NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When discussing the strength of so-called "momentum stocks," investors like to conveniently forget that "momentum" is a two-way street. No company exemplifies this better today than Tesla (TSLA). While a dilemma remains as to whether the stock should be invested in or traded, one thing is clear; the high-end electric vehicle company has sputtered.
Shares closed Monday at $204.38 per share. Although the stock is up 37% year to date, Tesla has lost 22% of its value since shares peaked at $265 in February. Remarkably, this has occurred on seemingly no news. The reality is that no one knows how to value the stock.
Analysts not helped. Consider, of the 16 analysts that cover the stock, eight of them rate Tesla as a "hold." Only five of them have a positive rating. The remaining three believe Tesla stock should be sold. Or at best, they consider it "underweight."
Part of the confusion stems from the fact that some investors want to compare Tesla to technology companies like Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG), while others believe it falls more along the lines of Ford (F) and General Motors (GM).
Rich Ross, chief market technician of Auerbach Grayson, thinks Tesla fits the criteria of a falling knife. Ross believes that Tesla is in danger of pulling back to its 50-day moving average, which points to a target of $150 per share, or a 25% lower than current fair value.
While Ross may be more bearish than most, there is certainly precedent for his prediction. Apple was once a momentum stock until its peak at $705 in September 2012. Apple stock went on to lose more than 40% of its value in a matter of months. Shares of Tesla peaked at $265 in February. A decline to $150 per share would equate to a fall of 43%.