These Analysts Remain Sidelined on Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA), Bullish on Apple Inc. (AAPL)

While brokerage firm Oppenheimer seems a little unsure about which direction Tesla Motors Inc  (NASDAQ:TSLA) is headed, Pacific Crest believes, wholeheartedly, that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could skyrocket. Read below to see why the firms are neutral on Tesla and Bullish on Apple.

Tesla Motors Inc

Following an in depth review of Tesla model deliveries, Oppenheimer analyst, Colin Rusch reiterated a Hold rating for the company’s stock without setting a price target.

The analyst notes that Tesla is in a critical transition period. With shares drifting near key technical support levels after an influx of perplexing news, the analyst explains that Tesla’s stock is very sensitive. The company is also trying to expand its portfolio buy attempting to purchase SolarCity. The analyst expects Tesla to make a formal offer on the acquisition of SolarCity before 2Q16 earnings are released.

The analyst believes that Tesla could see a period of “meaningful manufacturing leverage” as production of the Model X ramps up. However, the analyst explains that it is important to take into account the recent events that have been unfolding involving Model S autopilot crashes. The analyst expects the company to be under significant scrutiny as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigates two of three autopilot related crashes.

The analyst tweaks his 2016 estimates to reflect shipment data from 2Q16. He explains that his shipment estimates are slightly lower now at 76,400 vehicles from a previously expected 80,000.

According to, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Colin Rusch has a yearly average return of 8.5% and a 44% success rate. Rusch has an 88.9% average return when recommending TSLA, and is ranked #486 out of 4038 analysts.

TipRanks analytics shows 40% of analysts issuing a Buy rating for TSLA, another 40% maintaining a Hold rating, and the remaining 20% upholding a Sell rating for the stock. The consensus price target for TSLA is $266.28, marking an 18.5% upside from current prices.

Apple Inc.

Preceding the release of Apple’s new iPhone 7, Pacific Crest analyst, Andy Hargreaves weighed in on the stock. The analyst recommends that investors should own AAPL, and reiterates his Overweight rating for the stock with a price target of $121.00.

The analyst explains that he expects FQ3 revenues of $41.7 billion and EPS of $1.39. These numbers fall just short of consensus revenue estimates of $42.2 billion, and EPS estimates of $1.40, however the analyst is not concerned. He clarifies, “we expect Apple to guide F4Q at least in line with sell-side consensus, which should provide a measure of relief to investors who are concerned about further deterioration through the iPhone 7 cycle.”

The analyst concedes that iPhone 7 sales could be down 20% when compared to iPhone 6s sales upon release. The analyst believes, “We believe this reflects over-ordering of components early in the 6s cycle and a mix shift to iPhone SE, and does not suggest incremental downside to the current consensus estimate for Apple to sell 118 million iPhones in C2H16.”

In addition, the analyst maintains some concern about how uncertainty in Europe’s markets could affect European consumer spending on iPhone models. However, the analyst remains bullish on AAPL.

According to TipRanks, Andy Hargreaves Ranked #183 out of 4,038 analysts and boasts an average return of 17% with a 49% success rate on his recommendations. When rating AAPL, the analyst sees an average return of 14% on his calls with a success rate of 46%.

The consensus price target for AAPL is $123.25, marking a 27.09% upside from current prices, according to TipRanks. 82% of analysts currently issue a Buy rating for AAPL, 15% maintain a Hold rating, and 3% uphold a Sell rating for the stock.


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