Tesla's value has fallen nearly $200 billion in just over a month.
The EV-maker's shares have fallen about a fifth since their 2023 peak last month.
"Exploding" Tesla inventories could spell more trouble for Elon Musk's carmaker.
The only way for Tesla stock has been up this year – until last month at least.
Elon Musk's EV-maker had surged about 170% to peak at $291 on July 19, but has since lost about a fifth of its value.
That's dragged Tesla's market cap down almost $200 billion to about $730 billion as of Tuesday's close, per Google Finance.
A mix of inflation, higher interest rates, and recession fears have driven Tesla's decline. Investors are bracing for Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell's speech Friday for clues about its next steps.
The Fed has already raised elevated borrowing costs from near-zero to more than 5% over the past year. Some fear that any more rises could trigger a recession, given inflation is not too far above the Fed's 2% target at 3.2% annually.
Higher interest rates tend to be bad news for high-growth stocks, including Tesla, because it eats away at company profitably through expensive borrowing costs. Investors also get deterred from piling into equities as rising interest rates tend to push up returns on bond investments, making them a safer investment compared to stocks.
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He questioned whether that could force Tesla to cut prices again. Since Cathie Wood said on CNBC on June 9 that Tesla shares could be worth as much as $2,000, Johnson said she'd reduced Ark Invest's holding by 936,000 shares, or more than 17.6%. "It seems, even your biggest supporter in @CathieDWood is losing hope."
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