(Bloomberg Opinion) – Tesla Inc. was a haven for investors who held the stock during its roughly 800% surge over the past year. For sell-side analysts dealing with the electric car maker, the experience has been rather chastising.
Even after several prominent number crackers revised their comparatively bearish predictions last week, the average stock price target is below those the company covers, still almost 50% below the current level. Only a third of those who cover the stock recommend buying them, a percentage that has barely changed over the years. (By comparison, almost all of the analysts working on Amazon.com Inc. have a Buy recommendation.)
I worry that if brokers collectively become more collectively bullish, the stock will be completely detached from financial fundamentals could inflate a bubble that is in part driven by speculative options trading and momentum strategies. Even CEO Elon Musk warned about the richness of Tesla’s stock price last year, and at that point its value was a fraction of what it is now.
Wall Street analysts are inherently optimistic (brokers make money, when investors buy stocks), and they might feel pressure not to be too critical of companies lest management deny them access (or prevent their employer from allowing debt and equity increases).
In Teslas Fall, the sell side was unusually skeptical, but this has left them chasing the stock. Investors who followed her advice not to buy have missed out on huge profits. Tesla created a market value of more than $ 150 billion in the past week. Given the potentially increased number of shares in stock options, Tesla is now worth more than $ 1 trillion.
« There’s no graceful way to put this other than saying that we got TSLA stock completely wrong » wrote Joseph Spak, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, last week. His colleague, Evercore ISI analyst Chris McNally, admitted he had « been on the wrong side of TSLA for over a year » and nearly tripled his price target to $ 650. On Monday, Credit Suisse Group AG analyst Dan Levy doubled his price target to $ 800. The stock closed at $ 880 last week.
For Tesla aficionados, these mea culpas are seen as confirmation that automotive analysts never got it right. Tesla’s ambitions go well beyond building cars and include things like solar power and energy storage. However, the analysts who cover the stock are mostly auto industry experts.
Musk has encouraged his followers to ignore Wall Street statements, penalizing those financial talks for asking « boring, bony » questions on earnings calls
« I think a lot of retail investors actually have deeper and more detailed insights than many of the large institutional investors and certainly better insights than many of the analysts, » Musk said last year. Who needs expensive advice from a well-known investment bank when Reddit is out?
Tesla’s outlook has improved recently: production struggles have subsided, the balance sheet is safer, and profitability has increased by several quarters. Joe Biden’s election should mean US policies on electric vehicles will become cheaper. However, none of this justifies Musk’s valuation of the company at 27 times its expected sales for 2020 (in context: one of Tesla’s largest competitors, Volkswagen AG, trades 0.3 times sales).
Spak’s uncomfortable explanation for abandoning his bearish stance spoke volumes: He said his biggest mistake was underestimating Tesla’s ability to « use stock prices to cheaply raise capital and fund capacity spending and growth ».
With others Words, little did he suspect that Tesla’s shares would soar to such high heights and enable him to print money without diluting existing investors too much – Tesla raised around $ 12 billion from stock sales in 2020.
You know Alice reached Wonderland when one of the main arguments for buying a stock is the money that can be generated by issuing even more stocks. This, of course, is a huge advantage over VW and other traditional automakers who have to fund investments by selling cars. Tesla is not unique in this regard, however: Chinese automaker NIO Inc. and a number of new entrants supported by acquisition companies for special purposes have used investor passion to raise money cheap too.
The more bullish ones Tesla analysts typically attach great importance to activities like autonomous hailing, third-party powertrain sales, energy, and insurance, some of which are small or don’t yet exist. « Think of Tesla as an ESG or climate change innovation ETF, » says Adam Jonas of Morgan Stanley, who cryptically refers to Tesla as the « chosen one. » Fortunately, others persist in their unfashionable and prudent views. « Ultimately, investments are worth the discounted value of their future cash flow, » Ryan Brinkman, analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co., recently told Bloomberg News’ Esha Dey. Brinkman’s target price of $ 105 is more than 85% below current levels.
Barclays analyst Brian Johnson’s target price of $ 230 reflects the execution risks and competition that Tesla faces from other automakers will be. He’s the first to admit that his warning that Tesla’s rise was reminiscent of the dotcom bubble made him sound like a boring « OK, boomer », but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong.
In truth Portfolio managers don’t always pay close attention to the target price analysts who are placed on a stock. The top-rated analysts are not always the best stock pickers: what matters is the quality and originality of their analysis.
