Blink, Tesla, for example, slumped in February as did other popular names like NIO and Li Auto

BLNK Chart

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Now what

Evidently, investors still aren't charged up about Blink's stock. Shares have tumbled more than 20% so far in March. While less common with blue chip stocks, wild stock swings like those that Blink has recently experienced are to be expected, considering the company is early in its growth phase. Investors who are keen on Blink's prospects, therefore, will want to pay especially close attention to the company's fourth-quarter 2020 earnings, which should be reported in the coming weeks, to provide greater insight into the company's fundamentals.

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