Tesla shares plunge amid crash in oil prices, China virus risks

Shares of the electric-vehicle maker fell as much as 14% to $605 in New York before a wider sell-off prompted a market-wide trading halt.
By : Bloomberg
| Updated on: 09 Mar 2020, 08:48 PM
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File photo used for representational purpose only. (REUTERS)
File photo used for representational purpose only. (REUTERS)
File photo used for representational purpose only.

Tesla Inc. shares opened lower on Monday as concerns about a price war in oil spur a crash in crude prices and the coronavirus outbreak weighs heavily on car sales in China.

Shares of the electric-vehicle maker fell as much as 14% to $605 in New York before a wider sell-off prompted a market-wide trading halt. The shares last traded at these levels in late January. The stock had risen to about $917 in mid-February, just before a broader meltdown hit the markets amid the intensifying virus risks.

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Dwindling oil prices, triggered by the breakup of the OPEC+ alliance, spells trouble for Tesla. With both Russia and Saudi Arabia flooding the market with cheap oil, the company’s expensive battery-driven vehicles will become a tougher sell.

The slowdown in China is another major challenge, given a big part of the company’s growth trajectory is dependent on that country, which is one of the major global markets for electric cars.

To contact the reporter on this story: Esha Dey in New York at edey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Courtney Dentch at cdentch1@bloomberg.net, Will Daley

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First Published Date: 09 Mar 2020, 08:48 PM IST
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