So I hope that Brinkman and Johnson will withstand outside pressure to deal with the « new paradigm », because the market is healthier when there are multiple views. If the sell side surrenders and provides an after-the-fact justification for Tesla’s inexplicable surge, Tesla risks being completely pegged. And then private investors who beat analysts last year really risk getting hurt.
This column doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial team or the Bloomberg LP and its owners.
Chris Bryant is a columnist the Bloomberg Opinion, which deals with industrial companies. He previously worked for the Financial Times.
Turkey invited Greece on Monday to resume talks to ease tension between neighbors after disputes over sea borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean this summer. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also invited Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to a meeting to discuss their difficult relations. The invitation comes because Turkey, faced with European Union sanctions, has promised to improve relations with EU countries.
A short series of strong storms – the ones with moisture from the is expected entire Central Pacific are laden – Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and parts of Northern California and Idaho will hit with enough rain at low elevations to increase the risk of flooding and the snow will pile over the highlands by Wednesday.
A long plume of moisture, or an atmospheric river, was visible over the Pacific, coming from northern Hawaii on Monday morning. When such a pattern occurs, heavy rain and heavy mountain snow are common along the west coast.
This image, captured at 5 a.m. PST on Monday, January 11, 2021, shows a streak of cloud associated with excess moisture that extends from the central Pacific to the coast of Washington state. (CIRA in the state of Colorado / GOES-West)
Freezing levels will be low enough early Monday to result in snow, a wintry mix, and a slippery ride over the passes in the Cascades.
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« The storms will be associated with lots of moisture and warmer air, which will cause snow depths to rise and melt snow at intermediate heights in the Olympics, Cascades and coastal areas, » said Courtney Travis, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.
« The storm cover is predicted to dump 1 to 2 inches of general rain along the coast at lower elevations, with 2 to 4 inches expected in intermediate elevations between 2,000 and 4,000 feet by early Wednesday morning, » Travis said.
An AccuWeather Local StormMax ™ of 6 inches is forecast.
Although the expected rain and high altitude snow may not be as intense as some atmospheric river structures in the past, it can create significant problems.
To some extent, the snowpack above the intermediate levels absorbs precipitation, but in some cases the combination of rain and melting snow at intermediate levels can shed enough water into small creeks and the short-term rivers that flow from the Cascades and Olympics cause flooding . Water trapped in snow can cause an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain to be released. Hence the concern about floods.
« The combination of rain and saturated soil can also lead to mudslides. In areas that have been hit by forest fires in recent years, and especially last season, the risk is greater, » said Travis.
AccuWeather forecasters warned of yet another threat the stormy weather this week could pose. Wet snow falling from the storms this week and milder conditions can cause the snowpack over the highlands to become unstable enough to result in avalanches.
By the middle to the end of the week, the weather pattern will change along the Pacific coast.
A northward bulge of the jet stream is expected to develop, which should force Pacific storms north towards Alaska later this week through the end of next week and possibly through late January. The pattern may only allow weak systems to bring spotty showers to the northwest on some occasions.
The same pattern results in midweek through the next week temperatures being 8 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average. Typical heights range from the mid to upper 40s on the Washington coast to the mid 30s in east Washington to the 20s and teenagers over the highlands of the Northern Cascades.
As heat builds west of the Rockies, the cold air will gradually overtake areas further east in much of North America in mid-to late January.
