Can profits recharge electric vehicle stocks?
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It’s been a mixed bag for electric and autonomous vehicle companies. Industry leader Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) recently cut prices for its electric vehicle (EV) models, clearly signaling a drop in demand. Meanwhile, Chinese premium electric vehicle maker NIO Inc. (NYSE: NIO) and battery producer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited recently announced a five-year agreement to create a new battery power system. batteries and join other initiatives.
However, upcoming earnings reports from Tesla and other innovative industry leaders are what could really set the tone for early 2023. In recent months, the Indxx US Electric and Autonomous Vehicles Index* has been looking for a direction after a decline, much like the overall market.
Indxx US Electric and Autonomous Vehicles Index (9/16/22–1/16/23)
Source: Indxx indices.
Top Earnings Reports to Watch: Tesla and NIO
Telsa is the largest stock in the Indxx American index of electric and autonomous vehicles around 10% of the benchmark as of December 31, 2022. The past few months have been tough for the closely watched stock, and last quarter deliveries were below expectations. There are lingering concerns that CEO Elon Musk will be distracted by also holding the reins of Twitter, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWTR), although there are expectations that he may soon appoint a new Twitter CEO. It could be another potential catalyst for Tesla shares.
Tesla expected to report quarterly results after markets close on Jan. 25. In particular, investors will be looking for any color on Tesla’s recent price cuts and what that means for demand for electric vehicles amid signs of a slowing economy.
NIO, the second largest stock in the Indxx US Electric and Autonomous Vehicles Index, is expected to report quarterly results in March. Shares of the Chinese luxury electric vehicle maker have been on a long decline. The stock peaked in early 2021 and is down more than 60% in the past 12 months. The question is whether the bad news has already factored in and whether NIO and the broader EV industry are ready for a rebound.
When NIO releases its quarterly results, investors will be looking for potential upside amid the easing of China’s COVID-related restrictions and supply chain disruptions. Investors will also be looking for details on the five-year comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement with Contemporary Amperex Technology that the companies recently announced.
Trading the Bull case for electric and autonomous vehicles
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