According to Investopedia, "Froth refers to market conditions preceding an actual market bubble, where asset prices become detached from their underlying intrinsic values as demand for those assets drives their prices to unsustainable levels."
Based on this definition, Tesla has definitely been frothy. In fact, its recent jump in stock price was parabolic — potentially a blow-off top. Referring to this near-vertical surge, Matt Maley, Chief Market Strategist at Miller Tabak, told CNBC that he predicted trouble in Tesla's future:
Tesla has gone parabolic.[...] This is taking Tesla well above a level that would be supported by its current fundamentals… The stock is going to get absolutely clobbered at some point before long.
On Twitter, Ralph Nader commented on what Tesla's stock surge could be signaling:
That ‘Speculative Zeal’ May Already Be Happening, and Here's Why …
Sven Henrich seems to agree with both Maley and Nader, calling the Tesla stock run-up "Absolute vertical panic buying, it's basically a reversion train wreck waiting to happen, technically speaking."
The "reversion train wreck" Henrich alluded to — a price drop of more than $100 a share — happened just one day after the stock's unusual rise, mainly because of fears that the coronavirus would delay new vehicle deliveries to China.
So, to summarize, Tesla's stock soared on "buyer panic" and crashed on a different kind of "panic." The result is an extremely "frothy" company stock price that has become detached from the fundamentals that should normally drive that price.
Another way to think of fundamentals is reality. Does Tesla's stock price reflect reality?
Right now it sure seems Tesla's stock is overvalued. Who knows when the company will cover its legendary losses, stop burning through cash, and return to reality?
This may not happen until the Fed reverses the current flow of easy money.
Is the Fed's ‘Printing Press’ Fueling a Frothy Market?
Underlying problems with the Fed's recent repo operations appear to be on the verge of escalating, which could trigger even more Fed money printing — and more froth in financial markets.
"Here we go again," said Lisa Schalett, Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley, referring to similarities between earlier rounds of Quantitative Easing and recent Fed injections of cash into the repo markets.
"This really speaks to the idea that once again we're on the brink of potentially being in this bubble, where valuations are about the story and the narrative and not about the cash flow and profits," she said last November.
Fast forward to today and it sure seems like fundamentals have taken a back seat, Fed monetary policy is loosening again, and "frothy" stocks like Tesla are along for the ride.
Don't Let Your Retirement Become a ‘Frothy’ Mess
You likely know the often-repeated definition of insanity…
Keep doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results.
This isn't rational thinking. But it sure seems like the U.S. economy, this time aided by the Fed's "organic" balance sheet growth, could be heading for another crisis similar to the dot com bubble — or worse.
Don't wait until the entire market is full of frothy stocks to start protecting your savings. Start finding solutions today such as precious metals like gold and silver. The sooner you start protecting your wealth, the better.
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