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Pharmaceutical companies face challenges in making vaccines and building supply chains to meet demand for COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer has even lowered its production targets. The shortage of vaccines has led to calls for a band aid-like strategy to stretch the precarious supply. In order to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19, the UK doctors decided to prioritize distributing a first dose of vaccine to as many people as possible – by delaying the second dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID vaccine to 12 weeks of the recommended 3-4. President-elect Biden wants to release all vaccine doses to expedite the vaccination program. However, there is a risk that vaccine manufacturers may not be able to replenish supplies to ensure the second dose is delivered on time. These decisions have opened a rift between experts as some support giving a single dose of vaccine to as many people as possible while others want to vaccinate according to the protocol used in the clinical trials. In the US, only about one-tenth of the 300 million cans promised as of January under Operation Warp Speed are actually available. Even so, the Food and Drug Administration has reminded the medical community of the importance of receiving both doses of COVID-19 vaccines according to the way they have been tested in clinical trials. The FDA says there is no data to support the vaccine’s effectiveness if the second dose is delayed. I’m interested in this debate because I coordinate an international registry of cancer patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Patients with current or previous cancers are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as those without cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not include current or surviving cancer patients in the first group of COVID-19 vaccine recipients. Changing vaccine doses seems like a simple solution to expand the limited supply and provide vaccines to more vulnerable populations. But is it the right thing? What is a vaccine? A vaccine gives the human body an insight into the virus that causes the disease. This preview trains the immune system for exposure to the real virus. Early vaccines, like the oral poliovirus vaccines, contained live but weakened viruses. These offer robust immunity, but the risk of disease is low, as even a weakened virus can in rare cases become active and cause disease. Modern vaccines are safer because they are increasingly based only on parts of the virus, the so-called antigens. In the case of COVID-19, the antigen is the spike protein that enables the SARS-CoV-2 virus to enter cells. Various COVID-19 vaccines under development are based on a synthetic spike protein or its genetic code. The FDA has so far granted emergency approval to two mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines. from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. In the UK, a DNA vaccine developed by AstraZeneca is also approved. These three vaccines provide the genetic material that encodes the viral spike protein. Once injected into the upper arm, the muscle cells read the genetic instructions and use them to make the viral spike protein right in the body. The disadvantage of these safer, newer vaccines is that a single dose induces a less effective immune response than a weakened viral vaccine and requires frequent repeated vaccinations to achieve more complete immunity. Many current vaccines for humans, such as tetanus, hepatitis B, measles, polio, and HPV, require two doses: the first to activate the immune system and the second to boost the immune response. The effectiveness of all three approved COVID-19 vaccines was studied in the two-dose regimens. For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the studied and approved interval is 21 days between the first and second dose. For the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the interval is 28 days. For the AstraZeneca vaccine, two doses are tested 28 days apart. What happens after the vaccination? An effective vaccine should produce immunological memory similar to or better than that achieved by exposure to the natural disease – but without causing the disease. To do this, after initial exposure to a vaccine or natural infection, a class of white blood cells called naive B cells produce antibodies as a first line of defense against infection. These early antibodies typically peak four weeks after the first immunization, but decrease significantly thereafter. Fewer antibodies mean that invading virus particles are more likely to escape destruction. Therefore, the protective immunity to the first or first dose of vaccine is generally not very effective or lasting. After the initial exposure, some B cells and another type of white blood cell called T cells become “memory cells” that remember the antigen – in this case the spike protein. With the second and subsequent booster exposure, these storage cells reactivate quickly and produce more effective antibodies that can recognize the target virus and bind firmly to it. The antibodies produced by memory cells after the booster dose rise rapidly at ten to one hundred times higher protection levels and persist longer. Why is the timing of the second dose important? Both mRNA vaccines provide protection, even after the first dose, well above the minimum limit of 50% established for the approval criteria for emergency applications for COVID-19 vaccines based on clinical studies. However, the effectiveness of these vaccines was tested on a two-dose regimen. During Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine study, one vaccinated participant and nine who received a placebo developed a severe case of COVID-19 after the first dose. This suggests that participants developed partial protection as early as 12 days after the first dose. However, all vaccine recipients received their second dose just nine days later, so there are no data on how long protection from the single dose would have lasted. Similarly, for Moderna’s vaccine study, there appeared to be some post-dose protection against COVID-19. However, the limited data do not provide sufficient information on long-term protection beyond 28 days after the single dose. In the absence of supporting evidence, nothing definite can be closed about the depth or duration of protection after just a single dose of currently approved vaccines or the choice between the studied and longer gaps between doses. While the effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines against symptomatic COVID-19 has exceeded expectations, researchers still don’t know how long this protection will last. In the follow-up to the Phase 1 study of Moderna’s vaccine during the 119 days after the first dose, antibodies decreased in all participants and neutralizing antibodies, which not only bind the virus but also block the infection, decreased by 50% to 75% What can happen if the vaccination is incomplete? Viruses naturally mutate due to copying errors in their genetic code when reproducing in the host’s body, or due to the exchange of genetic codes between different viruses co-infecting the same host. However, they also evolve to evade host