TSLA popped at the open and gapped to all-time highs above $2,100. Unfortunatly, that was as good as it got because minutes later, agressive selling slashed nearly 10% off those lofty highs. But rather than devolve into a truly dreadful bloodbath, dip buyers raced in and reclaimed a big portion of those losses. By the end of the day, the stock managed to close back above the psychlogically significant $2k level.
Good day, bad day, or mixed signals? By all rational accounts, it is impossible to classify a 10% intraday crater a good thing. But at the same time, the fact such a shocking move didn’t trigger wider selling tell us many owners are not afraid of a little (or a lot!) of volatility and are confidently waiting for higher prices “no matter what”. That limited the damage and dip buyers were able to pick up the pieces and get the stock to close well above those initial lows.
Some bad, stir in some good and that leaves us with a mixed day. And as is usually the case, we cannot read too much into a single day’s price action. Today was definitely a signal to pay attention to, but unless it is followed up by other cautionary move, the previous trend higher remains fully intact.
As I wrote last week, this stock is extrely frothy and what goes up this fast, comes down even faster. As long as this stock remains above $2k, it is ownable, but anytime it falls under $2k, proceed with extreme caution. Today’s $200 tumble could easily turn into $300 or $500 before we know what hit us.
I love trading bubbles, but that also means knowing when to get out. Way too many people are going to ride this all the way up and then hold it all the way down. It happens every…single…time. Don’t be one of those people. Have a plan to protect your profits and then when everyone else is crying about the next TSLA tumble, you will be there with a pile of cash, ready to buy the next dip. But you have to get out first before you can do to do that.
And you know what, if we get out too soon, we can always jump back in. The nimblenss of our size if the greatest ability of being an independent trader. Remember, we only make money when we sell our winners. Buy TSLA above $2k and sell it under $2k. If we get tossed around in some whipsaws, no big deal. It sure beats holding a huge crash or missing out on the next pop.
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Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and financial analyst that has successfully traded stocks and options for nearly three decades. He has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and two graduate business degrees from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes engineering at Fortune 500 companies, small business consulting, and managing investment real estate. He is now fortunate enough to trade full-time from home, affording him the luxury of spending extra time with his wife and two children.