Tesla (TSLA) Stock Price and Forecast: Tesla slows into first gear as key resistance level nears

  • Tesla shares steady on Friday, a small fall of 1% but still at a key juncture.
  • TSLA shares have fallen sharply since January.
  • TSLA rallies up to resistance at the 200-day moving average.

Tesla shares lost some ground on Friday but it was a relatively modest 1% loss with the shares closing at $580.88. Earlier in the week, Tesla shares had dropped to $546 as continued negative momentum built around the stock. However, the momentum indicators signaled the move was oversold and Tesla shares duly recovered. Both Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Commodity Channel Index (CCI) had dropped into oversold territory on May 13.

Tesla now has rallied up to its key 200-day moving average at $591. This is also where the 9-day moving average sits so it is a key short and long-term resistance level. A confluence of indicators or resistance levels makes them stronger and so harder to breakthrough. Reports at the weekend circulated on social media that Tesla is now sitting on a loss for its Bitcoin investment that is bigger than the profit reported by Tesla for Q1 2021. This will likely hurt the share price again but so far Tesla is holding steady in the early premarket session.

Tesla stock forecast

Tesla has been in a classic downtrend since late January with a series of lower highs and lows. The break of $780 in late February was what really ended any hope of bulls returning as that key support was broken, then retested and failed. While Thursday’s bounce was encouraging, there is still work to do. 

A beautiful 4% move from Tesla on Thursday saw it retrace up to the 200-day moving average at $590. This is now the key level, and it has a confluence of resistance with the $591 line, identified and the short-term 9-day moving average. As mentioned this will be a tough resistance to break given all three resistance factors at play. 

Any break above $591 could accelerate to $625 as there is not much volume despite the steep fall – a form of vacuum. The earlier failure to break $539 can also be taken as a small victory for bulls on the longer-term horizon, as it will result in a higher low, albeit only marginally, but they still count. Clearly then $539 is now the key to the recovery seen late last week in Tesla shares. $591 may prove too much resistance too soon but holding $539 is needed to stabilize recent losses and consolidate for another challenge to the $591 level.  Breaking this $539 level probably sees Tesla slip further to the bear target in the $440 region.  Hold and Tesla can stabilize. Any break above $625 sees bulls back in control. The momentum oscillators RSI, CCI and ROC have all been close to or signaling oversold conditions recently.

Support 539 500 465 430    
Resistance 591 625 667 715 781  

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