immunity, especially when faced with a weak but persistent immune response. SARS-CoV-2 can already be low in infected people, and around 40% to 45% of those infected show no symptoms at all. An immunocompromised patient using therapies to fight autoimmune diseases or cancer was found to have the virus for up to 154 days. In such situations, there is an increased likelihood of developing a variant of the virus that escapes the immune response and spreads quickly. In fact, it is believed that the new highly infectious British variant, which is also spreading in the US, could have come from a chronically infected person. Although the development of vaccine resistance due to effective and rigorously engineered vaccines is considered very rare, mathematical modeling suggests that a resistant virus can easily emerge if the immune response is too weak to destroy all viruses in the host. Urgent and ineffective vaccines can produce antibodies that viruses fail to recognize and bind poorly, which can do more harm than good. Changing dosage to overcome supply shortages is a contentious and ongoing debate. However, making wrong decisions without sufficient scientific evidence could be counterproductive. This article was republished by The Conversation, a non-profit news site dedicated to exchanging ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Sanjay Mishra, Vanderbilt University. Read more: * Vaccination delays reveal an unexpectedly weak link in the supply chains: Labor shortage * How many people need a COVID-19 vaccine to stop the coronavirus? Sanjay Mishra receives funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and was previously supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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President Donald Trump has long insisted on social Media giants are singled out, while others show similar behavior. Now he has a dubious ally in the battle against tech bosses after a number of Ugandan government-related Facebook pages were shut down ahead of a major presidential election on Thursday that officially led the way Country Could Change Country It shut down the accounts, some of which were kept by the Department of Information and Communications, as well as the personal accounts of government officials, as they were part of a network that worked together to target pop star politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who goes by Bobi Wine. The 38-year-old opposition leader is approaching President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986. During Museveni’s 35-year tenure, the infamous “Kill the Gays” law increased the penalty for homosexuality from life in prison to death. After the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Museveni’s senior press officer Don Wanyama were closed, Wanyama accused the company of the Wanting to influence choice. « Shame on the foreign armed forces who believe they can support Uganda and build a puppet leadership by disabling online accounts of NRM supporters (the ruling party), » he wrote on Twitter, which has so far not stifled him. « You will not take away President Kaguta Museveni. » Speaking of his remote ranch over the weekend, Museveni said the closure of the accounts constituted foreign interference and that Wine was an agent of foreign interests promoting homosexuality. « He is very encouraged by foreigners and homosexuals, » he said. “Homosexuals are very happy with Bobi Wine. I think they even send him support. “Several Wine supporters and aides were killed or arrested, and the opponent was expelled from the campaign and beaten several times under the guise of violating COVID-19 restrictions. Government-backed Facebook pages have accused Wine of attempting a riot. In November, 54 people were killed by security forces after Wine supporters sparked riot after his imprisonment. By closing the Facebook pages associated with the Department of Information and Communication Technology, Facebook has raised further questions about when to intervene to close down a method of communicating with voters. « With the upcoming elections in Uganda, we made a quick effort to investigate and dismantle this network, » Facebook said in a statement. A spokesman for the African Facebook networks said the pages exhibited coordinated spurious behavior, a term Facebook coined when it allegedly took place « Groups of pages or people work together to mislead others about who they are or what they do. » According to Facebook, the network included mirror accounts and fake profiles, as well as civil servants’ private accounts and pages that were run by the government and all used to reinforce certain messages. « This month we removed a network of accounts and sites in Uganda dealing with Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) for public debate ahead of the elections, » said Kezia Anim-Addo, director of Facebook communications for Sub-Saharan Africa a statement. « They used fake and duplicate accounts to manage pages, comment on other people’s content, impersonate users, and re-share posts in groups to make them appear more popular than they were. » More than 100 such networks manipulating public debate have been removed worldwide since 2017, the statement said. In December, Facebook deleted pages from Russia and France, including one tied to the French army on charges of disrupting operations in Africa. In October, Facebook shut down a conspiracy page for a political party in New Zealand that was accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19 ahead of the local elections. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Find out more.
TCL only started selling smartphones under its own banner last year and made optimal use of this dynamic – the company released six smartphones in 2020 alone. TCL today confirmed that it will release at least five smartphones in its new TCL 20 series, possibly including a more ambitious model, such as a final version of one of its rollable or foldable concepts. It has a 6.67-inch full HD display with a centered cutout so that an 8-megapixel front camera can peek through the panel.
The new 6-series televisions from TCL in 2021 will all be have an 8K resolution. Separately, a new line of 85-inch XL TVs will be launched, with the cheapest model starting at $ 1,599.
After TCL presented the concept of project archery several times at various trade shows in recent years , it is finally ready to open its minds to the public. Currently referred to as the TCL Wearable Display (the company didn’t go out of their way there), the headset will be available in stores later this year, though the company is not yet able to share prices or release information. After a few prototype phases, the portable display finally seems to have reached its final shape.
Last year TCL announced its fascinating NXTPAPER technology, which was not only a full-color paper-like display, but could also play videos at relatively high frame rates. Now, at CES 2021, the time has finally come to introduce the creatively named TCL NXTPAPER – an 8.88-inch Android tablet with the new screen. The tablet itself weighs 310 grams, making it lighter than the Amazon Fire HD 8 (363 grams) and the 2019 Galaxy Tab A 8-inch (320 grams).
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